Susanna Gross

Bridge

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I was talking to the brilliant 27-year old Israeli player Alon Birman at the recent Brighton Congress, when suddenly there…

Bridge

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Some bridge hands are so sad that they make you want to cry. At least, that’s how my friend Lou…

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2 August 2014 9:00 am

The brilliant American bridge writer and former world champion Eddie Kantar once overheard two wives in his bridge class arguing…

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19 July 2014 9:00 am

The recent Open European Championship was won by Israel — but right up to the end, Monaco and England were…

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5 July 2014 9:00 am

Our Golden Oldies have brought home the Gold! Many congratulations to the England players who have won the Seniors Teams…

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21 June 2014 8:00 am

It takes a lot for me to give up on a ‘double-dummy’ bridge problem — i.e. one in which you…

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7 June 2014 9:00 am

Have you ever been told by an expert that a bid you’ve made is foolish, badly judged or plain wrong?…

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24 May 2014 9:00 am

There’s no point in soft-soaping it: however long you’ve been playing bridge, however well you think you play, if you’ve…

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10 May 2014 9:00 am

The more I watch top-class players bid their hands, the more I abide by the philosophy: points, schmoints! Obviously, we…

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26 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s no coincidence that many card players excel at both bridge and poker. The poker legend Gus Hansen plays a…

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12 April 2014 9:00 am

The news that two German doctors have been found guilty of cheating at the world bridge championships in Bali last…

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29 March 2014 9:00 am

You’ve probably read about the English Bridge Union’s attempt to get bridge reclassified as a sport rather than a game…

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15 March 2014 9:00 am

The Night of the Stars charity bridge event, held in West London a couple of weeks ago, was every bit…

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1 March 2014 9:00 am

To any player with even the smallest sadistic streak, squeezing your opponents is hugely satisfying. But there’s something even more…

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15 February 2014 9:00 am

A couple of Sundays ago, in London, Zia Mahmood and Demetri Marchessini held the first ever ‘Goulash Individual’ tournament. ‘Goulash’…

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1 February 2014 9:00 am

I always find it impossible to sleep when I’ve played poorly, and last night just one sleeping pill was never…

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18 January 2014 9:00 am

Do you ever watch the greats playing bridge? And if you do, are you sometimes baffled, because instead of playing…

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4 January 2014 9:00 am

What is the purpose of bidding? It’s how partners describe their hands to each other in order to reach the…

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7 December 2013 9:00 am

One of the most dramatic events of the Spanish American War was the sinking of the cargo ship Merrimac. Early…

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23 November 2013 9:00 am

Everyone over a certain age can remember the sense of shock that comes when policemen start looking like mere boys.…

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9 November 2013 9:00 am

Bridge is a great leveller: at some point, it makes fools of us all. As a result, it’s probably best…

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26 October 2013 9:00 am

It’s difficult for non-players to imagine the extent to which bridge hands can torment us. I’ve spent hours this week…

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12 October 2013 9:00 am

The 2013 IBPA (International Bridge Press Association) Awards have just been published — and it’s no great surprise to see…

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28 September 2013 9:00 am

This week I’m tackling one of the great unmentionable subjects of bridge: the fact that players so seldom go to…

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14 September 2013 9:00 am

In any sport, a sense of elation is a dangerous thing. When a player does something good, he can’t afford…