The Bridge





There is such a variety of opinion about the bridge that the writers do

not feel confident enough to express any decided view about the matter.



It is a complicated question from a mathematical point of view, and they

have never kept any record for a long enough period of time to be of any

practical value.



They doubt, however, the expediency of keeping the bridge strictly.



If, however, the bridge is to be kept at all, it should be kept always,

and in the same manner; otherwise you deceive your partner.



There is a growing tendency to abolish the bridge. The writers remember

distinctly not long ago when every one kept the bridge; now the same

players take their chances with two lay aces, or the ace and another in

trumps. This, however, is purely a matter of taste, and is not offered

here as an arbitrary rule.



Naturally, some hands will make four beyond a doubt; but it is much

harder to get an imperfect lone hand through against two good players

than against two inferior ones; hence the better the players, the less

is the value of the bridge against the ordinary lone hand.





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