Magazine article The Spectator

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Magazine article The Spectator

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IF you want a quick course in self-knowledge, take up bridge. There's no shirking from your true nature at the card table. Over the years, I've been endlessly disappointed by what I've found out about myself.

At a recent teams tournament, for instance, my partner Unal Durmus and I bid rather a poor slam, and my immediate response was one of fury with Unal, even though he's a far better player than me. As if that were not bad enough, I was so busy trying to think of ways in which I could be absolved from any blame that I didn't focus properly on the hand - which it turned out I might have made:

Unal opened 2NT; my 4[diamonds] was a slam try. When Unal responded 4[hearts], I should have bid 5[diamonds], showing minimum interest. Instead, I bid Roman Key-Card Blackwood, and when Unal showed three aces, I tried to sign off in 5[diamonds]. …

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