Paul Lamford

I learned to play in Haverfordwest Grammar School in Wales, and recall passing an Acol 2C in my first duplicate. The virgin +90 on our side was undeserved. After that I mainly played chess for many years, and competed in four Olympiads and other team events in some exotic places; it was an advantage to be Welsh as I would not have been selected for England. Bridge and backgammon gradually replaced chess, and the former is now my game (or mindsport) of choice, partly because my partner at the table and in life, Stefanie Rohan also plays and has represented England Women. From time to time I return to backgammon, which Stefanie also plays, and I won the British Championship a couple of times. I also dabbled with poker and reached the final stages of the World Series a few years ago.

Bridge successes have been few, with the Men's Pairs Championship, a couple of Tollemache Cups, the Eastbourne Bowl, the Singapore Pairs Championship and Monte Carlo Pairs Championship the only significant ones. I had a regular partnership for some years with Paul Fegarty, who has recently played for England, and I have played occasionally with Nigel Freake, David Kendrick, Willie Whittaker and the late Bob Brinig, all fine players. I also had the pleasure of a weekend partnering Tom Townsend when (or probably because) London only had eight fit players.

Away from the bridge table, I compile sports odds, design computer games, and enjoy travel, classical music (and my partner Stefanie's concerts), and all sport, particularly horse-racing and football, games and puzzles. I have written a dozen books on games, including a couple on bridge, and have also provided puzzles for The Times and Radio 4.

In July 2014 Paul was part of the England team which won the Chairman's Cup - the primary open teams event run by the Swedish Bridge Federation

Last updated: July 2014

Tollemache Cup: 2017