OVER THE BRIDGE
Quite recently I wrote complaining about your bridge coverage or lack of same. Now, after receiving your February 17 edition, I am happily mollified. Congratulations! Charles Goren's first article was excellent, and I see there will be more of the same.
I have only one quarrel. "Bridge is for fun"? Never!
WILLIAM J. HERMESMANN
I would like to say that Goren's system is an excellent bidding system and probably the best for the beginner and casual player to learn and use. It is undoubtedly the most widely known bidding system in the world, and it makes more sense than artificial systems. However, when bidding precision is the goal, the more accurate and complex artificial bidding systems must be substituted for the system employing natural bids. The vast majority of bridge experts will readily agree. Indeed, several American experts have just recently proposed new artificial systems in response to the high bidding precision obtained by the successive international champions—the Italians—in using their artificial systems. But Goren has little to worry about; the casual players will always like natural systems—artificial systems are just too hard to learn!
DON R. LAIRD
The word Sports implies a great variety of physical competitions between two or more athletes or teams. By no stretch of the imagination does bridge qualify as such. With continued publishing of Goren's un-athletic subtleties of bidding, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED may yet become the handbook for the ladies' afternoon bridge club.
Congratulations on your fine coverage of the Winter Olympics. I watched the events on television using SI as a guide. Your predictions in the events were excellent. As much as I love football and baseball, the Olympics always rate No. 1 in my book, and SI rates tops for its coverage. Keep up the good work. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the summer events in Tokyo.
North Bergen, N.J.
I appreciated most of your coverage of the Games, but Huston Horn's article on Scotty Allen and Terry McDermott (SI, Feb. 17) was an exception. In a year of relative Olympic failure these two young men were outstanding successes and should not be treated in a patronizing manner. Granted that the reader wants human interest, Mr. Horn might have done better to consider age and background in his story. If he had, he might have proved kinder.
HAROLD F. MOSHER JR.
I have tremendous admiration for anyone who has the stamina, perseverance and discipline to become at the age of 14 a true champion, a credit to himself and his country, like Scotty Allen.
MRS. JOHN M. POWERS
Your comments on Dutch figure skater Sjoukje Dijkstra were a little bit off the track as Miss Dijkstra is considered by many to be a great champion. May I remind you that Miss Dijkstra was the only one of the figure skaters who was favored to win and who did so.
San Diego, Calif.
How come there was nothing said about Joan Hannah's 15th in the women's down-hill? True, this is not an excellent showing, but she has been training since before the 1960 Olympics and has now done fairly well in the midst of pretty fantastic competition.
Many people have been disappointed with the performance of the U.S. figure skating team in the 1964 Olympics. This is not just the result of the disastrous airplane crash in 1961. It is partly a result of a poor selection of officials by the U.S. Figure Skating Association.