Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

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10 December 2016 9:00 am

Simon Cochemé, whose witty column appears monthly in English Bridge magazine, celebrated his 70th birthday with a knees-up and duplicate…

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26 November 2016 9:00 am

When I first started playing bridge, in the late Nineties, the Young Chelsea marathon was a continuous 24-hour tournament and…

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12 November 2016 9:00 am

The last three weekends have not been relaxing for those of us playing the Premier League, with all its attendant…

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Bridge

29 October 2016 9:00 am

The Gold Cup Finals were played in London this year and proved to be very exciting but ultimately unsuccessful for…

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15 October 2016 9:00 am

The Hubert Phillips is one of the EBU’s quirkier knockout tournaments. Firstly every team must contain (and play) at least…

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1 October 2016 9:00 am

TGR’s rubber bridge club is a bit like the set of your favourite soap. You have the regulars, of varying…

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Bridge

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The 15th World Bridge Games (formerly known as the Olympiad) began on 3 September in Wroclaw, and is providing more…

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Bridge

3 September 2016 9:00 am

By the time you read this, I will have (hopefully) played my first hand of bridge in five weeks. No…

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20 August 2016 9:00 am

Bridge players love going on about system. Some want every bid to have a conventional meaning and some want to…

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6 August 2016 9:00 am

Martin Hoffman is a hero. Now in his eighties, he can still analyse a hand faster than most people can…

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23 July 2016 9:00 am

Summer finally appeared like magic on Saturday, 16 July. Did I fire up the barbie? Did I relax with a…

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9 July 2016 9:00 am

The magnificent English Ladies have won another gold medal at the Europeans in Budapest. They have won medals in the…

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25 June 2016 8:00 am

The 53rd European Teams Championship started last week in Budapest, 37 countries competing in an 11-day complete round robin. The…

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11 June 2016 9:00 am

Many top-class bridge players enjoy flirting with poker, making it their bit on the side. I can certainly see the…

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28 May 2016 9:00 am

If you live in (or anywhere near) London, and you enjoy a good teams tournament, you could do no better…

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14 May 2016 9:00 am

It’s the beginning of May and I have a feeling I am about to write the same opening sentence as…

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30 April 2016 9:00 am

The day before the London Marathon, Young Chelsea BC held its spring half-marathon. Eighty-seven boards were played over 12 hours…

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16 April 2016 9:00 am

Can there be a game more humiliating than Bridge? Last weekend the boys and I went to Warsaw to play…

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2 April 2016 9:00 am

Tom Townsend, my esteemed teammate and the Telegraph’s bridge correspondent, did the double last weekend at the London Easter Festival…

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19 March 2016 9:00 am

The past couple of weeks have been the first since the New Year that we haven’t played a tournament of…

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5 March 2016 9:00 am

So many tournaments — so little space. Last week saw two of the very best London has to offer: Terry…

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20 February 2016 9:00 am

Pierre Zimmermann, Monaco’s uber-sponsor, has put another unmissable, thrilling tournament in the calendar. The first European Winter Games gave those…

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6 February 2016 9:00 am

The Brits have done brilliantly in Icelandair’s annual bridge festival in Reykjavik and this year was no different. The winners…

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23 January 2016 9:00 am

The New Year got off to a great start with TGR’s annual auction pairs, the best run tournament I have…

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9 January 2016 9:00 am

Call me nuts but on 29 December I left lovely, sunny, delicious France for the fairly unlovely Royal National Hotel…