If you are an advancing player (i.e., a player with 20‑300 masterpoints) you may be interested in playing with a mentor.
You may wonder how to make a particular game or set a contract. You
might like to know what to bid in an auction. You may also wonder,
“What do experienced players think about at the table?” Playing with a
mentor allows you to ask an experienced player in the context of a real
game setting. This can improve your bidding and help develop defensive
and declarer skills. We are fortunate to have many experienced members
in our club who want to pass on their love of duplicate bridge to
players who want to advance their game. The mentorship program is
designed to bring you together.
The program has a flexible format:
• As a mentee,
you will choose your mentor. You can begin your mentorship at any time
that works for you and your mentor,
but we suggest that you play with your mentor at least once a month
over a 3- to 4-month period.
• You and your mentor will play
at least three or four times in any open game you choose. Playing in an
open game with your mentor is a great way to benefit
from the knowledge of your mentor and other experienced players by
observing what they do. This format also supports the primary
goal of the mentor program, which is to help advancing players develop
their skills and compete more knowledgeably in all games.
Here’s how it will work:
• Find a mentor: You can ask any
experienced player you know to be your mentor! Start by asking a player
you enjoy seeing at the table for a 3 or 4 game
commitment. If you don’t know many experienced players or you aren’t
sure who to ask, you may contact any member of the Education
Committee (below). Please remember that a potential mentor may have
already agreed to mentor someone for 3-4 games so you may have to be patient or ask several potential mentors.
• Find a time to play: You can play with your mentor in any open game!
• Tell us who
your mentor is: Once you and your mentor have agreed to play, please
let an Education Committee member know. This ensures that we don’t suggest someone as a mentor who is already mentoring.
• Give your mentor information
and prepare to learn: To get the most out of your mentorship games, you
should come prepared to learn. Here are some tips:
◦ Give your mentor a copy of your favorite convention card. Your mentor
will play your card. ◦ Give your mentor a list of 2 or 3 things you want to focus on when you play. ◦ As you play, note
questions on your score sheet. Good bridge etiquette includes not
discussing hands at the table, so make it a habit to write questions on your score sheet and ask your mentor later.
• Play: You have your mentor and your game time – so it’s time to play!
If you have any questions, ask members of the Education Committee: Ann
Larson, Mary Alice Seville, Walter Dobek, Kathleen Petrucela