John Holland tops Master Point list again

Congratulations to John Holland who has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year for the fourth time.

John, who also won this award in 2009, 2012 and 2013, gained a total of 28,824 points in 2014. Ed Scerri, highest points earner in 2010 and 2011, was second with 24,510 points. Derek Oram was third with 23,665 (just 62 points ahead of Celia Oram).

John Durden remains atop the all-time list of Master Point winners, though Derek has reduced his lead to around 74,000.

In the Gold Point ranking list David Gold (perhaps suitably) reclaimed top spot with 102.48 points. John Holland is second, with 100.60, and both are well clear of the rest of the list. Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester and Alexander Allfrey complete the top five. Gold points are awarded for any performance in a single event which merits an award of 5 Green Points or more. Gold Points devalue at the rate of 20% of their original value per annum (so, after 5 years, any Gold Point award has devalued down to zero) so are often used as an indicator of current form.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club. The winner was Chris Chowney of Ross-on-Wye Bridge Club who receives £400. David Brace of Hutton Duplicate Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and John Copson of Afternoon Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third.

The full Master Point lists for 2014, including a breakdown by county, can be accessed below.