The Game That Trumps All Others

Alexander McCall Smith loves bridge’s endless rules, carping partners and mental challenges

by A. M. Smith – WSJ

I am not sure if there are clinics that will help you get over bridge, but if there are not, then perhaps some enterprising entrepreneur will take up the idea. I think it would work, but the problem is that we all know what those admitted would do in their spare time. Exactly.

And somehow I feel it would not work. Addicts have to want to change, and most bridge players I know have no desire to do so. Of course they claim to be only social players; nobody stands up and says, “My name is John, and I play bridge all the time.” That’s the first step, but nobody seems to take it. That’s not entirely serious. Most players of bridge are ordinary social players, and not addicted in any way. Yet it’s true that bridge is a very special game that can take over lives to a remarkable extent.

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