Bridge

Bridge | 26 September 2020

26 September 2020 9:00 am

When I first learnt bridge, my teacher (not known as bossy boots for nothing) would thump the table when dummy…

Bridge | 19 September 2020

19 September 2020 9:00 am

My friend Ollie Burgess has just made the bold move of quitting his job in Manchester, and moving to London…

Bridge | 12 September 2020

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The bridge world has lost some glittering stars this (ghastly) year, the latest being France’s Catherine d’Ovidio — multiple world…

Bridge | 5 September 2020

5 September 2020 9:00 am

A major pandemic has been sweeping through the bridge world since the game went online — and it’s called cheating.…

Bridge | 29 August 2020

29 August 2020 9:00 am

I have not played a single hand of bridge for about a month, neither have I kibitzed online. Ergo I…

Bridge | 22 August 2020

22 August 2020 9:00 am

There are some experts — like my friend Sally Brock — who think Blackwood is an overrated convention, and that…

Bridge | 15 August 2020

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I am frankly repulsed by the latest cheats, exposed after the online invitational Alt and OCBL tournaments. When F2F bridge…

Bridge | 8 August 2020

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Stuart Wheeler was a true original. I was lucky enough to be a friend (we met playing bridge), and will…

Bridge | 1 August 2020

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Last week I got an email from one of my readers — the other one is possibly away for the…

Bridge | 25 July 2020

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Gunnar Hallberg moved to England from Sweden 25 years ago to play professional bridge, and made such a success of…

Bridge | 18 July 2020

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The French Online Open, in which 32 teams competed over a marathon two weeks — seven days round robin and…

Bridge | 11 July 2020

11 July 2020 9:00 am

What goes through a world-class player’s mind when he or she stops to think for an age during a hand?…

Bridge | 04 July 2020

4 July 2020 9:00 am

What do we want? We want to play bridge. But who anticipated Covid-19 was going to close every bridge club…

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 | 20 June 2020

20 June 2020 9:00 am

I am so useless in defence it’s embarrassing. My partners all say the same thing: slow down and think. I…

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 | 6 June 2020

6 June 2020 9:00 am

When did we change from being a nation of curtain-twitching old biddies into one of full-on super-snitches? First a retired…

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 | 23 May 2020

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Well, what can I say? I have been nowhere. Seen no one. Done nothing. Unless you count watching damaging amounts…

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 | 9 May 2020

9 May 2020 9:00 am

This weekend should have been the Schapiro Spring Foursomes, sponsored by Helen S., widow of the legendary Boris. Held in…

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 | 25 April 2020

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

The Alt Invitational is the online tournament that is attracting some of the best players on earth. When the whole…

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 | 11 April 2020

11 April 2020 9:00 am

I think it was Warren Buffett who said: ‘Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in…