Magazine article The Spectator

Bridge: Janet De Botton

Magazine article The Spectator

Bridge: Janet De Botton

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When I first started playing bridge, in the late Nineties, the Young Chelsea marathon was a continuous 24-hour tournament and the stories that came out of those events are legendary: Richard Selway, late, great host at TGRs, winning and going straight to work afterwards. A Norwegian pair, who had not slept at all the night before and who, after winning, took their prize money to the casino and either lost it all or doubled it over the next 12 hours. Sorry, I can't remember which of those actually happened -- and it doesn't really matter. You get the picture.

Nowadays it is a far more genteel affair and has morphed into a twice-yearly half-marathon, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., which has become very popular even though it possibly lacks some of the lunacy and alcohol consumption of the original! The last one was held a couple of weeks ago and was won convincingly by Rob Cliffe and Brian McGuire. …

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