Marc's Story

Marc Chawner started playing bridge as a teenager at Southend High School for Boys. His talent was spotted and it wasn't long before he was playing bridge all over Europe. In 1983 he won the Under 26 Championship Pairs.

Work and family life took over in the 1990s but with his partner, Paul Spencer, Marc continued to do well in the European and National Competitions including playing for England.

In recent years, Marc has been commissioned by Essex Bridge to help improve club play across the county. His seminar series and bootcamps are immensely popular and over-subscribed.

Bridge Buddy is Marc's way of sharing some of his thoughts with you.

Meet the Team



Buddy and Marc discuss every hand and seminar topic in detail on their daily walk.

When not advising Marc, Buddy supports Southend United Football Club.


Bridge Buddy

Grand Master, Marc Chawner, invents wonderful seminars to help club players learn and enjoy good bridge.

With enviable credentials, Marc gains immense satisfaction from teaching and helping his delegates improve.



Having run her own business for many years, Cath is the business side of Bridge Buddy.

Cath typifies the player Marc is trying to help and as such is hisĀ aide and guinea pig.



Playing for Malaysia in the 1970s, becoming an EBU qualified teacher in the 1980s & playing bridge for Essex in the 1990s, Ann has set up 7 bridge clubs and taught 1000s to play bridge. Ann was awarded the Good Friend of Essex Bridge in 2001.

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