Bridge

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14 September 2019 9:00 am

Not many male bridge players over a certain age (ten) would call themselves feminists. I won’t repeat what the partner…

Bridge

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Benjaminised Acol, better known as ‘Benji Acol’ — and its variant ‘Reverse Benji’ — is one of the most commonly…

Bridge

31 August 2019 9:00 am

When did ‘literally’ become, literally, the most annoying word in the English language? Fairly recently I would guess, because ‘like’…

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24 August 2019 9:00 am

Terence Reese’s concentration at the bridge table was legendary. Most people know the story of how Boris Schapiro once wagered…

Bridge

10 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Table presence’ is a funny old expression. It sounds as though it refers to a player’s magnetic appeal or domineering…

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3 August 2019 9:00 am

TGR’s Bridge Club in Paddington is the daily home to those of us who want to play bridge but cannot…

Bridge

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Bridge isn’t a game you can get good at quickly. It takes years to reach a reasonable standard — far…

Bridge

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I have always thought the term ‘bridge holiday’ was an oxymoron. When I travel with my team to various events,…

Bridge

13 July 2019 9:00 am

All high-level bridge tournaments involve playing with screens placed diagonally across the table — and there are numerous rules to…

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6 July 2019 9:00 am

I know I’m not the strongest declarer in the world (or even at the table) but I didn’t realise my…

Bridge

29 June 2019 9:00 am

I’m just back from an exhilarating week in Istanbul, where I was lucky enough to be partnering Tom Paske in…

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22 June 2019 9:00 am

Here we go again. The ninth European Bridge Championships are upon us, this time taking place in Istanbul. Hundreds of…

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15 June 2019 9:00 am

Bridge is such a complex, multi-layered game that a single hand can be approached in myriad ways, depending on the…

Bridge

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Stefan Skorchev, young Bulgarian international, has given us another top tier annual pairs tournament to put in our diaries —…

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1 June 2019 9:00 am

I’ve recently been reading Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca to my children, and while it’s every bit as enjoyable as…

Bridge

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Simon Gillis coined a term to describe his disappointment when he sits himself out to allow four of his professionals…

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18 May 2019 9:00 am

The Spring Fours in Stratford-upon-Avon — perhaps the most prestigious event in the English calendar — was as enjoyable as…

Bridge

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Imagine you are on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. You have just won £500,000 and cannot go home with…

Bridge

4 May 2019 9:00 am

‘You know what people say about you?’ Zia Mahmood told me the other day. ‘You play really well but then…

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27 April 2019 9:00 am

Jonathan Harris is a man of principle. He and his wife Jenny had each entered a team for the Venice…

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20 April 2019 9:00 am

You’re probably familiar with the old bridge adage: ‘Never put down an 8-card suit in dummy’. If you’re lucky enough…

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13 April 2019 9:00 am

When did International Women’s Day become an official fixture? I have never been aware of it before this year and…

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6 April 2019 9:00 am

Each March, a roll call of bridge superstars come to compete in the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams, one of America’s most…

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30 March 2019 9:00 am

Susanna and I don’t play on the same team very often, but once a year Fiona Hutchison puts together a…

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23 March 2019 9:00 am

It’s exceptionally rare to pick up an 11-card suit. You might think it would happen at least once in a…