Tony Forrester

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Tony Forrester
Tony Forrester - English Team (14349485609).jpg
OccupationBridge player and writer
GenreNon-fiction – contract bridge

Anthony R. (Tony) Forrester (born 1953) is an English bridge player and writer.[1] He is a British and English international and a World Bridge Federation World International Master.[2] Forrester was a bridge columnist for The Daily Telegraph from 1993 until 2019 and for The Sunday Telegraph from 1996 until 2019.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Forrester was brought up in West Yorkshire. He is married to Diana, and they live in Herefordshire.[5]

International honours[edit]

Forrester won the European Youth Team Championship in 1978 and the European Team Championship in 1991.[2] The European Team Championship win was in partnership with Andrew Robson, with whom he played for seven years. The pair also won the Cap Gemini and the Sunday Times-Macallan. Since that time he was regarded, by the English Bridge Union, as England's number one player.[6]

Playing for Rita Shugart's team, in 1998 he was the first Briton, with teammate Robson, to win a prestigious US Major, the Reisinger, and the same squad won the event a second time the following year.[7] Forrester has won the US Board-a-Match Teams on two occasions, 1999 and 2013.

In 2014 he and Robson revived their partnership, and played together as part of the England team in that year's European Open Championship. The team finished second, thereby winning the silver medal and qualifying for the finals of the 2015 World Championships.[8]

With 43 caps for England in the Camrose Trophy, Forrester is Britain's most capped player.[citation needed]

Domestic honours[edit]

Forrester has won the Gold Cup, the premier British teams competition, 14 times: in 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019, putting him first in the all-time list.[9][10] He won the Spring Foursomes in 1983, 1996, 1999, 2009, 2016, 2017 and 2018.[11] His seven victories represent an all-time record.[citation needed] He has won the Crockfords Cup (English Teams of Four Championship) a record ten times: 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2012 and 2019 [11] He has won the Premier League on seven occasions.[11]

In 2010, he won the Brighton Four Stars A Final, with teammates Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson and Peter Crouch.[12]

In 2015 he was one of the first two winners of the English Bridge Union's Diamond Award, introduced to recognise players who have "represented England (and earlier Great Britain) with distinction over a long period".[13]


  • Forrester, Tony (1993). Secrets of Success (Faber Bridge Books). London: Faber and Faber.
  • Forrester, Tony; Senior, Brian (1994). Over Your Shoulder: Learn from the Experts. Batsford Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7134-7638-5.
  • Forrester, Tony (1994). Play Bridge at Home (Daily Telegraph). Batsford Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7134-7646-0.
  • Forrester, Tony (1995). "Daily Telegraph" Improve Your Bridge at Home (Batsford Bridge). Batsford Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7134-7779-5.
  • Forrester, Tony (1996). "Daily Telegraph" Winning Bridge at Home (Batsford Bridge). Batsford Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7134-7780-1.
  • Forrester, Tony (1997). The Bridge Player's Bedside Book. R&L Yeatman. ISBN 978-0-905899-61-9.
  • Forrester, Tony; Bird, David (1997). Secrets of Expert Cardplay. Batsford Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7134-8281-2.
  • Forrester, Tony (1998). Vintage Forrester: Selected Writings from the "Daily Telegraph" (A Batsford bridge book). Batsford Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7134-8292-8
  • Forrester, Tony; Bird, David (1999). Secrets of Expert Defence. Batsford Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7134-8330-7.


  1. ^ Francis, Henry G.; Truscott, Alan F.; Francis, eds. (2001). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (6th ed.). Memphis, TN: American Contract Bridge League. p. 644. ISBN 0-943855-44-6. OCLC 49606900.
  2. ^ a b "Tony Forrester England". World Bridge Federation. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Forrester, Tony". The Bridge Shop. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Bridge Hand". Daily Telegraph. 23 August 2019. p. 28.
  5. ^ Parker, Olivia (17 September 2013). "My perfect weekend: Tony Forrester, Telegraph bridge columnist". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Andrew Robson". English Bridge Union. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  7. ^ 81st Fall North American Bridge Championships Daily Bulletin, Number 8, p11. Archived 16 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 August 2011
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph, "Bridge News", 3 July 2014, p28.
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph, page 26, "Bridge Hand", 21 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Most Gold Cup Wins" (PDF). Bridge Great Britain. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "Tony Forrester". English Bridge Union. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Brighton 2010 results". English Bridge Union. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  13. ^ English Bridge, April 2015, p5.

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