Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

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 | 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…

Bridge | 30 December 2021

30 January 2021 9:00 am

When bridge moved from actual tables to virtual tables last March, it quickly became clear that cheating was ruining the…

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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,…