Magazine article The Spectator

Knowing It All

Magazine article The Spectator

Knowing It All

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My honeymoon, from which I've just returned, was a brilliant opportunity to memorise my new 20-page Scandinavian bidding system. My husband, who can't tell a club from a spade, agreed to test me daily, which I thought was very romantic.

The system has been devised by my bridge partner/teacher Espen Erichsen, and is dauntingly detailed. There are those who scoff at such a scientific approach, arguing that a more natural bidding style is easier to remember (leading to fewer mistakes) and reveals less to the opponents. They have a point - but a good system, properly learned, gives you a massive advantage in finding the right contract.

To prove it, Espen and his wife Helen triumphed at the recent European Mixed Teams Championship in Tenerife. Espen sent me text messages at each stage to let me know how they were doing. …

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