Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

Bridge | 2 July 2022

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Rubber bridge is a game that happens to suit me very well: you can come and go as you please…

Bridge | 18 June 2022

18 June 2022 9:00 am

When lockdown struck, high-standard online bridge tournaments sprang up and with them a multitude of cheats, world champions among them,…

Bridge | 4 June 2022

4 June 2022 9:00 am

In honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s awe-inspiring Platinum Jubilee, I have not one but two hands, illustrating the power…

Bridge | 21 May 2022

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It was time to celebrate! The Schapiro Spring Foursomes was back again after the enforced Covid break, and the EBU’s…

Bridge | 7 May 2022

7 May 2022 9:00 am

My teammate Thor Erik Hoftaniska is having a bit of a moment. He won last year’s (online) Gold Cup (on…

Bridge | 23 April 2022

23 April 2022 9:00 am

It seems ironic that while many bridge players are fighting to ‘Keep Bridge Alive’, raising money to encourage and teach…

Bridge | 26 March 2022

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The England U26 juniors have been flying high lately. A couple of weeks ago they won the Junior Camrose, and…

Bridge | 12 March 2022

12 March 2022 9:00 am

The Lederer Memorial Trophy was carried off this year by my lovely friend Jonathan Harris, albeit with a little help…

Bridge | 26 February 2022

26 February 2022 9:00 am

My friend Nick Sandqvist says that coaching the England juniors is a joy; so great when someone enthusiastic and creative…

Bridge | 12 February 2022

12 February 2022 9:00 am

You may not have heard of Sue Johnson but she could be the fairy godmother bridge needs right now. Not…

Bridge | 29 January 2022

29 January 2022 9:00 am

During lockdown I had a bit of a tidy-up and came across a Post-it note with the following statement written…

Bridge | 15 January 2022

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Why is defence so difficult? Why do I have to suffer partner’s incredulous face when I play the wrong card…

Bridge | 18 December 2021

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Bridge is not too enticing if your parents had card evenings when you were a child, which often ended in…

Bridge | 4 December 2021

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The 2020 European Championships were an early casualty of lockdown but hopefully 2022 will rectify the count! It’s going to…

Bridge | 20 November 2021

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The Champion’s Cup is an annual competition for the national champions from 12 European countries. As my team won the…

Bridge | 6 November 2021

6 November 2021 9:00 am

There isn’t much Nick Sandqvist (my first bridge partner, teacher and great friend) doesn’t know about bridge. He has been…

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.…