Susanna Gross

Bridge | 27 June 2020

27 June 2020 9:00 am

I’m not a great fan of online bridge but I must admit, lockdown has provided a real opportunity for players…

Bridge | 13 June 2020

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Have you ever been at a bridge event and heard someone exclaim: ‘He Grosvenor’d me!’ They are referring to a…

Bridge | 30 May 2020

30 May 2020 9:00 am

One of the drawbacks of online bridge is the lack of après-bridge fun — those spontaneous drinking sessions where we…

Bridge | 16 May 2020

16 May 2020 9:00 am

My entertainment last week was watching the NN-Cup, a ‘Goulash’ tournament normally held in Moscow, now played online for the…

Bridge | 2 May 2020

2 May 2020 9:00 am

I’m aware that this column is in danger of turning into the Alex Hydes fanzine, but after writing about his…

Bridge | 18 April 2020

18 April 2020 9:00 am

While chatting on the phone to my friend Alex Hydes a couple of weeks ago, I asked whether he was…

Bridge | 4 April 2020

4 April 2020 9:00 am

I’m finding it harder than I thought to concentrate while playing bridge online. And not just because my two children…

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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,…

Bridge

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,…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

Bridge

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…

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…

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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…