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Do bridgeplayers LIKE conventions?

I have been predicting that somebody would invent a card game that would replace bridge, perhaps something that would still have the partnership feature, but would have little or no bidding.   My theory was that the steady growh of conventions would eventually alienate too many people.

After fifty years, I'm beginning to suspect I am wrong.  I'm pretty sure the progression from whist to auction bridge to contract bridge has been one of increasing complexity.  I now think many rank-and-file duplicate players actually like to learn new conventions.

For what it's worth, the median age at my local club is well over seventy.  Everybody uses transfers.  I suspect that well over half the participants: would describe their methods as "two over one" and use Bergen, Drury, DONT, Jacoby 2NT, Splinters, some variant of Key-Card Blackwood, inverted minors.  There are several pairs who use Puppet Stayman, a two-diamond opening to show a balanced hand too strong for 1NT, and odd-even discards.

This may not be a fair illustration of the level of the game but:

West
8
KQ76
Q94
K7642
North
AK96
A82
A5
J985
East
5432
10953
1062
AQ
South
QJ107
J4
KJ873
103
D

One table was in two spades making four.  The three tables in four spades (twice by South, once by North, East dealt) went down.

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