Bridge

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 | 27 February 2021

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The late, great Martin Hoffman always claimed he was the unluckiest player in the world. If he was playing rubber,…

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 | 13 February 2021

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is moving — literally and figuratively. They are relocating to the Salvation Army building in…

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 | 30 December 2021

30 January 2021 9:00 am

When bridge moved from actual tables to virtual tables last March, it quickly became clear that cheating was ruining the…

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…

Bridge | 16 January 2021

16 January 2021 9:00 am

’Tis better to give than to receive, the Bible teaches us. Well, not if you were me this Christmas, it…

Bridge | 9 January 2021

9 January 2021 9:00 am

It’s so much easier to play bridge well when luck is on your side. You’ve just doubled your opponents and…

Bridge | 19 December 2020

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Goodbye 2020 and don’t come back. Worst part for bridge players? All the matches and tournaments have been moved online,…

Bridge | 12 December 2020

12 December 2020 9:00 am

It’s surprising how quickly we adapt to things: nine months ago, most of us had never played bridge online before,…

Bridge | 05 December 2020

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Many years ago I remember Tor Helness, the great Norwegian champion, going into the semi-final of a world championship saying:…

Bridge | 28 November 2020

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Each November, Paula Leslie organises the Young Chelsea Women’s Teams — a fantastic event, attracting many of Europe’s best players…

Bridge | 21 November 2020

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The rubber bridge world has lost one of its best and most flamboyant players; David Herman was an emaciated, elegant…

Bridge | 14 November 2020

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s been a busy week of bridge. First came the Lady Milne, the women’s home internationals. As the host nation,…

Bridge | 7 November 2020

7 November 2020 9:00 am

How many times have we had it hammered into us: ‘When dummy goes down, plan the play’? Well, if we…

Bridge | 31 October 2020

31 October 2020 9:00 am

I know its only October, but I’ve already found the perfect Christmas present for bridge-lovers: Simon Cochemé’s new book, Bridge…

Bridge | 24 October 2020

24 October 2020 9:00 am

When (if) the world returns to normal and live bridge tournaments resume, there are two things I will miss after…

Bridge | 17 October 2020

17 October 2020 9:00 am

‘I have a wonderful hand to show you,’ Gunnar Hallberg exclaimed when I saw him last week. Gunnar is a…

Bridge | 10 October 2020

10 October 2020 9:00 am

One of the things that makes bridge so endlessly fascinating is that it is forever changing and growing. At high…

Bridge | 3 October 2020

3 October 2020 9:00 am

The Alt Invitational is a prestigious online teams tournament held every fortnight or so, packed with world-class players. It’s not…

Bridge | 26 September 2020

26 September 2020 9:00 am

When I first learnt bridge, my teacher (not known as bossy boots for nothing) would thump the table when dummy…

Bridge | 19 September 2020

19 September 2020 9:00 am

My friend Ollie Burgess has just made the bold move of quitting his job in Manchester, and moving to London…

Bridge | 12 September 2020

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The bridge world has lost some glittering stars this (ghastly) year, the latest being France’s Catherine d’Ovidio — multiple world…

Bridge | 5 September 2020

5 September 2020 9:00 am

A major pandemic has been sweeping through the bridge world since the game went online — and it’s called cheating.…