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#1 31 October, 2018 - 15:18
Joined: 6 months 4 weeks ago

New Member: LGTrader, Tucson, AZ

Hello all. I'm LGTrader (human name Mark) who retired early and recently moved to Tucson, AZ. I'm an EE by education and my career was designing chips in Silicon Valley for about 30 years. I was lucky being born in 1955, graduating in 1978, and being in the Bay Area when the PC became a thing in 1980 and the Mac in 1984. It's good to be lucky.

For about a year in the 1980's we played bridge at lunch and then like most bridge players got married and busy with other things and stopped playing. Since moving to Tucson I've started playing duplicate bridge and after about 3-4 months my partner and I are starting to come in 'average' in terms of scoring most weeks. In doing so I've had numerous problems playing hands which could clearly be reduced or eliminated if I improved my short-term memory. (Think less than 10 minutes...)

There are a number of areas I hope to work on but haven't actually tried any of them yet. Typical engineer - I like to do some study and see what info I can find about prior successes vs inventing from scratch. I found a book in Kindle Unlimited called "Unlimited Memory" by Kevin Horsley which gave me enough search terms to find my way here. I've read a few posts about people memorizing 52 card decks and am looking into how they've accomplished this. I'm sure some of that will be of help for me.

My immediate goals:
1) Find a way to memorize just the bidding for a single hand and ensure I can remember that for the amount of time it takes to play a hand. (Generally <10 minutes)

2) Work on how to remember 26 bidding sequences. Typically 26 hands is how many we play on a single day. Get to the end of the day and be able to write down how every bidding sequenced progressed.

Longer term goals:
3) Find a way to visualize the cards in each hand at the end of bidding and then improve that visualization as the hand is played. One measure of 'perfect' would be knowing the last card each player will play. Another would be knowing which card in my (or the dummy's) hand are known winners.

I will spend time looking for similar posts and if I need to will post myself with enough info about how bridge is played for more experienced memory folks to maybe make suggestions.

Anyway, probably too long a post but thanks to those that host this place and do the work to keep it going.


31 October, 2018 - 16:47
Joined: 4 years 2 months ago

Welcome to the site! :)

1 November, 2018 - 11:57
Joined: 7 months 3 weeks ago

Hi Mark,

Welcome to the site.

My next goal is to learn how to memorize decks of cards so maybe we can share info. Good luck!

~Dorian(Human Name)

1 November, 2018 - 12:20
Joined: 6 months 4 weeks ago

Thanks Dorian. It would be great to have someone to chat with.

I don't know if this is a common reaction but at the age of 63 I'm having a terrible time with the idea of making funny stories with cartoon drawings in my head. I find I'm resistant to even trying. I need to get past that I think as being able to commit this info to memory would be valuable and no one can tell what pictures I'm using when do it. Still, I'm resistant!