Susanna Gross

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…

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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…

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16 December 2017 9:00 am

Know thy opponents — experts make a point of it. When you’re at the bridge table, it’s just as important…

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2 December 2017 9:00 am

Being on lead against a grand slam is bad for your blood pressure. So much is at stake (not least,…

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18 November 2017 9:00 am

I spent last weekend glued to Bridge Base Online, watching the 16th European Champions Cup taking place in Latvia, and…

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4 November 2017 9:00 am

Call me middle-aged, but the days when I enjoyed playing bridge all night are long gone — which is why…

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21 October 2017 9:00 am

Bridge is a partnership game — but haven’t you sometimes wished you could file for a quick divorce mid-rubber? The…

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7 October 2017 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago, Zia Mahmood offered a £1 million bet that no team of his choosing could ever be beaten…

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23 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from Stuart Wheeler’s beautiful villa in Tangier, in the hills just above the bay, where for a…

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9 September 2017 9:00 am

Aren’t the Irish supposed to be lucky? The Irish open team are having no luck at all at the moment.…

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26 August 2017 9:00 am

The ‘Lightner double’ is perfectly named: a bolt out of the blue which strikes fear into your heart. There you…

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12 August 2017 9:00 am

The Andrew Robson Bridge Club in Parsons Green deserves its huge success. The standard may not be as high as…

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22 October 2016 9:00 am

I felt like an absolute hypocrite the other week. Sally Brock’s team had just beaten Alexander Allfrey’s in the semi-finals…

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4 June 2016 9:00 am

The Hubert Phillips Bowl is one of my favourite tournaments of the year: a friendly, knockout event with a rather…

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21 May 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes Janet teases me that this should be called the David Gold Column, as I mention his name so frequently.…

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7 May 2016 9:00 am

I’ve been practising bidding online with my friend Guy Hart in preparation for the Spring Fours in Stratford (we’ll know…

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23 April 2016 9:00 am

Bridge is such an unforgiving game; you can’t afford to take your eye off the ball for a single moment.…