Friday, May 26, 2006

The Power of Positive Pessimism

A smart person (Justin Lall) explained to me that the more rocks solid your contract looks the more you must visualize what could go wrong. Encountered this doing BridgeMaster the other day. And after looking for a moment at a hand that looked cold I realized the problem was here: akqj2 in a side suit. It was that innocuous looking 2 waiting to get me. Very satisfying to catch it.

I find the obverse much more difficult... if a contract seems doomed I find it very hard to visualize the perfect scenario that will save me.

And I really always thought I was a glass half full kind of person.


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