The Origin of the Game of Pirate Bridge by Aleister Crowley in Vanity Fair, Jan 1917.

“But, more delightful than anything else, is the change in the actual play introduced by the fact that partners are not always playing across the table. One’s dummy may be exposed across the table, or at one’s immediate right or left. Finessing, and ‘leading through,’ become much more interesting and important when two partners are sitting next to each other. The whole technique of the play of the cards at once becomes a great deal more diversified, unexpected and subtle.” [via]