Under 26 Championship Pairs

Last updated 9th August 2017

This competition started life as an U35 event moving to U30 in 1960 moving to U30 in 1968 and becoming U26 by the early 1970s (sponsored from 1971 by Cutty Sark) until December 1980 after which it became U25 (and was sponsored by the Guardian)as an adaptation of the existing junior competition in recognition of the European Bridge League's definition of 'junior'. In 1982 and 1983 there was a competition for 'University Students', alongside a 'Schools' event. There was only one event from 1997. In 2016 it reverted to being called an Under 26 event in line with world bridge's new nomenclature.

The competition was originally a multi-venue 'simultaneous' event, before becoming a competition with regional qualifying rounds, prior to a final, usually held in London at Easter. The qualifying rounds were dropped in the mid-1990s with the 'final' open to all. In 2013 the event moved to being part of the Summer Meeting, held in August.

During the early years of the competition it was sponsored by The Guardian, and the National Bank of Dubai.

'Under 26s'

1960 Peter Swinnerton-Dyer & Albert Dormer
1961 Unknown
1962 M F Saunders and Jimmy Tait
1963 Raymond Brock & Irving Manning
1964 Unknown
1965 Unknown
1966 D Collins & AJ Wood jointly with
M Cragg & MJK Butler
1967 PA Harvey & J Williamson
1968 MJ Elliott & T Medcalf
1969 AR Armitage & BS Bottomley
1970 MJ Elliott & T Medcalf
1971 Phillip Alder & Ceri Evans
1972 Tony Clark & Steve Burton
1973 A Bullen & RE Standring
1974 David Kendrick & Mike Pomfrey
1975 Richard Fleet & Richard Granville
1976 MAM Davies & GE Osborne
1977 Brian Senior & Steve Ray
1978* Rodney Lighton & Gary Hyett
1979 Richard Fleet & Richard Granville
1980 Pat Shields & Paul Denning
1981 Ian Climie & David Parry
1982 Richard Winter & Sam Manavi
1983 Marc Chawner & M Josephs
1984 Gerald Tredinnick & R Smith
1985 Andrew Robson & Graham Hartley
1986 Unknown
1987 Neil Rosen & Derek Patterson
1988 SJ Day & JB Mitchell
1989 J Dean & G. Newman
1990 Amit Badiani & John Bolgar
1991 Ian Pagan & Harry Anoyrkatis
1992 Harry Anoyrkatis & Sally Dunsby (Anoyrkatis)
1993 Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett
1994 Paula Leslie & Suzanne Cohen
1995 Karl Shaw & Giles Woodruff
1996 Mark Bratley & Martin Jones
1997 Ed Foster & Matt Foster
1998 Jon Green & Graham Hazel
1999 Gareth Birdsall & Dan Faber
2000 Rachel Wade & Lior Zivan
2001 Andrew Peers & Julian Peers
2002 Leigh Chapman & Duncan Happer
2003 Ben Green & Duncan Happer
2004 Luke Porter & Adam Dickinson
2005 Susan Stockdale (Norton) & Dave Cropper
2006 Gyles Ellison & Myles Ellison
2007 Simon Cope & Ed Jones (picture)
2008 Tom Dessain & Dominic Maloney (picture)
2009 Tom Rainforth & Shivam Shah (picture)
2010 Joe Clacey & Emily Middleton (picture)
2011 Daniel McIntosh & James Paul (picture)
2012 Sarah O'Connor (Bell) & Sinéad Bird
2013 Basil Letts & Shivam Shah (picture)
2014 Shahzaad Natt & Chris Derrick (picture)
2015 Basil Letts & Sean Mekie (picture)
2016 Oliver Powell & Jon Derrick (picture)
2017 Ben Norton & Alex Roberts (picture)

To help fill in any details please contact peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk

* - the event was played in 1977