Magazine article The Spectator

Feeling Sore

Magazine article The Spectator

Feeling Sore

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IF you're a true addict, bridge never really loses its grip. It can continue to obsess you in the most distracting situations. The other day, for instance, I called up my friend and fellow TGR regular Maurice Esterson, who was in hospital following an accident. I pictured him swathed in bandages, perhaps even too weak to exchange more than a word or two. Instead, he immediately said, 'Ah, just the person - I've been desperate to tell you about a grand slam that Mrs X played. She made a terrible hash of it . . .'

He went on to give an exhaustive account of the bidding and the cards that everyone had held (I'm sure I heard a nurse in the background saying, 'Don't get overexcited, Mr Esterson'):

Mrs X (South) had never picked up a hand quite like it: needing so little from North (Maurice) to make all 13 tricks, she couldn't resist bidding straight to 7[spades]. This made Maurice extremely nervous: Mrs X's cardplay doesn't normally inspire much confidence. …

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