Bridge

Bridge | 16 January 2021

16 January 2021 9:00 am

’Tis better to give than to receive, the Bible teaches us. Well, not if you were me this Christmas, it…

Bridge | 9 January 2021

9 January 2021 9:00 am

It’s so much easier to play bridge well when luck is on your side. You’ve just doubled your opponents and…

Bridge | 19 December 2020

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Goodbye 2020 and don’t come back. Worst part for bridge players? All the matches and tournaments have been moved online,…

Bridge | 12 December 2020

12 December 2020 9:00 am

It’s surprising how quickly we adapt to things: nine months ago, most of us had never played bridge online before,…

Bridge | 05 December 2020

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Many years ago I remember Tor Helness, the great Norwegian champion, going into the semi-final of a world championship saying:…

Bridge | 28 November 2020

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Each November, Paula Leslie organises the Young Chelsea Women’s Teams — a fantastic event, attracting many of Europe’s best players…

Bridge | 21 November 2020

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The rubber bridge world has lost one of its best and most flamboyant players; David Herman was an emaciated, elegant…

Bridge | 14 November 2020

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s been a busy week of bridge. First came the Lady Milne, the women’s home internationals. As the host nation,…

Bridge | 7 November 2020

7 November 2020 9:00 am

How many times have we had it hammered into us: ‘When dummy goes down, plan the play’? Well, if we…

Bridge | 31 October 2020

31 October 2020 9:00 am

I know its only October, but I’ve already found the perfect Christmas present for bridge-lovers: Simon Cochemé’s new book, Bridge…

Bridge | 24 October 2020

24 October 2020 9:00 am

When (if) the world returns to normal and live bridge tournaments resume, there are two things I will miss after…

Bridge | 17 October 2020

17 October 2020 9:00 am

‘I have a wonderful hand to show you,’ Gunnar Hallberg exclaimed when I saw him last week. Gunnar is a…

Bridge | 10 October 2020

10 October 2020 9:00 am

One of the things that makes bridge so endlessly fascinating is that it is forever changing and growing. At high…

Bridge | 3 October 2020

3 October 2020 9:00 am

The Alt Invitational is a prestigious online teams tournament held every fortnight or so, packed with world-class players. It’s not…

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…