Susanna Gross

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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10 March 2018 9:00 am

I’ve never forgotten a conversation I had some years ago with the talented, blunt-talking Norwegian player Espen Erichsen. We were…

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24 February 2018 9:00 am

It’s nice being part of a community. That’s how bridge is: over the years, you get to know, or recognise,…

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10 February 2018 9:00 am

The England ladies trials, two weekends ago, were as exciting as ever, but also rather heartbreaking for me and my…

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27 January 2018 9:00 am

As Janet said last week, the recent European Open trials made for compulsive viewing. Ten pairs took part; first and…

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13 January 2018 9:00 am

My friend Neil Mendoza and I had a great finish to 2017 when we won the Portland Club’s annual Auction…