Andrew Robson

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Andrew Robson OBE
Occupation Bridge player and writer
Language English
Nationality British
Genres Non-fiction - contract bridge

Andrew Michael Robson OBE (born 1964) is an English professional[1] bridge player, writer and teacher. He is a British and English international.[2] Robson is the bridge columnist for The Times and Country Life.[3] Robson was a member of the Great Britain Juniors team which won the World Youth Team Championship in 1989 and of the Great Britain Open team which won the European Open Teams Championship in 1991.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Robson attended Abingdon School as a dayboy in Randolph House from 1977 to 1982. He obtained a BSc at the University of Bristol in 1985, and a Cert Ed the following year.[5]

In 2001 he suffered serious injuries when he slipped on ice when hill-walking in the Lake District and fell thirty feet. He broke many bones, spent two months in hospital and was in a wheelchair for much longer. Robson was able to return to the bridge table five months after the accident, the speed of his recovery astonishing his doctors. As a result he received the International Bridge Press Association (IBPA) Sportmanship Award in 2001 "for his spectacular recovery from adversity".[6]

He is married and has two daughters.[7]

Bridge career[edit]

As well as winning the World Youth Team Championship in 1989 Robson was also a member of the team which won the junior Common Market Championship the same year, on both occasions partnering John Pottage.[7]

On turning 25, later that year, he was no longer eligible for junior events, and Tony Forrester proposed that they should form a partnership. This lasted for seven years and was highly successful. They were part of the team which won the European Open Championship in 1991, and amongst the pairs events which they won were the prestigious Cap Gemini and Sunday Times-Macallan.[7]

Since his partnership with Forrester broke up, Robson has played on a number of occasions with Zia Mahmood, with whom he won the Cap Gemini two more times. He has also partnered David Bakhshi, with whom he won the Gold Cup in 2002, and most recently Alexander Allfrey, who was a teammate when he won the Gold Cup a second time in 2004. Robson has since had four further wins in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.[8] He has also played a large amount in the United States, partnering Rita Shugart. In 1998 he was the first Briton, with teammate Forrester, to win a prestigious US Major, the Reisinger, and the same squad won the event a second time the following year.[9]

As well as his daily column in The Times, Robson writes a column for the monthly magazine Country Life. In the past he has also written for The Oldie, The Spectator and the Express on Sunday.[10]

In addition to the books that Robson has written (see Bibliography below), in 2008 he produced a DVD entitled Play Modern Bridge, and he is also responsible for five instructional CDs.[11][12]

He opened his own bridge club, The Andrew Robson Bridge Club, in London in 1995.[13]

Robson has put his training as a schoolteacher to good use by heading many instructional seminars around the UK, as well as hosting master classes and charity bridge events and teaching at his club.[7]

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to bridge and charity.[14] Later the same year he was the joint winner of Personality of the Year at the International Bridge Press Association's annual awards, together with Holland's Bauke Muller.[15]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Robson, Andrew; Segal, Oliver (1993). Partnership Bidding at Bridge/The Contested Auction. London: Faber & Faber. p. 408. ISBN 978-0-571-16432-5. OCLC 29357782.  — (1993) Los Alamitos, CA: C&T Bridge Supplies, pp. 408. ISBN 978-0-9628297-3-4 OCLC 32361687.
  • Robson, Andrew (2005). Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. London: Times Books. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-00-720410-6. OCLC 271857261. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2006). Bridge Lessons: Double. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 40. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2006). Bridge Lessons: Finesse. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-9552942-2-8. OCLC 713600273. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2006). Bridge Lessons: Opening Lead. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 40. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2006). Bridge Lessons: Overcall. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-9552942-1-1. OCLC 713600272. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2006). Bridge Lessons: Slam. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 50. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2006). Bridge Lessons: Stayman and Transfer. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-9552942-4-2. OCLC 713600275. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2006). Bridge Lessons: Weak Two. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-9552942-3-5. OCLC 713600274. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2007). Bridge Lessons: Endplay and Squeezes. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 40. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2007). Bridge Lessons: Signal and Discard. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 40. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2008). Bridge Lessons: Bidding as Opener. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 43. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2008). Bridge Lessons: Responder and Fourth Suit Forcing. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 50. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2007). Bridge Secrets. London: HarperCollins Publishers. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-00-724939-8. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2009). Bridge: What Should Have Happened. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-9557818-5-8. OCLC 631458130. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2008). Need to Know?/Bridge. London: Collins. p. 191. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2007 and 2009). Essential Bridge Flipper. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 26. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2007). Beginner Bridge Flipper. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 26. 
  • Robson, Andrew (2010). Bridge Lessons: Defence. London: Andrew Robson Bridge Club. p. 64. ISBN 978-0955781889. OCLC 271857261. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Francis, Henry G., Editor-in-Chief; Truscott, Alan F., Executive Editor; Francis, Dorthy A., Editor, Sixth Edition (2001). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (6th ed.). Memphis, TN: American Contract Bridge League. pp. 826 (plus 60 page Bibliography). ISBN 0-943855-44-6. OCLC 49606900.  Page 721.
  2. ^ Phillip Alder (16 December 2009). "Pointers for a Favorite Player, in Books or 365 Days a Year". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Alan Truscott (19 March 2001). "Pointers for a Favorite Player, in Books or 365 Days a Year". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  4. ^ World Bridge Federation people finder Retrieved 4 August 2011
  5. ^ Nonsuch, the University of Bristol Magazine, Spring 2006, page 12 Retrieved 4 August 2011
  6. ^ 2001 IBPA Awards Retrieved 4 August 2011
  7. ^ a b c d EBU site profile of Andrew Robson Retrieved 4 August 2011
  8. ^ "Most Gold Cup Wins". Bridge Great Britain. Retrieved 17 Dec 2013. 
  9. ^ 81st Fall North American Bridge Championships Daily Bulletin, Number 8, p11. Retrieved 7 August 2011
  10. ^ About Andy Robson Retrieved 4 August 2011
  11. ^ Amazon UK entry for Play Modern Bridge DVD Retrieved 5 August 2011
  12. ^ Amazon UK entry for Andrew Robson CDs Retrieved 5 August 2011
  13. ^ Andrew Robson Bridge Club Retrieved 5 August 2011
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 13. 29 December 2012.
  15. ^ Daily Telegraph, "Bridge News", 27 September 2013, p34.

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