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Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

1927 - 2018

Peter Swinnerton-Dyer was an

international bridge player,

representing Britain twice in

the European Open teams

championship - including, in

1953, with Dimmie Fleming (the only time a

woman played on the British Open team) when

they came second. He also competed in the

Camrose five times. He won Crockfords in both

1953 and 1954, the Gold Cup in 1963 and the

Tollemache Trophy in 1963, playing for Middlesex.

The following (possibly apocryphal) story is

attributed to him, 'At a tournament, Peter called

over the referee and told him formally that he was

deliberately bidding 8®. He had calculated that he

would lose less going down than letting his

opponents make their grand slam. At that time the

referee was forced to accept the impossible bid'. The

rules were subsequently changed.

He was a very distinguished mathematician and

successful in academia, becoming vice-chancellor

of Cambridge University from 1979 to 1981. He

was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967 and

made a KBE in 1987.

Maurice Esterson

1929 - 2018

Maurice Esterson was an

England international player

in the 1960s and 70s, and

continued playing high-stakes

rubber bridge throughout his

life. He won the Gold Cup twice, in 1972 and 1974,

the Crockfords Cup in 1971 and 1977, the

Eastbourne Bowl in 1979, the National Pairs in

1968 and competed for England in the Camrose

three times in 1968, 1970 and 1974.

Occasional partner Tom Townsend writes with

great affection, 'Maurice liked chicken soup,

chopped liver, Matzso crackers and variable notrump,

which he was prone to forget at not

inconsiderable expense to our partnership. When

he gave me a sub-standard dummy he'd say 'It's not

all chopped liver'. He liked Goulash bridge and

would twist my arm to play it. He was such a nice

chap I could never refuse.'

The National Interclub Knockout has been

retained by Tunbridge Wells A. Jeremy Willans,

Andrew Cairns, Norman Selway, Espen Erichsen

and Helen Erichsen (pictured) defeated Young

Chelsea 1 by 105 IMPs to 72 in the final.

TUNBRIDGE 'A' RETAINS NICKO

The NICKO Plate - for teams losing in the early

rounds of the National Inter Club Knock Out -

has been won by Welwyn Garden City E. The team

comprised Jonathan Osgood, Sally Bennett,

Simon Mostyn and Piers Fuller (pictured) who

beat British Rail A in a tight final. Anthony

Golding and Francis Morton played for Welwyn

Garden City E in earlier rounds of the

competition.

WELWYN GARDEN CITY WINS PLATE

The Online Knockout Plate for 2018 has been won

by the team of John Atthey, Claire Robinson, Tony

Hill and Alan Wearmouth. They beat the team of

Ambrose Holmes-Mackie, Stefano Tommasini,

Shahzaad Natt, Kiril Delev, Ankush Khandelwal

and Alexandra Birchall by 18 IMPs in the final at

the end of November.

ONLINE KNOCK-OUT PLATE

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