Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

Bridge | 26 September 2020

26 September 2020 9:00 am

When I first learnt bridge, my teacher (not known as bossy boots for nothing) would thump the table when dummy…

Bridge | 12 September 2020

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The bridge world has lost some glittering stars this (ghastly) year, the latest being France’s Catherine d’Ovidio — multiple world…

Bridge | 29 August 2020

29 August 2020 9:00 am

I have not played a single hand of bridge for about a month, neither have I kibitzed online. Ergo I…

Bridge | 15 August 2020

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I am frankly repulsed by the latest cheats, exposed after the online invitational Alt and OCBL tournaments. When F2F bridge…

Bridge | 1 August 2020

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Last week I got an email from one of my readers — the other one is possibly away for the…

Bridge | 18 July 2020

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The French Online Open, in which 32 teams competed over a marathon two weeks — seven days round robin and…

Bridge | 04 July 2020

4 July 2020 9:00 am

What do we want? We want to play bridge. But who anticipated Covid-19 was going to close every bridge club…

Bridge | 20 June 2020

20 June 2020 9:00 am

I am so useless in defence it’s embarrassing. My partners all say the same thing: slow down and think. I…

Bridge | 6 June 2020

6 June 2020 9:00 am

When did we change from being a nation of curtain-twitching old biddies into one of full-on super-snitches? First a retired…

Bridge | 23 May 2020

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Well, what can I say? I have been nowhere. Seen no one. Done nothing. Unless you count watching damaging amounts…

Bridge | 9 May 2020

9 May 2020 9:00 am

This weekend should have been the Schapiro Spring Foursomes, sponsored by Helen S., widow of the legendary Boris. Held in…

Bridge | 25 April 2020

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

The Alt Invitational is the online tournament that is attracting some of the best players on earth. When the whole…

Bridge | 11 April 2020

11 April 2020 9:00 am

I think it was Warren Buffett who said: ‘Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in…

Bridge | 28 March 2020

28 March 2020 9:00 am

It was impossible to imagine, when I filed my column a fortnight ago, that I would be writing this one…

Bridge | 14 March 2020

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Just back from Monaco, the tiny principality famously dubbed ‘a sunny place for shady people’ by Somerset Maugham. Pierre Zimmermann,…

Bridge

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Bridge experts are a lovely lot. They give their time freely and generously to encourage and teach students and bring…

Bridge

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The annual Icelandic bridge tournament, held in Reykjavik at the end of January, is one of the best on the…

Bridge

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Have I mentioned that I played for England in the Camrose? And not for the first time either. Sadly this…

Bridge

18 January 2020 9:00 am

2019 was a big year for Alex Hydes. HUGE in fact. He won, almost consecutively, three major international titles and…

Bridge

21 December 2019 9:00 am

For Christmas this year I am giving you a double-dummy problem. Too generous, I hear you cry — but better…

Bridge

7 December 2019 9:00 am

As 2019 draws to a close, it is time to review the year’s achievements and disappointments. My team’s highest achievement…

Bridge

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Well, it has taken 12 years, two relegations, one second place and endless ‘nowheres’ playing the Premier League and we…

Bridge

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Erikas Vainikonis and his father Vytas are terrific bridge players and have supported the game very generously. Their brilliant new…

Bridge

26 October 2019 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago two of the most prestigious events in the bridge nutter’s diary took place on the…

Bridge

12 October 2019 9:00 am

After all the excitement of England making the playoffs in all four events at the World Championships in China, only…