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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…

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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:…