HERE COMES THE JUDGE 
 
HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Watch an expert play. When the 
dummy is tabled he takes time out to go upstairs and think 
about the hand. Then he executes the play smoothly and 
quickly. Only if there is an unusual problem does he pause 
and think once again before continuing at the previous 
pace. His play is quiet and focused; effortless, free of blocks, 
inhibitions and doubts. The expert is totally in the moment; 
creating with inspiration, not reacting habitually. He is not 
striving, needing nor wishing. There is a relaxed 
concentration; no worrying, fearing nor hoping. 
        What inner skill is the expert using to quiet his mind? To 
find out we have to hear the beginner player's inner voice. 
"This is a tough hand. Will I make it? Let me see. . . six losers; 
three too many. Throw them on the floor or put them in my 
pocket. . . My luck they'll catch me. Ah, but let me try to pitch 
two losers on the high Clubs before I give up the lead by 
pulling trump. Here goes. . . Did it. Great! That was a good 
play. Super. Now for the Heart finesse. But which way? 
Towards the Jack or towards the Queen? I'll try the Jack. Here 
goes. . . It lost. Rats! Should have done it the other way. That 
was a bad play. I'm doing terrible."
        Two plays - one good and one bad. But the "goodness" 
or "badness" is ascribed by the player. It is not inherent to 
the play. One play succeeded and one failed. But the player 
judged the plays in terms of good or bad. That is, he assigned them positive or negative values. He passed judgment on the plays. What does this value of good/bad have to do with Bridge? Nothing.
 
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