Bridge

Bridge | 23 October 2021

23 October 2021 9:00 am

YAY! We won the Gold Cup! We played Tim Leslie’s strong team in the 64-board final and beat them on…

Bridge | 16 October 2021

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The Gold Cup is the most prestigious Open Teams event in Britain, and has been ever since Colonel ‘Pops’ Beasley…

Bridge | 9 October 2021

9 October 2021 9:00 am

One of my favourite Bridge proverbs is ‘Play the card you’re known to hold’. It doesn’t mean we should blithely…

Bridge | 02 October 2021

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Online bridge has been a lifeline for many players these past 18 months. But not everyone wanted to try it.…

Bridge | 25 September 2021

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The first serious F2F bridge tournament we have played for almost two years was the Premier League last weekend. Whatever…

Bridge | 18 September 2021

18 September 2021 9:00 am

‘Table presence’ is a funny old expression in bridge. You might think it means what it would in any other…

Bridge | 11 September 2021

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The end to the European Championships Qualifier — from an English perspective — was one of the most dramatic ever…

Bridge | 4 September 2021

4 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s not often that bridge makes headlines, but last week something extraordinary happened. At the online European Qualifier for the…

Bridge | 28 August 2021

28 August 2021 9:00 am

So, face-to-face bridge is slowly returning, with EBU’s Summer Meeting in Eastbourne being one of the first to take place.…

Bridge | 21 August 2021

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Live bridge is back. It kicked off two weekends ago with Eastbourne’s Swiss Pairs. I went with my friend Ollie…

Bridge | 14 August 2021

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Most of us have lost a year and a bit, but hopefully we will get back to normal (bridgewise) fairly…

Bridge | 7 August 2021

7 August 2021 9:00 am

To be a killer bridge player, you need to be aggressive. Many of us are hampered by timidity, especially when…

Bridge | 31 July 2021

31 July 2021 9:00 am

When I started learning bridge (about 20 years ago) I was taught the basic guidelines of play and defence and…

Bridge | 24 July 2021

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Bridge is a game you can never fully master, which is why it’s so endlessly stimulating. No sooner have you…

Bridge | 17 July 2021

17 July 2021 9:00 am

If someone had told me in February 2020 that virtually the whole world would be going into lockdown for well…

Bridge | 10 July 2021

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Top bridge players have a spooky ability to recall thousands of hands, often from many years back. With so many…

Bridge | 3 July 2021

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I have a confession to make. I did something I haven’t done for over 20 years: I went on holiday.…

Bridge | 26 June 2021

26 June 2021 9:00 am

On the whole, I’ve enjoyed playing bridge from the comfort of home during lockdown. One regrettable outcome, however, is that…

Bridge | 19 June 2021

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Immense excitement in the relatively tiny world of bridge — the English Bridge Union has announced that the Premier League…

Bridge | 12 June 2021

12 June 2021 9:00 am

I would never say that bridge is just a game — for many of us, it’s a lifetime’s vocation. However,…

Bridge | 5 June 2021

5 June 2021 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of anything more expensive at the bridge table than doubling the opponents and then watching them…

Bridge | 29 May 2021

29 May 2021 9:00 am

One of the pleasures of kibitzing online tournaments is that when an intriguing hand comes up, you can flick back…

Bridge | 22 May 2021

22 May 2021 9:00 am

We all know the importance of making a viable plan before we play. If a contract is poor and seems…

Bridge | 15 May 2021

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I’m not surprised so many scientific studies have shown that bridge staves off dementia: the game provides a constant workout…

Bridge | 8 May 2021

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The Lady Milne is the annual Women’s Championship between the home countries (and Ireland) and is most often a two-horse…