Susanna Gross

Bridge

8 January 2022 9:00 am

We’re all guilty of making silly mistakes at the bridge table and then hurriedly trying to explain them away —…

Bridge | 11 December 2021

11 December 2021 9:00 am

All the best people play bridge. Stephen Sondheim, who died two weeks ago, was mad about the game. In his…

Bridge | 27 November 2021

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Succumbing to your emotions at the bridge table can be fatal. Whatever you’re feeling, get a grip! Easier said than…

Bridge | 13 November 2021

13 November 2021 9:00 am

It can’t have been a surprise to anyone who knows him that when Andrew Black — Bertie to his friends…

Bridge | 30 October 2021

30 October 2021 9:00 am

It was great to be back playing live bridge at the Portland Club last week. I was lucky enough to…

Bridge | 16 October 2021

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The Gold Cup is the most prestigious Open Teams event in Britain, and has been ever since Colonel ‘Pops’ Beasley…

Bridge | 02 October 2021

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Online bridge has been a lifeline for many players these past 18 months. But not everyone wanted to try it.…

Bridge | 18 September 2021

18 September 2021 9:00 am

‘Table presence’ is a funny old expression in bridge. You might think it means what it would in any other…

Bridge | 4 September 2021

4 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s not often that bridge makes headlines, but last week something extraordinary happened. At the online European Qualifier for the…

Bridge | 21 August 2021

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Live bridge is back. It kicked off two weekends ago with Eastbourne’s Swiss Pairs. I went with my friend Ollie…

Bridge | 7 August 2021

7 August 2021 9:00 am

To be a killer bridge player, you need to be aggressive. Many of us are hampered by timidity, especially when…

Bridge | 24 July 2021

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Bridge is a game you can never fully master, which is why it’s so endlessly stimulating. No sooner have you…

Bridge | 10 July 2021

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Top bridge players have a spooky ability to recall thousands of hands, often from many years back. With so many…

Bridge | 26 June 2021

26 June 2021 9:00 am

On the whole, I’ve enjoyed playing bridge from the comfort of home during lockdown. One regrettable outcome, however, is that…

Bridge | 12 June 2021

12 June 2021 9:00 am

I would never say that bridge is just a game — for many of us, it’s a lifetime’s vocation. However,…

Bridge | 29 May 2021

29 May 2021 9:00 am

One of the pleasures of kibitzing online tournaments is that when an intriguing hand comes up, you can flick back…

Bridge | 15 May 2021

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I’m not surprised so many scientific studies have shown that bridge staves off dementia: the game provides a constant workout…

Bridge | 1 May 2021

1 May 2021 9:00 am

It was great to see an England team win the hotly contested World Bridge Tour ‘Survivor Cup’ recently. Many congratulations…

Bridge | 17 April 2021

17 April 2021 9:00 am

I sometimes get far too intense when I’m playing bridge online. Holed up in my study at home, wearing noise-cancelling…

Bridge | 3 April 2021

3 April 2021 9:00 am

These days, most tournaments take place either on Bridge Base Online or Realbridge. I far prefer BBO for one reason:…

Bridge | 20 March 2021

20 March 2021 9:00 am

If anyone is going to cause me agonies at the bridge table in front of 800 kibitzers by subjecting me…

Bridge | 06 March 2021

6 March 2021 9:00 am

This is a great time to be a young bridge player. When I took up the game in my twenties,…

Bridge | 20 February 2021

20 February 2021 9:00 am

In general, I don’t like to play bridge just for fun: I prefer the cut-throat atmosphere of a tournament, or…

Bridge | 6 February 2021

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The American professor Martin Seligman is one of the most influential psychologists in the world. Known as the father of…

Bridge | 23 January 2021

23 January 2021 9:00 am

When lockdown began, all those months ago, I remember chatting to a few of England’s top players about the shift…