By Larry Cohen
Courtesy of Larryco.com
I am a staunch advocate of ‘less is more’. My observation is that at every level of the game, players are using too many conventions. Too often I see players (from beginner to world champion) misusing or forgetting their methods. Everyone would benefit if they would just KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid).
If I had to choose just four conventions, this would be my list:
If you forced me to choose four more, this would be the next group:
If you insisted I fill my convention card with twelve conventions, these would be the next four:
And, since people just love to learn/play/teach conventions, these would be my D-list — choices 13-16:
Honestly, I think it would be counterproductive for 99% of players to go any further than this. The memory strain is not worth it. Someone once said, ‘The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Conventions.’