Bridge

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…

Bridge | 1 May 2021

1 May 2021 9:00 am

It was great to see an England team win the hotly contested World Bridge Tour ‘Survivor Cup’ recently. Many congratulations…

Bridge | 24 April 2021

24 April 2021 9:00 am

There are many drawbacks to playing bridge online but there is one thing that’s quite enjoyable: the speed and accuracy…

Bridge | 17 April 2021

17 April 2021 9:00 am

I sometimes get far too intense when I’m playing bridge online. Holed up in my study at home, wearing noise-cancelling…

Bridge | 10 April 2021

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Bridge is a complex game, and is played by humans. Put those two things together and you have a guarantee…

Bridge | 3 April 2021

3 April 2021 9:00 am

These days, most tournaments take place either on Bridge Base Online or Realbridge. I far prefer BBO for one reason:…

Bridge | 27 March 2021

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The Young Chelsea Knock Out is a terrific tournament, and the best thing about it is that the winners get…

Bridge | 20 March 2021

20 March 2021 9:00 am

If anyone is going to cause me agonies at the bridge table in front of 800 kibitzers by subjecting me…

Bridge | 13 March 2021

13 March 2021 9:00 am

One benefit of lockdown is that there is much more time for reading. My personal favourite bridge book is Play…

Bridge | 06 March 2021

6 March 2021 9:00 am

This is a great time to be a young bridge player. When I took up the game in my twenties,…

Bridge | 27 February 2021

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The late, great Martin Hoffman always claimed he was the unluckiest player in the world. If he was playing rubber,…

Bridge | 20 February 2021

20 February 2021 9:00 am

In general, I don’t like to play bridge just for fun: I prefer the cut-throat atmosphere of a tournament, or…

Bridge | 13 February 2021

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is moving — literally and figuratively. They are relocating to the Salvation Army building in…