Doc Greenhalgh was a Biology teacher and Fisherman. Sid was a student in the year above us. Both were enticed out of their usual habitats in Leigh College to pray bridge in the social areas. And so we learned to pray Duplicate Bridge, and almost made it to the national schools final in our debut year. We were robbed!
Bridge is a card game, if you didn’t know, a variation of whist. The game is all about predicting, using specified coded systems, what you and your partner could win, and then trying to make your ‘contract.’ Fascinating and absorbing.
You play for points. And when you are being successful, you become officially ‘vulnerable.’ This changes what you score – increases the penalties for failure, and points for success. That’s interesting.
It might make you play more cautiously to avoid becoming vulnerable, for example.
There is a tendency to do all we can to avoid vulnerability. Insurance sales rely on it.
Paul, though, swore by it. Not contract bridge, I hasten to add, but vulnerability. He said his vulnerabilities were the only thing he was prepared to boast about about, because through them God’s strength was irresistibly shown. It didn’t just change the level of scoring, it made possible outcomes that were impossible. According to the accepted rules, anyway.
Are you game for that?