Bridge

Bridge

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The other day, I opened a Christmas card showing Santa carrying a sack full of presents, and was immediately reminded…

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8 December 2018 9:00 am

This is my last column before Christmas (I know… I’ll miss you too) and as 2018 rolls to an end…

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1 December 2018 9:00 am

It’s been six months since the legendary Martin Hoffman died, but I’m still not sure if I’ve quite registered the…

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24 November 2018 9:00 am

DO NOT DOUBLE PARTSCORES WHEN PLAYING TEAMS. Here is Geir Helgemo somehow fooling his expert opponents into defending like total…

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17 November 2018 9:00 am

It’s no surprise that so many bridge players are computer programmers or systems analysts; it’s an ideal game for those…

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10 November 2018 9:00 am

This autumn has been the busiest (bridge-wise) I can remember. It started with the Crockfords final at the beginning of…

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3 November 2018 9:00 am

For most bridge players, defence is the hardest part of the game. Not only do you need to visualise declarer’s…

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27 October 2018 9:00 am

Vytas and Erikas Vainikonis, father and son bridge enthusiasts, are the generous hosts of one of the best five days…

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20 October 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just come back from ten days in Orlando, but don’t ask me what it’s like — I haven’t a…

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13 October 2018 9:00 am

Good news for bridge if the Open World Championships in Orlando are anything to go by. Far from dying, it…

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6 October 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just arrived in Orlando, where the 15th World Bridge Series is taking place. I’m here for the second event…

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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…