Bridge

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…

Bridge | 4 April 2020

4 April 2020 9:00 am

I’m finding it harder than I thought to concentrate while playing bridge online. And not just because my two children…

Bridge | 28 March 2020

28 March 2020 9:00 am

It was impossible to imagine, when I filed my column a fortnight ago, that I would be writing this one…

Bridge | 21 March 2020

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Bridge is obviously another casualty of the coronavirus. Clubs have closed their doors; tournaments have been cancelled; championships have been…

Bridge | 14 March 2020

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Just back from Monaco, the tiny principality famously dubbed ‘a sunny place for shady people’ by Somerset Maugham. Pierre Zimmermann,…

Bridge | 07 March 2020

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I love the French expression esprit de l’escalier (‘wit of the staircase’); it perfectly captures that moment of frustration when…

Bridge

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Bridge experts are a lovely lot. They give their time freely and generously to encourage and teach students and bring…

Bridge 22 February 2020

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when the Rimstedts and their children get together over supper. One…

Bridge

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The annual Icelandic bridge tournament, held in Reykjavik at the end of January, is one of the best on the…

Bridge

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

As hosts of this year’s Lady Milne Trophy — the women’s home international series — England get to field two…

Bridge

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Have I mentioned that I played for England in the Camrose? And not for the first time either. Sadly this…

Bridge

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Sad to say, the length of time you’ve been playing bridge is no indication of how good you are. Indeed,…