Well about a month ago one close friend introduced me to one of his friends from outside either groups. I had heard of him when my friend spoke of him and he sounded interesting. Well about a month ago, my close friend invited me to lunch to meet this other man.
This person is from the UK and is older than me, which most expats are. He speaks well and I learned he was a marathon runner and an international concert pianist. He speaks or understands about 17 languages and has played the piano in concerts all over the world and has also been the teacher of some concert pianists out today.
With all this, his knowledge is vast and also well rounded. I love comedy and he knows of my favorites form the past and more modern times.
One day he mentioned Bridge to me. I told him I play Hearts and Spades and have even played Whist but in the States any body I knew who played Bridge, when asked to teach me said “Buy a book and learn, I have no patience to teach.”
When I told him this, he laughed and said he would like to teach me and once I learned to join his Bridge Group. He also mentioned at our second lesson that one of his friends who is an experienced player offered to play with his wife, my friend and I to gain experience.
Well today is my 3rd lesson. The playing of the cards is similar to Hearts and Spades except the team that wins the bid, one of the plays puts his cards down for all to see and his partner plays both hands in their turn.
You start by bidding what suit you would like to be trump and if you win the bid, either you get it and get the points or you lose them. The difficult part is the bidding. All of the bids are just codes to tell your partner how strong or weak your hand is, but the codes are standard s the other team knows whaat you mean too. You would not say, “Partner, I have a lot of strong cards and my main suit is spades” you would say “One Spade.” If your bids something else and you want to let him know you really are strong in Spades your next bid could be “Two Spades” not “Partner, I have a lot of high spades”
There is a bid to tell your partner, and the other players you have a garbage hand.
The bidding, and the codes are the hardest part of the game, but I was told at first I can have a little code sheet.
Well today is my 3rd lesson, wish me luck.