Simon is an enthusiastic but moderate (his choice of word) player and, after working for IBM for 37 years, is devoting some of his retirement years to various aspects of the game. He was on the London Committee and organised the Lederer Memorial Invitation Tournament on their behalf for five years. He was vice-chairman of the EBU Selection Committee from 2008 to 2014. He has been NPC of the England Senior team five times, including their victory in the 2014 European Championships, and when they reached the quarter-final at the D'Orsi Trophy at the 2015 World Bridge Championships.
The name Cochemé is of French origin but Simon’s grandfather’s branch of the family became British because they lived in Mauritius. Simon was born in Malaya and, when on holiday there in 2003, was invited to play for them in their annual match against Singapore. If Malaysia had won, the score would have been included here.
He likes to go and watch World and European Championships. His wife has absolutely no interest in bridge, but is happy to accompany him if the championship is being held in an interesting place (Beijing, Verona, Istanbul – yes; Ostend – no).
Simon had two books, co-authored with David Bird, another ex-IBMer, published in the ‘90s, and now writes an informative (he says) and entertaining (he hopes) column for English Bridge.
His greatest achievement in Bridge is being runner-up (twice) in the annual Eric Rodwell look-alike contest.
Last updated: December 2014