Burgess & Bakhshi win Championship Pairs at Easter Festival

David Bakhshi & Ollie Burgess (pictured) won the Guardian Trophy for the Championship Pairs at the Easter Festival in London. They finished on 59.35% with Tom Dessain & Tugrul Kaban in second with 59.07%. The competition is part of the Championship Series, and takes David to the top of Player of the Year Championship.

The Swiss Teams competition at the festival was won by Shahzaad Natt, Kiril Delev, Stefano Tommasini, Szczepan Smoczynski and Peter Ivanov (see picture here). They won all seven of their matches, finishing on 106 VPs. The team of Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton and Martin Garvey were second with 99 VPs.

The Swiss Pairs event was won by Ben Green & Alistair Kent (see picture here). They were undefeated in their seven matches and finished on 114 VPs, with Jason Hackett & Ed Jones second with 104 VPs. The B Flight Swiss Pairs was won by Tony Ye & Xiaojia Rao (see picture here), just 1 VP ahead of Tony Verran & Brian Gladman.

The Really Easy Afternoon - an event for less experienced players, held at multiple venues around the country - was won by Richard Manning & Mustapha Rahaman who played in Billericay. Theo Anoyrkatis & Sam Anoyrkatis were second, and the top pair at the London heat. Ian Bergel & Joan Robertson were the top pair at the Ilkley heat, and finished in third place. David Kindred & Louise King were the top pair at the Exeter heat.

The event also included the U21 Championship Pairs - see here for details.