Jack Stocken has established himself as one of the country’s foremost bridge teachers; renowned for his patience, clarification of teaching and most important of all, making bridge a fun game to learn. Jack started teaching bridge in 1999 at The Andrew Robson Bridge Club where he worked as the club’s manager for seven years. He returned to his native Yorkshire in 2006 where he started “Yorkshire Bridge” and now has regular classes in Harrogate and Helmsley. Jack also teaches groups at private houses and has taught in several other counties. His bridge teaching is in the same style as at the London Club, with an emphasis on creating a friendly atmosphere and enjoyment of the game. In 2013 he was featured in a two page spread in The Yorkshire Post magazine – click here to read. Or view a PDF here
Jack, and his wife Annabel, run Andrew Robson Bridge Holidays which include ski trips, summer holidays, European midweek breaks and bridge weekends on the South coast. The hotels are always 4* or 5* and past locations include Lake Garda, Sicily, Malta, Dubrovnik, Prague, Bruges and for skiers, Oberlech, Klosters, Zermatt and Wengen. Jack is joined on these holidays by Lorna Heaton from The Andrew Robson Bridge Club and/or his mother, Dinah, both accomplished bridge teachers/players with many years experience of running bridge holidays. Visit the website www.andrewrobsonbridgeholidays.co.uk
In September 2014 Jack was appointed the bridge columnist for the Yorkshire Post newspaper. Read his weekly column in the Saturday Magazine on the penultimate page. The column is aimed at Intermediate and Improver level – please email him with any interesting hands firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack was taught bridge by his father, Peter, as a child along with his two brothers, Simon and Zeb and his sister Claudia. It was not until their teenage years that they started playing Duplicate at the local club and were soon playing in tournaments as a family all over England. He was a member of the English Junior Squad and has also represented Yorkshire. He has won several tournaments including the prestigious Year End Swiss Pairs with his father Peter, and in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014 the Yorkshire Masters Pairs with Phil Godfrey. He also enjoys playing bridge with Bill Townsend, former bridge columnist of the Yorkshire Post, winning the Leeds Swiss Pairs in 2012 and 2018 and the English Bridge Union’s Harrogate Spring Congress Swiss Pairs in 2016.
Jack is married to Annabel and they have two young children. In his spare time, Jack likes playing golf and enjoying time with his family.