Susanna Gross

Bridge

7 September 2019 9:00 am

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

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It’s exceptionally rare to pick up an 11-card suit. You might think it would happen at least once in a…

Susanna Gross

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Geir Helgemo is the most revered bridge player in the world — and that isn’t about to change just because…

Bridge

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Is it my imagination, or are we bridge players far more aggressive than we were a decade ago? I don’t…

Bridge

9 February 2019 9:00 am

It can be hard to explain to people who don’t play bridge why it’s quite such a beautiful game. And…

Bridge

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Zia Mahmood is as famous today as when I first met him 20 years ago. Not only is he still…

Bridge

12 January 2019 9:00 am

For those of us who play rubber bridge at TGR’s, the New Year began with the very sad news that…

Bridge

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The other day, I opened a Christmas card showing Santa carrying a sack full of presents, and was immediately reminded…

Bridge

1 December 2018 9:00 am

It’s been six months since the legendary Martin Hoffman died, but I’m still not sure if I’ve quite registered the…

Bridge

17 November 2018 9:00 am

It’s no surprise that so many bridge players are computer programmers or systems analysts; it’s an ideal game for those…

Bridge

3 November 2018 9:00 am

For most bridge players, defence is the hardest part of the game. Not only do you need to visualise declarer’s…

Bridge

20 October 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just come back from ten days in Orlando, but don’t ask me what it’s like — I haven’t a…

Bridge

6 October 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just arrived in Orlando, where the 15th World Bridge Series is taking place. I’m here for the second event…

Bridge

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Around this time each September, I get to say, ‘I’m off to Tangier for a few days to play high-stakes…