Forever anonymous

October 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm 2 comments

A hand tomorrow. For now I wish to observe, if you go to the Nanjing chess tournament site and scroll down to the bottom of the page, that you will see reference to the Chess & Cards Administration Center of General Administration of Sport of China.

Interesting, is it not? I rather think that bridge got a foothold in China well before chess did, but still. There it is, seated somewhere between poker and gin. One of the great tragedies for bridge is that it was given such a mundane, anonymous name. If I tell people I play chess, I do not have to add ‘you know, the board game’. If I tell them that I play bridge not only do I have to add ‘you know, the card game’ but I know that it is quite likely they don’t know, even then.

What a pity we couldn’t stick to whist as a name. Unique, a history to it, though not quite as grand as chess’s.

Does this all depress anybody else reading this?


Entry filed under: thoughts on bridge.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter Gill  |  October 7, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I think Bridge needs a new name – it’s so hard to google “bridge”. Perhaps we should plan to change Bridge’s name to Whist on 1/1/2011 in a massive promotion and renewal of interest in bridge.

  • 2. Hanoi  |  October 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Yeah I get that feeling everytime I talk about bridge to people not in the know. In fact I have a rebuttal for people who say bridge is just a card game: in bridge cards are used but calling it just a card game is like saying playing chess is like playing with little dolls or action figures.


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