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Gene Simpson's "Top 25 Rules For Winning"
Drawing from Forcing Passes
Gene Simpson is a nationally renowned bridge expert.  The amazing thing about this list is how few of his 25 rules are bidding systems.

 1. Get a good partner
 2. Count-Count-Count
 3. Balance when appropriate
 4. Count winners and losers on each hand
 5. Use your instincts
 6. Make takeout doubles
 7. Learn basics
 8. Know your convention card
 9. Forget last hand
10. Concentrate
11. Table time
12. Show distribution when possible
13. Bid 3 No Trump
14. Read bridge books/talk to experts
15. Hold hand back/especially against pros
16. Hold up trump ace
17. Don't over ruff with sure trump winner
18. Give partner their ruff-he/she will appreciate this
19. Return partners lead unless you know what to do
20. Don't lead aces
21. Don't under lead aces
22. Stop dummy from ruffing on defense
23. Play convertions only if you fully understand convention
24. Ruff losers in dummy on offense
25. Balance
Line from Forcing Passes
During my research for this page, I hit several interesting items.

1. Gene's list has evolved with time.  You can view
   Gene Simpsons "Top 25 Rules For Winning" in 1999
   by going to http://home.earthlink.net/~ironhawker/FORCPASS.htm

2. From: The New York Times
   Published: July 27, 1998

Californians Defeat Texans To Win National Team Title

The first major event at the American Contract Bridge League's Summer Nationals ended here on Saturday night in a convincing victory for a California squad. Fred Hamilton of Fresno, Mark Itabashi of Murrieta, Gene Simpson of Redlands, Jon Wittes of Claremont and Ross Grabel of Huntington won the Grand National Team Championship.

3. Gene's wife wrote a book
   Behold, the Bridegroom Cometh (Paperback) 
   by B. Graham Simpson

4. I've only met Gene once, but he seems to be a nice, down to earth
   guy.  Gene gave a 30 minute bridge lesson at the Bridge Center in
   Pleasant Hill in which he handed out his 25 rules.  His rules
   impressed me enough to make this page.


Gene, thank you for being such a good cheer leader for bridge.

Gene Simpson's picture
from Bridge Guys