Thank you to grant this
maintenance to me.
You were born on April 3, 1959.
I read some share which you had
arrived to France coming from the
Close East. Can you specify us of
which country of the Close East
and was this your birthplace?
I do not know who wrote that but
they is false
I am in Raincy in the Last nine
(these false infos was rectified
on this site after publication of
In your adolescence you were
interested in the theatre since
you wanted to devote your career
to it. Did you sometimes regret
this change of course?
Yes and not
I think that the professional
theatre is a very surface medium
and that to succeed, it is
necessary to be ready to
compromise myself, which is not
my case. I however regret not
having to continue the theatre
You discover the bridge in 1978
while going to look at your
parents playing in their Club and
as of the 1st evening while
returning to the house you
declare to them: I will be
one Championne day of the
Was this a joke, a sentence which
crossed you the spirit but in
which you did not believe or, on
the contrary, as of this moment,
you knew already that you would
give yourself the means of
That can seem pretentious, but I
felt such a passion (thank you
Jean Claude Andrť, my professor)
as of the first course which I
wanted to reach the tops. I was
only 19 years old and probably
did not give really an account to
me of what that represented like
numbers of steps to climb
You begin with the Club
from Raincy (Villemomble)
where you meetings of qualified
people which can locate the
gifted players and enable them to
progress, which brings you very
quickly, since 1985, to take down
your 1st qualification in Team of
France and your 1st title of
Champion of Europe.
How do you explain that in 7
years you made this brilliant
course? Or, differently known as,
that is what makes a
Champion? I do not speak about
people who surround a Champion,
but about qualities necessary:
ambition, work, gift. These 3
essential qualities, how are they
distributed at home?
I overflow of ambition, I think
that I had in the beginning a
real gift and I remained during
nearly 3 years to reading every
night of the books of bridge and
playing the every day.
I think that there is no mystery:
to reach the most level in any
discipline it is necessary to
believe and work in it, to work,
work. One must form a unit with
his subject, not to live more but
If you make an average in your
life, how long, of hours per day,
do you devote to the bridge?
Today much of time neither to
play nor to work, but I continue
to read the bridge which it is
about course that I give, of
specialized magazines (the such
Bridge player or the World
Bridge) or of the books (we have
at the house a whole part of
books of bridge)
Which (S) form (S) of work, of
drive, privilege you? Your
preferred method? Most effective?
Reading of specialized works,
discussions with specialists,
play with the table with large
Which councils would you give the
initial players who have the
will, if not to become Champion
of World, but at the very least
to acquire a good level?
I think that it is essential to
read much, the visual memory is
very important with the bridge.
The free part is also an
excellent school: one thus plays
his money one is more vigilant
and one learns how to react
vis-a-vis unforeseen situations
insofar as one changes without
stop of partner and that the
system of bidding is very
summary. And then especially, one
never should give up but to
always work still and and to
remember that more progress with
the bridge is slow more they will
profit because the learned things
will be well anchored.
If you had a book of bridge to
advise which would be it?
Which is that which fascinated
you the most?
Which is that which helped you
the most when you began?
Which is that which you consult
The book of bridge that I would
advise is that which has me +
helped it at my beginnings: Not
classified with the expert. I
believe to remember that one of
the authors is Conti
. I do
not know if one can still find it
with the shop of the Bridge
That which has me + fascinated it
is Adventures in card play (very
extremely) the works of Victor
Mollo are also excellent
especially Bridge in the
menagerie which combines
technical and humour.
That that I consult it +
regularly is The Official
Encyclopedia of Bridge by
Francis and Truscott, it enables
me to find all the handlings of
color, but it goes back to 1984!
When one is Championne of the
World of Bridge, in France, can
one live comfortably of this
Of share wages? Services?
Premiums? what one receives at
the time of the Tournaments or
By giving courses or while taking
part in private parts?
While being made remunerate by a
It is sad of saying that in
France that does not have for the
moment anything changed
Not more pupils nor of proposal
but I do not despair
other hand, we already had
several contacts with Americans
to play sponsored.
The French Federation of Bridge
is very important with its
120.000 members and a large
Which are its top priority?
Which should they be?
Does the Federation put it works
all the means necessary of them
to help its champions?
To live bridge so that they can
be devoted to the competitions?
With their material and
psychological comfort at the time
of the Championships?
I believe it that its current
objective is to reach 120.000
members. But I am not convinced
that it gives itself the means of
the Federation does not do
ANYTHING for us!!!!!
The bridge of the elite does not
interest it or if little
think that it is an error: we are
supposed being the
window of our
federation and so that its rows
grow bigger, it is important that
we obtained results. It should
thus all implement to enable us
to involve itself peacefully
rather than to treat us as least
that nothing (I do not
The system of French bidding
proved reliable through your
course and that of other large
French players. It is however
called in question by some,
criticized, disputed. There are
all the levels of play among
gogosbridgeurs, like all the age
brackets. What you would say to
the young beginners, or to the
intermediaries which wish to
progress and which are lost a
little in front of these debates:
SEF or not SEF?
Don't you think only when one
plays in France it is preferable
to adopt the standard of his
country, leaves, then, when one
has a good control of it, to test
itself with other systems?
Your last sentence translates
perfectly my way of thinking:
when one built a house one must
make solid foundations if it is
wanted that it holds upright. The
bridge it is similar. The French
educational system is VERY GOOD.
And once it is controlled,
nothing prevents a player from
being directed towards an
artificial, semi system
artificial or naturalness but
with much more gadgets
Which is your best memory related
to the Bridge?
My first qualification in team of
France: during one week I felt on
The championship of Europe 2002
in Salsomaggiore, without
When your level was reached, that
one very gained, (23
international medals) which
hopes, which goal, which
objective does one still have?
To obtain a place in team of Open
Which regrets will keep you? (if
you have some)
The statute of woman in this
medium so much mysogine
You have a very in vain pseudo
emotion under which
the gogosbridgeurs know you:
What can you precisely say to us
on these emotions which cross
Dany: With the bridge?
You will have certainly evil to
believe in it but when I came on
BBO and still today if one asks
me to play I start to perspire
and I am submerged by the fear!
When I play an important
competition I tremble during all
the first gives, the trac also
exists with the bridge.
In your life?
I am somebody of entirety, I
laugh and I cry very easily and I
believe being reached of hyper
emotivity, that surely looks
after myself but I am happy like
that! I can also put myself in
anger rather easily I hate the
injustice, the meanness and the
Which (S) quality (S) seems
essential to you at a partner?
Which (S) defect (S) you hate
more at one partner?
Catherine: I do not support the
partners who play softened on the
chair the sunken shoulders
It is an attitude of looser .....
The PLAYER who you fascine more?
The PLAYER who you fascine more?
At the men, it is about a pair,
more than of a player: Zia
Mahmood and MichaŽl Rosenberg:
one for its creativity and the
other as analyst the pair does
not have in my opinion the
results which it deserves!
At the ladies, Judy SKINFLINT: by
its perspicacity and its speed of
Do you wish to tackle another
subject? Or statement something
of important that I didn't ask?
I once again make a point of
thanking all those which have us
and which continues to support us
by their messages of
congratulations, that made hot in
I thank you infinitely, in the
name of all impassioned bridge in
general and gogosbridgeurs in
particular, to have taken of your
time to better do to us to know
which is our Champion of the
World and to have delivered a
little you to us even.