Thomas Bradkin

Thomas is 14 years old and attends Eton College. He started learning how to play bridge when he was 7 years old on a family vacation when he was roped in to be a family fourth by his elder brother, Andrew. Thomas took bridge lessons at Westminster Under School with Heather Sanderson (Bakhshi) and began playing for the U16 team in 2020.

Since then, Thomas has played many international matches for the English U16 team under Giorgio Provenza and Alan Shillitoe, including going to the World Youth Transnational Bridge Championships in Salsomaggiore, Italy in 2022 where he was awarded the Bronze medal in the individual competition. Thomas was part of the England U21 team that won the Peggy Bayer Cup in Manchester, February 2023. Thomas’ team won the Harry Scully cup in 2022, and he partners his brother Andrew at Eton which won the Lord’s Trophy undefeated against UK Schools in 2023.

Thomas partnered with Andrew and came in second place in the Scottish Junior National Pairs, June 2020. In February 2021, Thomas and Andrew finished second nationally in the EBU Master Pairs Adult competition. They scored the most match points overall and won the Richmond Club Regional. The pair also finished second nationally in the 2023 EBU Master Pairs Adult Competition and won the Somerset Club Regional.

Thomas and Andrew were referenced by EBU CEO Gordon Rainsford in a story about playing bridge during lockdown by BBC Radio Kent in January 2021.

When not playing bridge, Thomas plays cricket, rackets, football, chess and baseball. He is passionate about history, Latin and classic films.

Junior Selections:

Leszek Nowak Memorial Trophy: 2020 (U16)
Peggy Bayer Cup: 2023 (U21)
World Youth Team Championships: 2023 (U16)
Channel Trophy: 2021 (U16)