Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

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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,…

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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…

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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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8 June 2019 9:00 am

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

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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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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…

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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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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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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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16 March 2019 9:00 am

James Vogl excelled at poker and backgammon and thought, like many of us, that when he took up bridge about…

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2 March 2019 9:00 am

The winter ‘season’ of terrific bridge competitions came to a close last weekend with the Lederer Trophy held at the…

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16 February 2019 9:00 am

Two of the best (and most enjoyable) Pairs and Teams tournaments of the year have just finished, and I miss…

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2 February 2019 9:00 am

The Norwegian Bridge Press Association’s annual prize for the best-played hand was a particularly hard-fought contest in 2018. Boye Brogeland…

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19 January 2019 9:00 am

2018 ended on a very sweet note for my team. We played the London Year End one-day teams tournament —…

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5 January 2019 9:00 am

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!   I have made a resolution to make some bridge resolutions. Here they are:   1.…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…