Betsy Speicher

... a bridge champ draws on Ayn Rand

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From the New York Times Bridge column:

When the Clock Is Ticking, Try to Remember Ayn Rand

By PHILLIP ALDER

Published: August 2, 2008

In an organized pair tournament you are usually allocated 15 minutes to play two deals. But in the Fast Pairs at the Summer Nationals in July, the players were permitted only 11 minutes. The winners by more than two boards were Doug Doub of West Hartford, Conn., and Adam Wildavsky of New York. They finished ahead of John Diamond of Boca Raton, Fla., and Brian Platnick of Evanston, Ill.

The winners scored well on the diagramed deal from the final session, played on July 25.

Not everyone would open one diamond with that East hand in the third position. Some would pass, and others would bid one heart. Discuss it with your partner.

After Wildavsky (South) had overcalled one no-trump, West’s two-no-trump response was a transfer to clubs. Either Wildavsky or Doub might have doubled three clubs and collected 500 for an even better result, but that would have ruined the story.

West led the diamond ten. Wildavsky saw that he had only four top tricks and realized that East was likely to have the king and queen of hearts. But when Wildavsky is in an apparently hopeless contract, he draws on what Ayn Rand called the benevolent-universe principle. This means that there are no hidden forces working against you and that success is often possible if you work for it. Defeat is the exception, not the rule.

Declarers who have not read Rand hope that the defenders will err.

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This isn't the first article in the New York Times about long-time Objectivist Adam Wildavsky. There was a feature article about him titled "Ayn Rand, in Spades" in the Sunday New York Times Magazine back in 2003. You can read it here.

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This isn't the first article in the New York Times about long-time Objectivist Adam Wildavsky. There was a feature article about him titled "Ayn Rand, in Spades" in the Sunday New York Times Magazine back in 2003. You can read it here.

A very enjoyable article. Thank you, Betsy.

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