Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

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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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Bridge

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…

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Bridge

12 December 2015 9:00 am

2015 leaves many bridge players with mixed emotions. I have played in more wonderful, high-level tournaments than ever before (Iceland,…

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28 November 2015 9:00 am

Last weekend saw the qualifying matches for the Tollemache Cup, the inter-county championships for teams of eight. I didn’t play…

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Bridge

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The EBU’s Premier League takes place over three weekends and decides who will represent England in next year’s Camrose (home…

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29 October 2015 9:00 am

If you like extremely high-level Pairs tournaments you would love Pierre Zimmermann’s Cavendish Monaco. Sixty pairs are auctioned off and…

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Bridge

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Two weeks playing the Bermuda Bowl (world championships) in Chennai ended heartbreakingly for England’s awesome Open Team and their loyal…

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Bridge

3 October 2015 8:00 am

The 42nd Bermuda Bowl has kicked off in Chennai, and after several weeks of cheat-busting Boye Brogeland (‘The Sheriff’) has…

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Bridge

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The cheating scandal rages on. The latest to be accused is the world’s number one-ranked pair, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio…

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5 September 2015 9:00 am

No doubt you have heard about the huge cheating storm that has blown up over the last 10 days. Here…

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Bridge

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I have great respect for top French bridge players but I think it’s fair to say they don’t go in…

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8 August 2015 9:00 am

Sweden’s flagship event is the brilliantly well organised Chairman’s Cup held in Orebro, attracting great players from all over Europe. …

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Bridge

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Moving house is traumatic but moving bridge club is worse. Young Chelsea left Barkston Gardens, its home for over 30…

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Bridge

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. The European Championships in Tromso kicked off with a week of Mixed and…

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27 June 2015 9:00 am

A feast of bridge is looming! Tromso in Norway is host to the Open European Championships starting on Saturday, and…

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13 June 2015 9:00 am

Andrew (Bertie) Black started his bridge life many moons ago but stopped to found Betfair, which became the world’s largest…

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Bridge

30 May 2015 9:00 am

If you live in or around London you can play a pairs duplicate every night (or day) of the week…

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Bridge

16 May 2015 9:00 am

The best EBU tournament of the year is, IMHO, the Schapiro Spring Foursomes, held at the beginning of May in…

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2 May 2015 9:00 am

When I first started playing bridge, about 15 years ago, I ‘trained’ at TGR’s rubber bridge club, which was located…

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18 April 2015 9:00 am

When I was growing up, the loudest, most explosive arguments erupted when my parents played bridge together. Not surprisingly, when…

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4 April 2015 9:00 am

Wednesday night is league night. Sacrosanct. I’ve missed only one in seven years and that was when my daughter was…

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21 March 2015 9:00 am

You either love rubber bridge or you hate it. Personally I love it: I love the freedom it gives you…

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Bridge

7 March 2015 9:00 am

What a week it’s been. On Thursday night the incomparable Terry Hewett held her annual charity bonanza Night of the…

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21 February 2015 9:00 am

Couples that play together stay together is not a mantra you hear too often in the bridge world. Indeed most…