Magazine article The Spectator

Open Verdict

Magazine article The Spectator

Open Verdict

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BRIDGE is often a humbling experience. You might think there would come a point at which you'd be familiar with most types of hand. Not so. Even the most seasoned player is occasionally dealt one which leaves him stumped as to what to bid, or unsure how to respond to his partner.

But the very complexity of the game has its consolations. When a difficult hand does crop up, there is seldom unanimous agreement among experts about how to bid; you can usually find at least one who agrees with your decision.

For this reason, the most popular feature in bridge magazines tends to be the 'bidding panel' article, where different experts give their answers to a variety of problems. Brian Senior has put together a selection of these articles in his hugely enjoyable book It's Your Call*. It's good to see just how much experts squabble among themselves . . . …

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