Bridge in a Winter Wonderland
Sabine Auken starts her training for Salt
in the most appropriate way
The eyes of the vast expanse that is
the Bridge-playing world are on Salt Lake City as the fourth IOC
Grand Prix gets under way tonight.
More than 75 million people are active
participants in the greatest of all the mind sports. As a simple
comparison, in Chess, only the top two or three players in the world
can now compete on an equal footing against the best computer programmes,
but in Bridge there is still no sign of anyone producing a programme
that can approach the capabilities of today's champions.
A brilliant mind is not the only characteristic
required for success in Bridge. In the pressure of a major event
stamina, fitness, concentration, endurance, coolness under pressure,
teamwork and competitive fire, all Olympic virtues, play a part,
with many of the top stars using rigorous schedules for both mind
and body. International teams are frequently accompanied by technical
and physical trainers, and even sports psychologists.
Like all great sports, Bridge is frequently
charged with nerve tingling drama, as those who were in Paris for
the most recent edition of the World Bridge Championships will readily
Perhaps the Bridge Gods will provide
us with an equally exciting story here in Salt Lake City.