Ask successful players for ideas on how to improve your game and you’re likely to hear the same advice: Play against better competition.
Increasing the degree of difficulty is a good way to advance in any endeavor. The opportunities are especially plentiful at bridge, where you don’t need special qualifications to play in most events. All you have to do is buy an entry, play your game and decide that at least for today, learning is more important than winning.
If you’ve been hesitant to “play up,” here are some reasons to try it and tips for making the most of the experience.