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The winners of the Swiss Pairs at the London Year

End Congress were Odin Svendsen & Espen

Erichsen. Sebastian Kristensen & Peter Taylor

came second, Dean Mortlock & Andrew Collins

and Jeremy Dhondy & Richard Hillman were in

joint third place.

The Swiss Teams was tightly contested with the

team of Tom Townsend, Thor Erik Hoftaniska,

(not pircured

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IMPs with one board remaining, then conducted

another excellent auction to a decent slam that

failed. Indonesia played in game, won 11 IMPs, and

reached the Olympiad final.

Had Denmark missed the grand slam on the

penultimate deal they would have won only 12

IMPs and apparently led by seven while actually

ahead by two. Their supporters would still have

cheered, but this would have been ambiguous to the

players because it might have meant that Indonesia

had gained by bidding and making seven in the

other room. In those circumstances the Danish

South would still have been on his mettle for the

final board, and Denmark rather than Indonesia

would have survived. But, as a Greek rather than an

English tragedian observed, from ills given by the

Gods there is no escape. r

Team Hinden, comprising Barry Myers, Sally

Brock, Fiona Brown, Michael Byrne, Frances

Hinden & Graham Osborne (pictured) won the

trials held in early December to represent England

at the European Mixed Teams Championships in

Lisbon in February. Four teams qualified for the

final from an initial 16-team trial played in

September. Both of Hinden team's matches were

conceded after 48 of the scheduled 64 boards.

MIXED TEAM TRIALS

The Mossop team won the Senior Trials which

took place in mid-December, and will be

representing England in the Teltscher Trophy in

April. The team of David Mossop (not pictured),

Brian Senior, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett and

John Holland finished undefeated, with the

Penfold team close behind.

SENIOR TELTSCHER TRIALS

LONDON YEAR END

At the Year End Congress in Blackpool between

Christmas and New Year, Alan Mould & John

Holland regained the Swiss Pairs title, which they

narrowly lost last year after winning for three

consecutive years from 2014 to 2016. They

finished on 140 VPs from their ten matches. Sue

Woodcock & Nick Woodcock came second, and

just 1 VP behind was third-placed Martin Kuriger

& Hongyan Cao.

The Swiss Teams was won by returning

champions Sue Woodcock, Nick Woodcock (both

for the fourth time), Stuart Clarke & Susan Fjortoft

(both for the second time). They pipped the team

of Bernard Goldenfield, Rhonda Goldenfield, Kath

Nelson and Alan Nelson by just 2 VPs.

The Mixed Pairs competition was won by Alan

Nelson & Kath Nelson. John Councer & Susan

Sharp were a close second. In joint third place was

Nick Hunter & Ruby Schnalke and David

Harrison & Jill Rushton.

BLACKPOOL YEAR END

Janet De Botton and Artur Malinowski triumphing

just 1VP ahead of second-placed team Jacek

Lapszys, Sandy Riach, Paul Spencer and Marc

Chawner.

The Open Pairs was won by Ben Green &

Ankush Khandelwal, narrowly ahead of Madelaine

Sheldon & Jacqui Tobias. The Mixed Pairs was won

by Paula Hopkinson & Dick Davey, just ahead of

Michael Byrne & Sarah Bell.

The new Jack High Swiss Pairs was won by Steve

Langridge & Jacqueline Collier. Two pairs tied for

second place - Geoffrey Chapman & Nick

McCarthy and Mustapha Rahaman & John

George.

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