2020 – Allfrey (Holders)

L-R: Ed Jones, Andrew Robson, Alex Allfrey, Tom Paske

This is the same lineup that won the Lederer in 2019 and bronze at 2018 World Bridge Open Teams.

Alexander Allfrey has been Andrew Robson’s regular partner for over 12 years. He has won several national trophies including the Gold Cup, Spring 4s, Premier League and Crockfords, and has frequently played for England in the Camrose. He has also played for England in the World Mind Sports Games in Lille 2012 and again in the World Team Championships in Bali 2013, reaching the quarter-finals. More recently he has won Bronze with this Lederer team in the World Bridge Series Open Teams 2018 in Orlando. Alexander is a psychotherapist and lives in Dorset with his wife and five children.

Ed Jones is from Leicestershire originally, though now lives in London working as a software engineer. He came through the junior ranks with mixed success, the zenith of which was a Silver Medal in the U21s World Championships in Beijing in 2008, partnering Tom Paske. In 2019 he won the Spring Fours and Crockfords. International performances of note include winning the 2019 European Open Championship and getting a Bronze medal in the Rosenblum in Orlando in 2018.

Tom Paske is a young bridge player and is known in the bridge world as ‘Mini Paske’ (from when his older brother used to play). He already has many domestic and international successes. His 2019 victories alone include the European Open Teams Championship, the Spring Fours and Crockfords. He won a Bronze medal in the Rosenblum in Orlando in 2018 with this current lineup.

Andrew Robson Playing with Allfrey and Forrester, Andrew has won countless domestic events, including the Gold Cup in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Premier League in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and the Spring Fours in 1996, 2009 and 2016. He has also enjoyed major international success including the European gold in 1991 and bronze in 2014, and fourth in the 2015 Bermuda Bowl. Andrew and Alexander were joint winners of the EBU’s Player of the Year in 2016. Playing with David Gold he recently won the English Open Trials and will play on the Open team in the upcoming European Championships.

Playing is only part of Andrew’s life in bridge – he writes daily for The Times and weekly for Country Life and Money Week. He runs the famous Andrew Robson Bridge Club in South West London where he teaches. He also travels the country teaching charity bridge days and master classes. Andrew was awarded the OBE for services to Bridge and Charity in the 2013 Honours List. See Andrew’s EBU profile.