Magazine article The Spectator

Hard Work

Magazine article The Spectator

Hard Work

Article excerpt

OVER dinner the other night, my non-card-playing friend Tom Knox told me that he'd just read my Spectator bridge column for the first time. He paused, and I cheerfully awaited a compliment. 'Money for old rope, isn't it,' he said. 'What on earth do you mean?' I exclaimed. 'Well,' he continued, 'you have a hobby and all you have to do is write about it: I did this, then he did that, then I did this, then he did that ...'

This couldn't be further from the truth. Most bridge hands, far from being instructive or exciting, are unremarkable or mundane. I hardly ever play hands that I consider worth commenting on. Even professionals rarely play more than half a dozen hands a year which end up in bridge columns. In fact, a lot of my time is spent scouting around for suitable material. This is the latest hand to catch my eye - it was played by Artur Malinowski, a brilliant Polish pro known affectionately as 'Bidonemoreski' as he never misses the chance to be in slam:

West led a diamond. …

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