Simon Barb

I cut my bridge-playing teeth at the home of Pat Husband in Chorleywood while also playing extensively at Cambridge University, where I read Mathematics and Economics. I continued to play bridge post-graduation, during which time I was also a regular contributor to numerous bridge publications (including a period as Editor of the London CBA Newsletter) and was on the fringes of the 'Cambridge set' of aspiring youth players of the time. I moved abroad as part of my professional career in 1988 and subsequently played briefly in Australia, representing Victoria as an under-30.

After over twelve years living in the USA, Japan and Hong Kong, working within general management for large multi-nationals, I resettled with my young family in France, where I completed a degree in Japanese Language at Paris University before setting up my own specialist consultancy business.

Returning to England and the card table in 2010, I have since concentrated on playing locally and supporting development of bridge in Cambs & Hunts, although I have also enjoyed playing at congresses in both England and France.

A great lover of food and wine, I derive a strange pleasure from punishing myself on the tennis court and cycling distances on the flat roads of East Anglia. When lounging at home, I enjoy listening to music ranging from Lily Allen to Franz Schubert, or catching up on episodes of Montalbano and House of Cards in the company of my two cats, named Jon Snow & Ygritte.

Last updated: February 2014