2023 – Periculo

Periculo: (l-r) Andrew Robson, Patrick Lawrence, Alexander Allfrey, Oliver Lawrence

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.

Oliver Lawrence is a 32 year old barrister who enjoys the game. His bridge CV includes one or two victories at the Friday Evening Duplicate at the Young Chelsea, where he can be found playing with his father from time to time. This is his first appearance in the Lederer – he is hoping to execute a few finesses and have a good time.

Patrick Lawrence is a barrister when he is not playing bridge. He used to play rubber bridge for money at the Portland, but now he mostly plays competitive bridge with his son Oliver which is more hazardous. Their partnership has, though, lasted longer than the partnership of the leading Greek father and son pair whose surname was Rex.

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 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.