The Confusing Game of “Bridge”

Bridge HandOne thousand Master Points, I have to my name.
But confusion today is the weakness of my game.
Back in the fifties, it was Culbertson’s rule,
Two and a half tricks to open, or you were a fool.

Then in the sixties, Goren appeared on the scene.
Point count developed, thirteen in hand must be seen.
“Jump shift” by responder showed a most powerful hand,
While today bid is weak, and shows cards so bland.

“Transfers” are something we need not discuss.
Non existent back then, so we not need to fuss.
In late sixties Stayman came, to find four card major fit.
So a four-four fit after No-trump, you could in comfort sit.

How the bidding has changed from summers through the winters.
Someone actually came up, with the idea of bidding “Splinters.”
You open a Club & hear a Spade, does partner have four or five?
“New Minor Forcing” tells you, and keeps the bidding alive.

There are so many, many more, conventions of your choice,
It makes no sense to play them all, and yearn to use your voice.
So sit down with your partner before you start to play,
And decide your likes and dislikes, to enjoy your Bridge today.

Bob Jacobson


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