Magazine article The Spectator

Swedish Lesson

Magazine article The Spectator

Swedish Lesson

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PROFESSIONAL bridge players aren't always welcome at rubber bridge clubs. At the Portland no pros are allowed to join; members come to relax, to have fun, to socialise - they feel that having someone at the table who relies on winning for their livelihood would add a more tense and serious edge to the game. As one member put it, 'I don't mind paying for a man's race-horses, but I do mind paying his rent.'

At my club, TGR's, it's rather different. Some of the country's top pros are members. Usually they play among themselves for high stakes; sometimes they join the £15 game in which I play. Most of them are very welcome: with a few exceptions, they're relaxed, humorous and, best of all, ready to comment on the play and point out our mistakes.

Last week I learned a valuable lesson from the Swedish international Gunnar Hallberg, who joined our table for the afternoon. I was South (Gunnar was East):

I might have doubled 2[clubs], but the way I defended, I'm glad I didn't! …

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