Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

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11 July 2015 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. The European Championships in Tromso kicked off with a week of Mixed and…

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27 June 2015 9:00 am

A feast of bridge is looming! Tromso in Norway is host to the Open European Championships starting on Saturday, and…

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13 June 2015 9:00 am

Andrew (Bertie) Black started his bridge life many moons ago but stopped to found Betfair, which became the world’s largest…

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30 May 2015 9:00 am

If you live in or around London you can play a pairs duplicate every night (or day) of the week…

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16 May 2015 9:00 am

The best EBU tournament of the year is, IMHO, the Schapiro Spring Foursomes, held at the beginning of May in…

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2 May 2015 9:00 am

When I first started playing bridge, about 15 years ago, I ‘trained’ at TGR’s rubber bridge club, which was located…

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18 April 2015 9:00 am

When I was growing up, the loudest, most explosive arguments erupted when my parents played bridge together. Not surprisingly, when…

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4 April 2015 9:00 am

Wednesday night is league night. Sacrosanct. I’ve missed only one in seven years and that was when my daughter was…

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21 March 2015 9:00 am

You either love rubber bridge or you hate it. Personally I love it: I love the freedom it gives you…

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7 March 2015 9:00 am

What a week it’s been. On Thursday night the incomparable Terry Hewett held her annual charity bonanza Night of the…

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21 February 2015 9:00 am

Couples that play together stay together is not a mantra you hear too often in the bridge world. Indeed most…

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7 February 2015 9:00 am

There is something decidedly Groundhog Day about the international bridge calendar. The second weekend of January is TGR’s Auction Pairs…

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24 January 2015 9:00 am

2015 got off to a rollicking start with TGR’s sixth Auction Pairs — chief rollickers being the Norwegians, whose unparalleled…

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10 January 2015 9:00 am

The last tournament of the year is the hugely popular one-day Swiss Teams in the EBU’s Year End Congress in…

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13 December 2014 9:00 am

Pierre Zimmermann, captain of the hugely successful Monaco team, plays with Franck Multon and they are probably the best sponsor/professional…

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29 November 2014 9:00 am

Last weekend saw the start of the Tollemache qualifier, the inter-county teams of eight championship. Thirty-five teams competed in four…

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15 November 2014 9:00 am

It’s always good to know where you draw the line and my line, drawn in thick black ink, was going…

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1 November 2014 9:00 am

Every obituary written about Tony Priday, who died recently aged 92, said what a class act he was. I would…

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18 October 2014 9:00 am

The EBU’s Premier League is upon us again, the pain of relegation ever-present as my team battles it out in…

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4 October 2014 9:00 am

I don’t know about the only gay in the village but I am starting to feel like the last woman…

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20 September 2014 9:00 am

Many top bridge players are also keen poker fans, and when a poker star infiltrates their backyard there is a…

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6 September 2014 9:00 am

One person who lets out a whoop of delight when I am on holiday is my saintly partner, Artur Malinowski.…

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23 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s August — that time of year again — and I am in France, as usual, on my annual holiday.…

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9 August 2014 9:00 am

Two very exciting tournaments drew to a close last week. The first was the Spingold, the main teams event in…

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26 July 2014 9:00 am

Richard Selway was one of the first friends I made in the bridge world. Long-standing ‘host’ at TGR’s, he was…