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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022


Iain ClimieMay 31st, 2022 at 9:34 am

Hi Bobby,

I love the comment today especially as there is an old chess saying i.e. the game is often won by the player who makes the last but one mistake. Mistakes can also be literally fatal of course and those who have a sufficiently macabre sense of humour (I work in engineering risk assessment, so am one of them) may find amusing with its picture for Mistakes. Under a a picture of the bow of a sunken ship protruding above the water is the caption: Mistakes – It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.



bobbywolffMay 31st, 2022 at 2:39 pm

Hi Iain,

Love your symbolism.

Overall very much pertaining to any “lucky” long lived healthy person, who, in both his or her professional and of course, personal life (not to mention what were thought to be worthwhile opportunities), only to encounter unexpected and relatively severe chaos, while encountering all three.

Remembering the old time cigarette commercial, “It’s what up front that counts” and then applying it to the above, sure making mistakes (likely including everyone reaching, at the very least, adulthood) the opposite to that commercial may be more true.

IOW, it is how one handles wrong choices without losing morality nor common sense, changes course, seeking safer and more satisfying harbors, even when doing so, being careful in dealing with both yourself and involved others who were unlucky enough to have to share your mistake(s) or another description, misfortunes.

All very esoteric and wildly not explainable, but if one lives long enough, no doubt he or she will be, at the very least, a likely victim.

All the above is the unsaid definition of the avid dedicated bridge player, while playing a game which continually incorporates the mistakes you mention, but, like life, takes them in stride and assumes no never mind.