Susanna Gross

Bridge | 21 March 2020

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Bridge is obviously another casualty of the coronavirus. Clubs have closed their doors; tournaments have been cancelled; championships have been…

Bridge | 07 March 2020

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I love the French expression esprit de l’escalier (‘wit of the staircase’); it perfectly captures that moment of frustration when…

Bridge 22 February 2020

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when the Rimstedts and their children get together over supper. One…

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7 February 2020 10:00 pm

As hosts of this year’s Lady Milne Trophy — the women’s home international series — England get to field two…

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24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Sad to say, the length of time you’ve been playing bridge is no indication of how good you are. Indeed,…

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11 January 2020 9:00 am

The new year is a daunting prospect in terms of the sheer amount of bridge taking place. Rather like buses,…

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14 December 2019 9:00 am

These days, young people expect to learn new skills online, for free. So how do we introduce a new generation…

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30 November 2019 9:00 am

Nothing is ever routine or boring when Alex Hydes is at the table. One of England’s best players, he’s a…

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16 November 2019 9:00 am

Congratulations to Janet de B and her team, who had an excellent week last week — as I know to…

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2 November 2019 9:00 am

Peter Fredin may not be the best bridge player in the world, but he gets my vote for the most…

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19 October 2019 9:00 am

I’m just back from Beijing, where I’ve been playing in the Hua Yuan Cup, an invitational tournament for the eight…

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5 October 2019 9:00 am

The world bridge championships are finally over — and I don’t remember another where the England players gave us such…

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21 September 2019 9:00 am

The bridge world championships are underway in Wuhan in China, and I’m obsessively following the action online. Fortunately it’s taking…

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7 September 2019 9:00 am

Benjaminised Acol, better known as ‘Benji Acol’ — and its variant ‘Reverse Benji’ — is one of the most commonly…

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24 August 2019 9:00 am

Terence Reese’s concentration at the bridge table was legendary. Most people know the story of how Boris Schapiro once wagered…

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10 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Table presence’ is a funny old expression. It sounds as though it refers to a player’s magnetic appeal or domineering…

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27 July 2019 9:00 am

Bridge isn’t a game you can get good at quickly. It takes years to reach a reasonable standard — far…

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13 July 2019 9:00 am

All high-level bridge tournaments involve playing with screens placed diagonally across the table — and there are numerous rules to…

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29 June 2019 9:00 am

I’m just back from an exhilarating week in Istanbul, where I was lucky enough to be partnering Tom Paske in…

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15 June 2019 9:00 am

Bridge is such a complex, multi-layered game that a single hand can be approached in myriad ways, depending on the…

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1 June 2019 9:00 am

I’ve recently been reading Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca to my children, and while it’s every bit as enjoyable as…

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18 May 2019 9:00 am

The Spring Fours in Stratford-upon-Avon — perhaps the most prestigious event in the English calendar — was as enjoyable as…

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4 May 2019 9:00 am

‘You know what people say about you?’ Zia Mahmood told me the other day. ‘You play really well but then…

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20 April 2019 9:00 am

You’re probably familiar with the old bridge adage: ‘Never put down an 8-card suit in dummy’. If you’re lucky enough…

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6 April 2019 9:00 am

Each March, a roll call of bridge superstars come to compete in the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams, one of America’s most…