The Common Game
Could you have done better on Board 2 today? Would some instant expert advice about that board help you do better in the future?
Whatever your answer, you can now take advantage of a free teaching tool, The Common Game (TCG), that we are using. Top-ranked experts provide a daily critique of six to eight boards among the 36 boards available that day. They write in a clear, non-technical way about the bidding and play so you can see quickly what you did right or wrong.
Some of the boards come with videos of top players talking about how they would handle the tougher moments in the auction or play.
By using the TCG deals, the program lets you compare how you did on each hand you played not just with how a dozen other Petoskey pairs handled the challenges but with the results from up to 1,000 tables all around the country that will have played the same boards the same time. It’s kind of scary and kind of exciting all at once. The Florida-based Common Game generates boards for morning, afternoon and evening play every day and distributes them electronically to about 500 clubs across North America.
Players can sign up online at TheCommonGame.com by using their ACBL number and can then specify how often they want to see results and whether to get that information by text message or email. Enrollment does not affect club scores or masterpoint awards, but The Common Game distributes monthly, quarterly and annual prizes based on matchpoints that are scored by combining the results from all participating clubs.
The comparisons are available online, but your results are kept private unless you choose to share them with others.
Want to learn how to use The Common Game site and make the most of this new learning tool?
Go to the CG home page and look at the upper right for the orange buttons for Tutorials and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). The tutorials are step-by-step videos explaining the functions such as the hand analysis and the scoring comparisons.
Be sure to enroll and provide your email address so that you will automatically receive an email each time you play a set of Common Game boards -- whether you are playing in Petoskey or at another club that uses CG boards. Those emails have easy links to get to your personal results.