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comment Bridge - Counting and Visualising
I fully agree it's not a memory skill. But it's a skill alright. It's not something everybody can learn, though everyone can improve. The skill I am missing is to arrange stuff in my mind & solve problems in my mind. With any kind of problems which aren't trivial, in general, I am very good if I have a paper & pen in hand & pretty average without a paper and pen in hand. I have compared it with others who are better than me in solving stuff in their mind, but I kick their ass if I have a pen and paper with me. It's this same skill which gives me problems in bridge also.
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comment Bridge - Counting and Visualising
I am not sure how it is for an expert - but for me, even if I manage to remember three suits, the mental jugglery of calculating the 4th suit from the three will make me forget something else - i.e some count, or my strategy for the hand etc. This isn't because I am weak with calculations - I think I am pretty good at it. But because I am unable to multitask between so many things.
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comment Bridge - Counting and Visualising
I don't have problems remembering bidding conventions.
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comment Bridge - Counting and Visualising
I can count one suit. But if I start thinking about a 2nd suit, I forget my strategy and the first suit count. I know all the theory about splitting etc, but it doesn't help.
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comment Bridge - Counting and Visualising
Tried 1) memorising different distribution patterns eh 4-4-4-1, 4-3-3-3 etc - all possible combinations 2) Tried visualising a distribution of each suit or of each opponent at the beginning based on distribution and keep adjusting - but the brain is just not able to juggle so many things. The moment I think about strategy everything else goes out of my mind. 3) Counting up, Counting down - anything else given in books/websites.
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