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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, January 24th, 2021


Steve ConradFebruary 7th, 2021 at 2:41 pm

Last Sunday’s column had a question from Steve Conrad. What a hoot, since it was not I.

Bobby WolffFebruary 7th, 2021 at 3:25 pm

Hi, and for sure, the real Steve,

Don’t despair since, although using your name three times, I guessed he had psyched, so I didn’t fall for it and answer him.

I thought perhaps something was up, although methinks his name was probably also Steve Conrad and likely wasn’t a bridge player, although possibly drawn to the site by someone else who probably is.

Of course, I must admit, he didn’t ask a question, but his rhetoric made me think so.

Perhaps one day in the future, hopefully you will make him famous by doing something great, such as winning an important bridge tournament.

Steve ConradFebruary 7th, 2021 at 5:34 pm

I googled and did learn there was such a person in Minnesota. I also found one with my name who had been in jail. I check with my wife and I had not been there (yet).

I will send you a remarkable deal that, I sadly admit, I did not successfully work through as declarer. It should be a par hand, and perhaps you can use it in one of your columns. A spectacular deal. I will email it to shewolff5757.

Bobby WolffFebruary 7th, 2021 at 10:35 pm

Hi Steve,

If it is spectacular, we’d love to have it. And my bet is that there are more Steve Conrads not fewer, allowing you more competition in what could be a chase for the best bridge playing one.

Michael BeyroutiFebruary 8th, 2021 at 12:24 pm

I was once a teaching assistant at the University of Florida, Gainesville, studying toward my Ph.D.. I taught first year electrical engineering courses and by far the best student in class was Steve Conrad. Funny how I don’t remember any other student name except his. He left a strong impression on me plus the name has a nice ring to it. The year was 1975 or 76.

A V Ramana RaoFebruary 8th, 2021 at 12:38 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff , Michael and Steve
Well, Michael’s post prompted me and I did a quick search on Facebook and counted 49 Steve Conrads !!
Perhaps had I searched on Google, I would have counted even more. But notwithstanding the lighter side, the comments of Steve ( which Steve ?) Last Sunday are quite perplexing

ClarksburgFebruary 8th, 2021 at 2:34 pm

With just 48 of the 49, one could run a special three section eight tables event: the “Steve Conrads Only”. The posted results list would be somewhat amusing.

Bobby WolffFebruary 8th, 2021 at 2:59 pm

Hi Michael and AVRR,

Seemingly, I believe that a major characteristic of the chance to become a superior bridge player is an extremely good memory.

Michael, therefore it would follow that your memory of another Steve Conrad is another positive example and then adding AVRR’s discovery tends to show why.

Further, my advanced age would suggest that my short term memory has followed the norm by suffering noticeable examples of such, but strangely (and happily) it, at least to my suspected thought, has somehow passed over my bridge and allowed me a crucial exception.

Perhaps, if I am correct and not only imagining this phenomena, it might be of medical interest as to why, perhaps because of my intense extremely long time (ever since I was 12 years old), obsession.

It sort of occasionally reminds me of the old cowboy saying of “dying with one’s boots on”, and for that blessing I consider myself extremely fortunate.

Both of you two seem to possess the same type of memory for both bridge and no doubt, at least for now, most everything else.

Good luck with that and especially with your bridge adventures, likely stretching countless years, past the near future.

Bobby WolffFebruary 8th, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Hi Clarksburg,

No doubt amusing and for starters, the ACBL, for perhaps the only time ever, that type of assembly would enable the organizers to seed everyone playing on precisely how many masterpoints they possessed.

At least for appearance sake that venture, would look like precision itself, but in real life, my guess is that the results would not stamp that experiment, even remotely accurate, especially compared with instead of relying on their experienced individual cunning plus their partnership harmony to become a far superior guide.