Bridge

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16 December 2017 9:00 am

Know thy opponents — experts make a point of it. When you’re at the bridge table, it’s just as important…

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9 December 2017 9:00 am

The year is drawing to a close and this is my last column before Christmas. May I wish you all…

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2 December 2017 9:00 am

Being on lead against a grand slam is bad for your blood pressure. So much is at stake (not least,…

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25 November 2017 9:00 am

When I first started playing tournament bridge there were relatively few European sponsors. The US was buzzing with sponsored teams…

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18 November 2017 9:00 am

I spent last weekend glued to Bridge Base Online, watching the 16th European Champions Cup taking place in Latvia, and…

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11 November 2017 9:00 am

The third and final weekend of England’s Premier League took place in Solihull and was a very jolly affair. All…

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4 November 2017 9:00 am

Call me middle-aged, but the days when I enjoyed playing bridge all night are long gone — which is why…

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28 October 2017 9:00 am

When I started playing bridge in earnest, the first tournament I entered was the EBU’s Autumn Congress, which back then…

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21 October 2017 9:00 am

Bridge is a partnership game — but haven’t you sometimes wished you could file for a quick divorce mid-rubber? The…

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14 October 2017 9:00 am

Somewhere between 1 and 3 a.m., I turn off the lights but I can’t turn off my whirring brain. Cards…

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7 October 2017 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago, Zia Mahmood offered a £1 million bet that no team of his choosing could ever be beaten…

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30 September 2017 9:00 am

The youngest player on the great Allfrey team, Mike Bell, is forming a very strong partnership with David Gold. They…

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23 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from Stuart Wheeler’s beautiful villa in Tangier, in the hills just above the bay, where for a…

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16 September 2017 9:00 am

This summer was the longest I have gone without playing bridge since I began about 20 years ago. Not one…

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9 September 2017 9:00 am

Aren’t the Irish supposed to be lucky? The Irish open team are having no luck at all at the moment.…

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2 September 2017 9:00 am

The 43rd World Bridge Championships held in Lyon has just ended after two intense weeks and hundreds of boards. The…

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26 August 2017 9:00 am

The ‘Lightner double’ is perfectly named: a bolt out of the blue which strikes fear into your heart. There you…

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19 August 2017 9:00 am

The first weekend of August saw two big pairs tournaments, one in Oslo and one in Eastbourne, with remarkable similarities:…

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12 August 2017 9:00 am

The Andrew Robson Bridge Club in Parsons Green deserves its huge success. The standard may not be as high as…

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5 August 2017 9:00 am

Thank heaven I am on holiday! For the past week I have been up until 4 a.m., glued to the…

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29 July 2017 9:00 am

This is a great time to be a bridge professional — not just for the world’s top players, who have…

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22 July 2017 9:00 am

The first week of July is heaven for those of us who don’t normally hear the words ‘bridge’ and ‘holiday’…

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15 July 2017 9:00 am

Here’s one of my favourite hands from the European Open Championships — although it caused David Gold to spend the…

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8 July 2017 9:00 am

The European Open Pairs, the final event in Montecatini, was a long and arduous five-day slog, three of those days…

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1 July 2017 9:00 am

I’ve just returned from two weeks playing in the European Open Championships in Montecatini in Italy, and I’m so whacked…