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Alex Pemberton

One of our youngest members, Alex has played bridge for four years and regularly at the Acol for about two years. Partnering with his father John, they usually play at weekend and sometimes mid-week sessions during school holidays.

Why did you start? Where did you learn to play?

I was very much encouraged by my father to start and to get me going. I went to the junior teach in at Loughborough University where I played my first ever duplicate.

What do you enjoy most about the game?

I love to play bridge with my friends and my dad but what I love most is the maths, it is my absolute favourite subject.

Who do you partner with? Who makes the most mistakes?

I nearly always partner with my dad and sometimes other juniors. With my dad it is me that makes the most mistakes (and the worst mistakes), but I think that gradually the difference is becoming less.

Rumour has it you’re a great player – have you played in any tournaments? Do you want to play professionally when you are older?

Well I hope I am a reasonable player for my age. I have played in tournaments at the Loughborough junior teach-in, the Year-End congress, and Coventry – and really enjoyed them. I am not sure if I would like to be a professional when I’m older but I think it is really nice that bridge is something I can turn to enjoy – and who knows.

Would you recommend other young people learn to play bridge? If so, why?

I would certainly recommend bridge to younger people especially if they enjoy maths; bridge is just so much fun. I would suggest it because even though some people would say bridge is not a very social game, I don’t think so. I meet 16+ people every time I play and if that’s not a social game: I don’t know what is.

What school do you go to? What are your favourite subjects?

I go to North Bridge House school and am in my last year - next year I start at UCS. Aside from maths my favourite subject is sport – especially cricket and cross-country.

What do you want to be once you have finished studying?

I really don’t know but I definitely want to be doing something mathsy.

Do you have any other activities aside from bridge?

Yes, I play cricket for my borough and I play in a club - I am a wicket keeper. I play rugby and football for the school and run cross-country. I also like skiing and this year started snow boarding which was great. In my downtime, I like playing computer games such as Plants vs. Zombies.

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