Magazine article The Spectator

Shamefaced

Magazine article The Spectator

Shamefaced

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ON my way to the London heat of the Portland Pairs tournament yesterday, I found myself pondering the downside of partnering a player as talented as Brian Senior. Brian is often hired by keen amateurs, and has a terrific track record of doing well with them. If we get a good result today, I reflected - or perhaps even win! - I'll get very little of the credit; people will simply say that Brian has carried another punter to glory.

My anxiety turned out to be unfounded - but not in the way I'd hoped. I hadn't stopped to consider the other downside of playing with Brian: if he can win tournaments with distinctly ordinary players, how humiliated would I feel if he languished below average with me?

Well, that's what happened. I played as though I were sleep-walking, our opponents made frustratingly few mistakes, and Brian, by his own admission, was 'uninspired'. None of this would matter if I could think of bridge as just a game, but I can't - for me it's positively a test of character, and this morning I feel really quite ashamed. …

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