Keeping It In The Family

You may find the thought of devoting so much time to a card game abhorrent, or at least a trifle excessive. I often wondered at the time what was really keeping me going. I think I now know, and it is quite uncanny.

After I had carried out all these experiments, 1 came across a 1932 newspaper article about the game of bridge. In December of that year, the London Evening Standard published a series of five articles by Dr E. Gordon Reeve on the 'Reeveu' system for auction and contract bridge, invented by Gordon himself. In the article, he says the following:

Three years of illness gave me the opportunity to work out the possibilities of scoring game. I dealt 5,000 hands, and cach hand was played by all four players North, South, East and West, in all the denominations respectively. Thus, the results of 100,000 combinations of hands were tabulated.

It was a strange feeling coming across such a precedent; it was also comforting to know that I wasn't the only person fanatical enough to be lured into the monotonous world of card permutations. But imagine the shiver that went down my spine when I discovered that this man, whom I had never met (he died in 1938), was in fact my grandfather.

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