Bridge

Bridge

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Around this time each September, I get to say, ‘I’m off to Tangier for a few days to play high-stakes…

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15 September 2018 9:00 am

I think my regular reader(s) would agree that I have been rather low-key about my bridge abilities of late. Defence…

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8 September 2018 9:00 am

Anyone who doubts that bridge keeps your brain sharp in old age should have a game with Bernard Teltcher. Bernard…

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1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the best players today are technically excellent in card play. They know all the odds and end plays to…

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25 August 2018 9:00 am

Long-married couples are notoriously intolerant of one another at the bridge table. It’s as if all their pent-up irritation comes…

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18 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was first married, there were no satnavs to hold our hands; we relied on maps (if there was…

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11 August 2018 9:00 am

Over the many years I’ve been playing competitive bridge, I’ve managed to cobble together a system-file which now runs to…

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4 August 2018 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again — summer and its attendant holidays. No bridge for me for a month, unless…

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28 July 2018 9:00 am

It’s hard to explain to non-bridge players just how all-consuming this game is. For those of us who move in…

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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…