Magazine article The Spectator

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Magazine article The Spectator

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Friends sometimes ask me if I'm going to write a book about bridge. This invariably leads to a discussion about what it might be called - and then to what they might call their own bridge memoirs. Among my favourite titles are Antonia Eraser's - Sorry, Partner - and Harold Pinter's - The Rest Were Mine (i.e., the rest of the tricks). The historian Andrew Roberts doesn't himself play, but was quick to advise me on what my book should be called. 'It's imperative to have your name in the title,' he said. 'You should call it Susanna Gross's Greatest Bridge Solutions - never use the word problems. There! I've given you one of the great titles of the postwar period.'

Alas, much as I appreciate Andrew's grandiose claims for my abilities, the bridge solutions I offer in this column are seldom my own - they are almost always suggested by experts (I can't pretend to be one myself). Here's a hand, for instance, where I failed to spot the best line - and Zia Mahmood put me right:

West led the [diamonds]K. …

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