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21 July 2018 9:00 am

Last Friday, merrily on my way to Young Chelsea (still the best IMPs duplicate in town), I couldn’t know that…

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14 July 2018 9:00 am

I have a horrible feeling my column this week is going to read like a mutual-back-scratch. In the last issue,…

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7 July 2018 9:00 am

The Hubert Phillips is a knockout tournament unlike any other. First it is mixed — there has to be at…

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30 June 2018 9:00 am

When my talented friend Paula Leslie and I decided to put a team together for the Hubert Philips Bowl (England’s…

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23 June 2018 9:00 am

Ostend has been host to hundreds of bridge players representing their various countries in the European Teams Championships. The ten-day…

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16 June 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just come back from Ostend, where I spent four perfect days. No, not sun, sea and sand — eight…

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9 June 2018 9:00 am

Talk about Custer’s Last Stand. My poor old team has been knocked out of all this year’s main tournaments —…

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2 June 2018 9:00 am

Not many players can pull a fast one on Gunnar Hallberg. The seasoned Swede, who came to live over here…

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26 May 2018 9:00 am

Martin Hoffman, who died last week, had an extraordinary life. Born in Prague in 1929, he was the only member…

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19 May 2018 9:00 am

I’ve always suspected that pessimists make better card players than optimists — and I recently came across the proof. A…

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12 May 2018 9:00 am

This year’s Schapiro Spring Foursomes, England’s best tournament by a mile, wasn’t held in the usual Stratford-upon-Avon venue but in…

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5 May 2018 9:00 am

Playing rubber bridge the other afternoon for higher stakes than usual (£20 per hundred), I had a memorably miserable time.…

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28 April 2018 9:00 am

England had a narrow lead going into the second weekend of the Camrose, with the Irish National team and the…

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21 April 2018 9:00 am

If I had to name my favourite bridge player… actually, I can’t, there are too many. But the young Danish…

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14 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m not saying that I want ‘She played bridge for England’ on my tombstone — but then again… Last weekend,…

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7 April 2018 9:00 am

It was about 20 years ago that I first became friends with Janet de Botton, and urged her to take…

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31 March 2018 8:00 am

Have you ever picked up your hand, opened a weak 2 on a proper six-card suit (all right, if you’re…

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24 March 2018 9:00 am

Colin Simpson, who has died after a long illness at the age of 69, was a star both at the…

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17 March 2018 9:00 am

Little did I know, when I was railing at how Britain comes to a standstill at the first flurry of…

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10 March 2018 9:00 am

I’ve never forgotten a conversation I had some years ago with the talented, blunt-talking Norwegian player Espen Erichsen. We were…

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3 March 2018 9:00 am

No February blues for me. The past couple of weeks have been the most exciting and interesting (bridge-wise) I could…

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24 February 2018 9:00 am

It’s nice being part of a community. That’s how bridge is: over the years, you get to know, or recognise,…

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17 February 2018 9:00 am

August 2015 will be remembered as a landmark for World Bridge. There had long been talk among bridge players about…

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10 February 2018 9:00 am

The England ladies trials, two weekends ago, were as exciting as ever, but also rather heartbreaking for me and my…

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3 February 2018 9:00 am

I have just returned from the annual pilgrimage to Reykjavik, home of one of the best tournaments of the year.…