Bridge

Bridge

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.…

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27 January 2018 9:00 am

As Janet said last week, the recent European Open trials made for compulsive viewing. Ten pairs took part; first and…

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20 January 2018 9:00 am

The first home tournament of 2018 was last week’s four-day European Open Trials. Ten selected pairs played 216 boards at…

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13 January 2018 9:00 am

My friend Neil Mendoza and I had a great finish to 2017 when we won the Portland Club’s annual Auction…

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6 January 2018 9:00 am

Well, I had a very merry Christmas thank you — and I hope you did too — but as usual…

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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…