Magazine article The Spectator

Poor Relation

Magazine article The Spectator

Poor Relation

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I'M getting a little tired of people going on about how much they love watching late-night poker on TV. It's not that I don't enjoy it - I do - but it frustrates me that bridge doesn't get the same sort of coverage. In the glamour stakes, bridge has always been poker's poor relation.

Admittedly, bridge isn't so easy to televise - it takes longer to play and is harder to follow. But still, there's the same cast of inscrutable and flamboyant characters, the same highs and lows, the same battle of egos . . .

Last weekend, most of the country's top players took part in Stage I of the England Open Trials. I'd have loved to follow it on TV; instead, I had to rely on match reports over the phone. I was particularly rooting for my friend Unal Durmus's team (Ian Monachan, David Burn, Brian Callaghan) and I'm glad to say they qualified. …

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