I was at a contract bridge sectional tournament yesterday and got to talking with one of the tournament organizers. A very interesting man with a lot of anecdotes collected in the course of a long playing career. One of the things he told me was that people in certain professions make better bridge players than others. According to him:
1. The best bridge players are those in hedge funds, or finance in general. They understand the risks in a given situation or course of action, and are routinely able to bid to the best contract.
2. The second best are lawyers. They are able to look at any situation from different angles and decide on the best course of action.
3. The third best are engineers who have a good head for numbers and probabilities.
I don’t know if my friend came up with this ranking himself or if he read it somewhere but it has a certain logic to it. I also remember that Charles Goren, the doyen of bridge players everywhere, was a lawyer though he never practiced a day in his life.