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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, July 16th, 2020


Iain ClimieJuly 30th, 2020 at 1:09 pm

Hi Bobby,

Can I be excused a brief digression from the column for anyone this side of the pond or who might be interested in the USA. I mentioned my old bridge partner (Chris Kinloch) recently here and he sadly died on 7th July. There is a book of remembrance on Basingstoke club site (, I put something onto the Hampshire and Isle of White CBA website ( ) and Andrew Robson is kindly writing up the rather freakish had I mention in the latter for publication in The Times (London not NY – sorry) on 1st September. He was a fine and scrupulously ethical player, a popular teacher and is a very sad loss.



Iain ClimieJuly 30th, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Hi Bobby,

You may recall that I mentioned my old regular partner, Chris Kinloch, died recently. To anyone on the UK side of the pond (Hi Patrick – you and I have both played with Chris Stevens who I think knew Chris K), or anyone reading the blog elsewhere who would like to read an appreciation of a fine and scrupulously ethical player, you may find the information in here of interest:

There are links to a tribute page at Basingstoke BC and also to something I wrote. He is a very sad loss.


Iain Climie

bobbywolffJuly 30th, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, being both a scrupulously ethical bridge player and a nice guy beside, speaks of Chris Kinloch, to be a great combination to which this current world needs their presence as well as their guidance.

And though continuing the good life has a lot to recommend doing so, the absence of ftf bridge for so many previous months (with hardly a tolerable ending in sight) moves even grim alternatives somewhat higher in a broader way of thinking.

However when I think of the devil’s coup in bridge, it suggests putting paid to that desire, although perhaps ACBL masterpoints might enable leaping mountains to influence going up, instead.

If so, I will feel like Christopher Columbus in discovering a plus for possessing large numbers of them, perhaps until I am expected to feel remorse for his making their great Indian nation, prior to 1492, feel remorse for that thought to be a mortal sin.

One, and perhaps a few others who feel the same, of one of my great heroes, suddenly and after so many on earth years for me, torn asunder.