Magazine article The Spectator

Hot Seats

Magazine article The Spectator

Hot Seats

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Choosing where to sit at the start of a new rubber - the privilege of whoever cuts the highest card - is something most bridge players take deadly seriously. There are few of us who don't insist on changing seats if we've just lost, or staying put if we've won - it's a matter of which way we think the luck is flowing. It's not always clear-cut: when I recently asked my fellow player Paro Raza where she wanted to sit, she thought for ages and replied: 'Hmm, it's very difficult to judge.'

It's not unusual for players to squabble over the choice of seat - or to blame each other if they end up losing. Personally, I always defer to my partners: I feel it's only respectful to follow their seat-preference signals.

Maurice Estersen and I have decided it's time to coin a name f this quasi-religious belief - and we've settled on 'Seatism'. …

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