Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

Bridge

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I think my regular reader(s) would agree that I have been rather low-key about my bridge abilities of late. Defence…

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1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the best players today are technically excellent in card play. They know all the odds and end plays to…

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25 August 2018 9:00 am

Long-married couples are notoriously intolerant of one another at the bridge table. It’s as if all their pent-up irritation comes…

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18 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was first married, there were no satnavs to hold our hands; we relied on maps (if there was…

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4 August 2018 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again — summer and its attendant holidays. No bridge for me for a month, unless…

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21 July 2018 9:00 am

Last Friday, merrily on my way to Young Chelsea (still the best IMPs duplicate in town), I couldn’t know that…

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7 July 2018 9:00 am

The Hubert Phillips is a knockout tournament unlike any other. First it is mixed — there has to be at…

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23 June 2018 9:00 am

Ostend has been host to hundreds of bridge players representing their various countries in the European Teams Championships. The ten-day…

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9 June 2018 9:00 am

Talk about Custer’s Last Stand. My poor old team has been knocked out of all this year’s main tournaments —…

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26 May 2018 9:00 am

Martin Hoffman, who died last week, had an extraordinary life. Born in Prague in 1929, he was the only member…

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12 May 2018 9:00 am

This year’s Schapiro Spring Foursomes, England’s best tournament by a mile, wasn’t held in the usual Stratford-upon-Avon venue but in…

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28 April 2018 9:00 am

England had a narrow lead going into the second weekend of the Camrose, with the Irish National team and the…

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14 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m not saying that I want ‘She played bridge for England’ on my tombstone — but then again… Last weekend,…

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31 March 2018 9:00 am

Have you ever picked up your hand, opened a weak 2 on a proper six-card suit (all right, if you’re…

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17 March 2018 9:00 am

Little did I know, when I was railing at how Britain comes to a standstill at the first flurry of…

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3 March 2018 9:00 am

No February blues for me. The past couple of weeks have been the most exciting and interesting (bridge-wise) I could…

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17 February 2018 9:00 am

August 2015 will be remembered as a landmark for World Bridge. There had long been talk among bridge players about…

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3 February 2018 9:00 am

I have just returned from the annual pilgrimage to Reykjavik, home of one of the best tournaments of the year.…

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20 January 2018 9:00 am

The first home tournament of 2018 was last week’s four-day European Open Trials. Ten selected pairs played 216 boards at…

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6 January 2018 9:00 am

Well, I had a very merry Christmas thank you — and I hope you did too — but as usual…

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9 December 2017 9:00 am

The year is drawing to a close and this is my last column before Christmas. May I wish you all…

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25 November 2017 9:00 am

When I first started playing tournament bridge there were relatively few European sponsors. The US was buzzing with sponsored teams…

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11 November 2017 9:00 am

The third and final weekend of England’s Premier League took place in Solihull and was a very jolly affair. All…

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28 October 2017 9:00 am

When I started playing bridge in earnest, the first tournament I entered was the EBU’s Autumn Congress, which back then…

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14 October 2017 9:00 am

Somewhere between 1 and 3 a.m., I turn off the lights but I can’t turn off my whirring brain. Cards…