I was listening to a radio program recently where they were interviewing the ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ World champion. He was obviously good at it, because he had retained his title.
Anyway, the interviewer asked him what made him a good player… “surely it is just luck… but how come you keep winning”, said the interviewer.
“I keep winning because it isn’t luck” he replied. Apparently, this champion played by trying to guess what he thought his opponent would be thinking that he would be doing – Then he would do something different.
Yea. Right. It’s all skill!
This is one comment left on the YouTube video below:
so stupid. most idiot thing i ever saw. mostly just luck and guessing. stupid and pointless and winner should get a slap in the face to friggin wake up. $50,000 should be given else where. idiot stupid idiots
Here’s the video:
But there is some truth to this ‘guessing the guesser’s guess’.
In bridge, the best players don’t play there own hand. From the information available, they work out what their opponents hold and then work out what that opponent would do with that hand, and then mitigate against that play.
So they need to get an idea of the opponent’s personalities in terms of how bold they are at play. It is much like Poker in that respect, except it has all the other elements to card play that Poker lacks.
Even if you aren’t a great player, it is always a good discipline to try and work out why the opponents are making particular plays or leads.