Magazine article The Spectator

Lady Killer

Magazine article The Spectator

Lady Killer

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FOR a woman to be told that she plays bridge like a man is considered a great compliment (at least by the men who say it). What's meant is that she plays with a confidence and aggression supposedly more typical of a man. Women, according to the stereotypical view, tend to be more timid and nervous. But isn't it about time that men realised toughness isn't a male preserve? At the recent Open Trials, only one person - a woman, Catherine Draper - made a grand slam on the hand below; nor was she in the least intimidated by the fact that she was playing against Tony Forrester, considered to be the best, toughest, meanest player in the country . . .

East opened a weak 2[hearts] and South (Catherine) doubled for take-out. North's 4[hearts] asked South to describe her hand further. When Catherine responded 4[clubs], North bid Roman Key Card Blackwood. …

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