Magazine article The Spectator

Deep in Thought

Magazine article The Spectator

Deep in Thought

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I KIBBITZED the England trials again last weekend, and was struck once more by what a strange spectacle it is. It's not just the screens across the tables; it's the rapt concentration of the players - the way they sit for long periods virtually immobile, deep in thought. They might also be waxworks, until you notice the sign of tension most of them share: if you look under the table, you'll see them jiggling their feet. I was amused at one point to notice that Andrew Robson and Tony Forrester - the best players there - were tapping their feet in unison, like members of a Busby Berkeley chorus.

The concentration paid off when Andrew Robson played the following hand:

Dealer North Neither Side Vulnerable

West led the (spade)2 and Andrew did some thinking. …

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