Bridge

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 | 15 January 2022

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Why is defence so difficult? Why do I have to suffer partner’s incredulous face when I play the wrong card…

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 | 18 December 2021

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Bridge is not too enticing if your parents had card evenings when you were a child, which often ended in…

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 | 4 December 2021

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The 2020 European Championships were an early casualty of lockdown but hopefully 2022 will rectify the count! It’s going to…

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 | 20 November 2021

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The Champion’s Cup is an annual competition for the national champions from 12 European countries. As my team won the…

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 | 6 November 2021

6 November 2021 9:00 am

There isn’t much Nick Sandqvist (my first bridge partner, teacher and great friend) doesn’t know about bridge. He has been…

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 | 23 October 2021

23 October 2021 9:00 am

YAY! We won the Gold Cup! We played Tim Leslie’s strong team in the 64-board final and beat them on…

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 | 9 October 2021

9 October 2021 9:00 am

One of my favourite Bridge proverbs is ‘Play the card you’re known to hold’. It doesn’t mean we should blithely…

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 | 25 September 2021

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The first serious F2F bridge tournament we have played for almost two years was the Premier League last weekend. Whatever…

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 | 11 September 2021

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The end to the European Championships Qualifier — from an English perspective — was one of the most dramatic ever…

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 | 28 August 2021

28 August 2021 9:00 am

So, face-to-face bridge is slowly returning, with EBU’s Summer Meeting in Eastbourne being one of the first to take place.…

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 | 14 August 2021

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Most of us have lost a year and a bit, but hopefully we will get back to normal (bridgewise) fairly…

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 | 31 July 2021

31 July 2021 9:00 am

When I started learning bridge (about 20 years ago) I was taught the basic guidelines of play and defence and…

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…