The Claudette Sandecki column of March 23, 2016 about participation of a student in a bridge game is basically incorrect in the example it offers.
It isn’t about being able to count to 15 – have to count far higher – the number 15 applies to the number of words one uses to bid.
In competitive serious games this is strictly enforced; in social games (like the one described) not really enforced. The idea is to bid precisely without adding words/inflections etc. that give partner info beyond the bid – a kind of cheating in serious bridge.
But then few outsiders who write about bridge get it right – not easy, even if they are a good interviewer.
Only reason I came across this bit of info, is I write a blog about social bridge survival after I’m dead and gone (I’m 96). So I have a Google Alert for the phrase “play bridge” which sent me a citation for Sandeckei’s column.
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