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A challenging solitaire game that Winston Churchill played

A challenging solitaire game that Winston Churchill played
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHURCHILL SOLITAIRE

The name "Donald Rumsfeld" can conjure up a heated conversation. On one side, you have people who adamantly support the Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush (and Gerald Ford) for wars he was involved in, such as the Iraq War.

On the other side, there's vocal opposition to him and those wars. Yet, one thing can't be disputed. Rumsfeld, 83, has been a legendary figure in United States politics for many decades.

Which makes his most recent foray quite unexpected. Rumsfeld has launched an app.

Specifically, he and a team of app developers at WSC Solitaire launched a solitaire game that, Rumsfeld says, Winston Churchill played. The UK prime minister during World War II taught Andre de Staercke how to play the game; he, in turn, taught Rumsfeld.

Until recently, Rumsfeld estimates that just a dozen or so people around the world knew how to play the game, he writes on Medium. Then, he was approached by app developers to create Churchill Solitaire.

"Most people have played some version of solitaire in their lives," Rumsfeld writes. "The Churchill version, like the man himself, is far more demanding and complex."

Next page: Churchill Solitaire: more details; video
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