Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton is The Spectator's bridge columnist.

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17 May 2014 9:00 am

The Schapiro Spring Foursomes, held in early May in Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of the great tournaments and this time it…

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3 May 2014 9:00 am

Somewhere highly intellectual I read that they were bringing back the Generation Game, recalling, in all their excruciating mundanity,  Brucie’s…

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19 April 2014 9:00 am

I have always been drawn to a bit of a rogue and I must admit I found the coughing German…

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5 April 2014 9:00 am

Dallas to me was an Eighties TV series with huge shoulder pads until I arrived there to play the American…

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22 March 2014 9:00 am

A number of young Israelis are taking the International bridge world by storm. All in their twenties, their achievements so…

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8 March 2014 9:00 am

Now and then an event enters the annual bridge calendar and becomes an instant ‘must play’. TGRs Auction Pairs is…

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22 February 2014 9:00 am

Bridge players are a generous bunch — both with their expertise and their time. There are many charity events to…

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8 February 2014 9:00 am

January ended for me with the annual Icelandic Bridge Festival in Reykjavik. There may be a better tournament but I…

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25 January 2014 9:00 am

2014 has started with a bang! The second weekend of January saw TGR’s fifth Auction Pairs in which 71 pairs…

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11 January 2014 9:00 am

First up, HNY to one and all and especially my regular reader (no, not you mummy) John Hinde, who wrote…

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14 December 2013 9:00 am

Autumn 2013 has been the single worst season of my bridge career. Actually, do I have a bridge career? Doesn’t…

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30 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Yikes! I’ve been Grosvenored!’ This is a wail you will hear from time to time when a Declarer has been…

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16 November 2013 9:00 am

My plan this week was to write wittily, but modestly, about our rise from the bowels of relegation after the…

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2 November 2013 9:00 am

I love Bernard Teltscher. In fact, I proposed to him recently, but he politely declined, saying I was too old…

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19 October 2013 9:00 am

The season got off to a very bad start for my team — and continues in much the same vein.…

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5 October 2013 9:00 am

I defy anyone, even Tolstoy were he still alive and were he to abandon War and Peace for a bridge…

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21 September 2013 9:00 am

If you are allergic to wasp stings, may I give you a word of advice? Keep away from them! Don’t…

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7 September 2013 9:00 am

Holiday over – and I hopped on the plane home dribbling with excitement. I was going straight to Young Chelsea…

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24 August 2013 9:00 am

If jealousy is measured in twinges my twinge-o-meter has gone viral. On my self-imposed sabbatical, otherwise known as a holiday,…

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10 August 2013 9:00 am

We all need time off from our addictions and August is my annual holiday and break from bridge. One of…

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27 July 2013 9:00 am

Friday 19 July saw Young Chelsea’s last duplicate at the old premises in Barkston Gardens. And what a swell party…

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13 July 2013 9:00 am

Tor Helness, the Norwegian-born superstar who now plays for Monaco, partnering his wife Gunn in the European Mixed Teams, had…