Susanna Gross

Bridge | 25 June 2022

25 June 2022 9:00 am

At a bridge tournament about 15 years ago, I started chatting to a friendly, eccentric woman in her mid-sixties, wearing…

Bridge | 11 June 2022

11 June 2022 9:00 am

I recently spent a long weekend in Lillehammer in Norway. Apparently it’s very charming, but frankly I have no idea:…

Bridge | 28 May 2022

28 May 2022 9:00 am

For those of us who are prone to anxiety before playing in big tournaments, there are plenty of self-help books…

Bridge | 14 May 2022

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Spring Fours is one of the great events in the English bridge calendar – a five-day knockout attracting many…

Bridge | 30 April 2022

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Recently, a friend was browsing through the bridge books on my shelves, when suddenly she burst out laughing. ‘Here’s a…

Bridge | 16 April 2022

16 April 2022 9:00 am

I went cycling in the Pyrenees with my teenagers last week. Every time we stopped for a break, out came…

Bridge | 02 April 2022

2 April 2022 9:00 am

I don’t play rubber bridge nearly as much as I used to, but I still enjoy the occasional game at…

Bridge | 19 March 2022

19 March 2022 9:00 am

I still haven’t got over the novelty of sitting down at home, opening my laptop, and – just like fantasy…

Bridge | 5 March 2022

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Few things in life compare to the joy of playing bridge, but if I rack my brain I can think…

Bridge | 19 February 2022

19 February 2022 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago, just as I’d begun to think that if I hadn’t got Covid by now I…

Bridge | 05 February 2022

5 February 2022 9:00 am

I’ve been friends with the England player Mike Bell for many years; as top bridge professionals go, I’d say he…

Bridge | 22 January 2022

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Almost everyone has a set of ‘carding’ agreements with their partners to convey information when defending. But I’m always amazed…

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…