Susanna Gross

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…

Bridge

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Anyone who doubts that bridge keeps your brain sharp in old age should have a game with Bernard Teltcher. Bernard…

Bridge

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Over the many years I’ve been playing competitive bridge, I’ve managed to cobble together a system-file which now runs to…

Bridge

28 July 2018 9:00 am

It’s hard to explain to non-bridge players just how all-consuming this game is. For those of us who move in…

Bridge

14 July 2018 9:00 am

I have a horrible feeling my column this week is going to read like a mutual-back-scratch. In the last issue,…

Bridge

30 June 2018 9:00 am

When my talented friend Paula Leslie and I decided to put a team together for the Hubert Philips Bowl (England’s…

Bridge

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just come back from Ostend, where I spent four perfect days. No, not sun, sea and sand — eight…

Bridge

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Not many players can pull a fast one on Gunnar Hallberg. The seasoned Swede, who came to live over here…

Bridge

19 May 2018 9:00 am

I’ve always suspected that pessimists make better card players than optimists — and I recently came across the proof. A…

Bridge

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Playing rubber bridge the other afternoon for higher stakes than usual (£20 per hundred), I had a memorably miserable time.…

Bridge

21 April 2018 9:00 am

If I had to name my favourite bridge player… actually, I can’t, there are too many. But the young Danish…

Bridge

7 April 2018 9:00 am

It was about 20 years ago that I first became friends with Janet de Botton, and urged her to take…

Bridge

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Colin Simpson, who has died after a long illness at the age of 69, was a star both at the…