Stocken Bridge

I had my first bridge lesson with Zeb aged 10, and since then I've become obsessed! I download every app and practise at home so I can show off when I see him! He never puts you on the spot or makes you feel under pressure – it's just pure fun. Florence Brundenell–Bruce

About Stocken Bridge

Stocken Bridge was founded in 2001 by Zeb Stocken. Zeb comes from a family of bridge players, who all play and teach regularly. Along with his two brothers and sister, he was taught bridge from an early age by their parents, Dinah and Peter, who met at university playing bridge. They were soon all playing competitive bridge at club, county and national level.

Twenty or so years on, Peter has served out two successful tenures as Chairman of the English Bridge Union helping to bring about sweeping changes to the way Bridge is run in this country. Meanwhile, all three sons now make their full–time living as Bridge professionals.

Zeb is the youngest and started playing at 6 years old. Having played competitively through his teens, he partnered with his brother Simon in the British junior squad, gaining successes in many national tournaments and reaching the rank of National Master. After completing a Classics degree at Bristol University, Zeb joined the Andrew Robson Bridge Club in 1996. During his five years as Director and teacher at the ARBC, Zeb also collaborated on Andrew Robson's teaching series, designing charts and diagrams that helped bring the notes to life. Zeb left the ARBC in 2001 to set up Stocken Bridge.

The Stocken Bridge ethos is that Bridge is a game and a game is for enjoyment. Despite being a complex game – Bridge can be equally enjoyed by beginners or experts alike. Stocken Bridge aims to demystify the game, making it fun and accessible for all ages – with interactive classes focussing on ‘learn as you play’.

Bridge has had a reputation as a stuffy game or as a game for ‘old people’. Stocken Bridge debunks this myth having taught Bridge to all ages – from 8 to 88. The sooner you start playing, the sooner you will find out why Bridge is the king of card–games!