EVEN IF THIS ZT NONSENSE IS GOOD FOR THE GAME. IT'S CERTAINLY BAD NEWS FOR THE STORY WRITERS !
True life stories about bridge hands and the characters involved really come to life when there is a baddie. All good stories need nasty, mean , outrageous evil sorts to add spice, fear and suspense to the plot. Where would a good story be without someone to revile and hate ?
So why not see for yourself how a bridge story automatically becomes a riveting read when one of the characters demonstrates the depths horrendous table behavior can sink to. The chosen extract comes from the beautifully written , highly entertaining Men, Women and Bridge ( Startling Tales Of the Bridge World ) by Richard Crawford....
So yes , it is my contention that great bridge stories need real baddies , if they are to amuse, startle, shock and entertain. Therefore , the idea that ZT policies might well remove such characters from the current bridge scene is not which one modern bridge writers will relish. Hells bells...... their true life stories will become as dull as ditch water.