Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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28 September 2019 9:00 am

The World Championships, held in Wuhan, China, came to the end of a gruelling eight days of qualification (eight teams…

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14 September 2019 9:00 am

Not many male bridge players over a certain age (ten) would call themselves feminists. I won’t repeat what the partner…

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31 August 2019 9:00 am

When did ‘literally’ become, literally, the most annoying word in the English language? Fairly recently I would guess, because ‘like’…

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3 August 2019 9:00 am

TGR’s Bridge Club in Paddington is the daily home to those of us who want to play bridge but cannot…

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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…