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Simon Stocken
Simon Stocken
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Member Since
Nov. 27, 2015
Last Seen
April 1
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
about me

I've been a bridge teacher most of my life, the first of my family to choose it as a profession. Now all three siblings and both parents are also bridge-teachers. I helped Andrew Robson establish his club on the Fulham Road in London in 1995 after working with him at the Acol Bridge club in West Hampstead. I met Andrew while in the England U25 squad partnering both my brothers in turn and then after completing my studies (or not...) at Oxford I knocked on the door of The London School of Bridge and landed a job gambling with grannies at the rubber bridge table before leaving to work full-time with Andrew at the Acol club. My travels to India also began at that time and now I am discovering bridge playing and bridge teaching in India.

I am the sole employee of the David Davenport Trust - a charitable foundation dedicated to bringing bridge into schools and to teaching the game to children. I have some radical ideas on how this might be achieved. David Davenport was born in India so it seems fitting that "Bridging the World" should be gaining traction there. Last year (2017) I also travelled to Botswana where bridge is offered in nearly 100 schools. I will be going back there in spring of 2018 and back to South Africa too where there is great interest and enthusiasm for youth bridge.

I have attended three NABCs (Phoenix 2003, Vegas 2014 and Toronto 2017) - I am currently finishing up a deportation order from the USA after overstaying my visa when I married my American wife, so my next NABC will likely be 2020.

I am also a writer, juggler and a maker of bespoke wooden jigsaw puzzles.


United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing two hands against Omar Sharif at the Park Lane Hotel as a young boy. Honours even. Playing Team Monaco in 2014 Vanderbilt (lost 100-150 with a first-time partner)
Bridge Accomplishments
U25 England squad.
Regular Bridge Partners
Never really had one. My brothers occasionally
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Not so much
Favorite Tournaments
NABCs - Reisinger especially
Favorite Conventions
2-way 2C opener. The Pirate Club.
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Keep Bridge Alive in the USA
Thank you Chris Thank you for asserting the need for positivity. We are all striving for the same goal I have met Samantha earlier this year and have been twice up to Stirling to find out more. I am the sole employee of The David Davenport Trust. David died and ...
What’s the Point of Keep Bridge Alive?
I forget the exact numbers. Typically a team would receive 6 for a gold/silver/bronze - 1 for each member. I think 4 categories (juniors, youngsters, girls, kids) and then pairs, teams and teams BAM so twelve events with 3 medals available in each. 144 possible medals in Pairs and ...
What’s the Point of Keep Bridge Alive?
Please Keep up this important work. I am keen to see a research project initiated that provides the benefit of teaching bridge in schools and to children. In 2001 a study was done in Iowa, "Statistically Speaking" and it is much quoted to confirm what we already know. Bridge is ...
The Best Bridge Writer
Harrison-Gray's Country Life Book of Bridge (original hardback edition) - Richard I found this book when i attended my first National (I've only been to 3) back in 2003 or so in Phoenix. In a second hand book store. It's a great book but not my favourite - Adventures ...
Fist-Pumping Declarers
The lead on the first hand is standard 4th best
Hand evaluation question
Doug perhaps with 4 hearts there is less chance of side suits that can provide length winners.
What is your opening bid and why?
It's easy in any bidding system - it's too big for a strong NT.
What Steve said. Just can't engage with this
The Unusual 2NT scores another own goal. Without it you might well decide to play for 4-3 diamonds
Simon Stocken's bidding problem: AK86543 J4 A64 3

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