|Teachers at WBC
Graham started teaching for the old Inner London Education Authority in the late seventies and after that body was abolished carried on teaching for an evening institute based in Balham. This continued in total for about twenty years. Since then he has run courses for Wimbledon Bridge Club - the longest lasting sixty weeks - but now specialises mainly in short courses.
India was first taught how to play Bridge by her grandfather at the age of 11 but began playing regularly at 18, when she joined the Cambridge University Bridge Club. This led to her joining the England Junior Squad in 2015 and making her international debut in the Junior European Pairs Championships in 2016, playing with Tommy Brass. She played in the same competition in 2018, this time with Ian Robson and Hanna Tuus.
Since graduating in Linguistics from Cambridge, she went on to do a two-year Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She quickly got involved in Swedish Bridge and played with members of the Swedish Junior Squad in the Swedish Junior Teams competition in 2016.
When not playing Bridge, India likes to go riding and learn languages. She combines her interests by translating lessons for a mobile bridge app, as well as doing more general translation work and teaching bridge.
Shahzaad was born in 1994. He took up bridge on Boxing Day in 2011 after being stranded at an airport with 3 players who needed to make up a foursome. He is currently a member of the U26 England squad in partnership with Ben Norton. Shahzaad has been teaching bridge for several years. Away from the table he is a keen (although not very good) rock-climber and enjoys running. He was winner of the Easter Festival London Teams for the Rixi Markus Cup in 2017