I played with Leo Weniger in two events of the St. John’s Sectional this past weekend. Leo was visiting from Halifax and one of the things that made this such a great experience for me was Leo’s conduct at the table. I have never played in very many tournaments, but have played in a few — from Club championships, Sectionals, Regionals, Nationals, Zonals and one (former) World Bridge Olympiad. It doesn’t take many tournaments to get a feel for the general deportment.
I mainly play at the local club and so almost exclusively matchpoint pairs games. I played with Leo in the Knock-out Teams and the final Swiss Teams, so it was great to be playing teams again.
What made this such a pleasure for me is that Leo:
- Didn’t give lessons
- Rarely commented on a hand
- Didn’t criticise
- Didn’t gloat
- Didn’t try to show-off his bridge knowledge
- Didn’t get angry
- Did remain calm
- Was polite at all times
- Didn’t let opponents needle him
Boy, what a great time I had!
That deportment is something for all of us to strive for. It makes our game a pleasurable experience for all. Remember, we play this game to enjoy ourselves and if we make it a fun experience for others, they may very well return the favour.
Thank you Leo.