Magazine article The Spectator

Girl Power

Magazine article The Spectator

Girl Power

Article excerpt

JANET de Botton, who is as hooked on bridge as anyone I've ever known, has put together a formidable team which is making its mark nationally and internationally. But it's still a man's world - or so some men seem to think. Last week, she met an LSE professor who excitedly asked her: 'I've been reading about the famous de Botton bridge team - is that your brother?'

But no, the credit goes not to her brother, nor to her uncle, nor even to her male cousin twice-removed, but to Janet herself - and of course her top-rank teammates Gunnar Hallberg, Nick Sandqvist, Artur Malinowski and the famous Hackett twins (Justin and Jason).

The team recently won the prestigious Spring Fours in Stratford; here's the hand played by Nick Sandqvist:

West led the [hearts]10. Nick (South) played low. East won with the [hearts]K and returned a heart. Nick won with the [hearts]Q, unblocked the [spades]K, then crossed to dummy's [hearts]A. …

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