Born: Colchester , June 1949
Educated: Sevenoaks School and Pembroke College , Cambridge .
I first encountered Bridge during one of our sixth form lunchtime card schools when a mate suggested we try it because he'd seen his parents play. When we asked what was needed to play it we got the answer "three people and a dummy".
I rapidly fell in love with the game and studied it fanatically but didn't play seriously until I met up with a bunch of players from Essex University, including one David Stevenson (of Laws and Ethics fame), whilst I was at Cambridge. Eventually I formed the first of my several serious partnerships with Christopher Duckworth and we played the Common Market and European Championships together in 1983.
Chris retired from Bridge around 1987 and I subsequently played for a while with David Burn, Peter Czerniewski, the late Lionel Wright and Tom Townsend enjoying regular major domestic success with each of them and playing Camrose with all bar Lionel. All of this took place whilst enjoying a successful career in the insurance industry from which I have now retired and for the past few years have mixed professional bridge play with consultancy work and, latterly, investment research. My latest partnership, with Colin Simpson, is proving to be perhaps the most successful of all given our result in the European Championships in Malmo. The Bermuda Bowl in Estoril will be the highlight of my bridge career.
I have a wonderful wife, Jenny, who is fully supportive of my bridge activities, three cats and a beautiful Golden Retriever puppy. When time permits I love to cook, play guitar and listen to music.
Read David's Top Table interview from October 2014 here
Since writing this biography, David was part of the England team which reached the quarter-finals of the D'Orsi Trophy at the 2015 World Bridge Championships, and he won the 2015 Premier League and 2016 Crockfords Cup. He was also part of the successful 2016 Camrose Trophy team, playing with Colin Simpson. He has also acted as NPC of the Open Team at the 2016 European Championships.
Last updated: September 2016
Major International Appearances
European Championships: 1983 2004 and 2006
Bermuda Bowl: 2005
Senior European Championships: 2008 2010 2012 and 2014*
D'Orsi Bowl: 2009* and 2015
Senior World Oympiad: 2008 and 2012
* = 1st place
Camrose Trophy Selections: 1983 1989 1996 1999 2004 2005 2006 and 2016
Teltscher Trophy Selections: 2009^ 2010^ 2011 2012 and 2013
Crockfords Cup Winner: 1997 1999 2001 2014 and 2016
Premier League: 2015
Spring Foursomes Winner: 1985 and 1997
Brighton Pairs, Harold Poster Cup Winner: 1989 and 1990
Brighton Four Stars Teams Winner: 1985 1995 and 1997
Tollemache Cup winner: 1983 1984 1988 1991 1995 1996 2003 2004 2005 and 2006
Player of the Year Championship: 2015/16 - 6th=
^ - selections for GB/Patron's team