Close finishes at Seniors Congress

The Seniors Congress this weekend saw two close finishes in the main events.

The Championship Pairs was won by Rob Lawy & Mike Huggins (pictured), who overtook Patrick Collins & Peter Law - who had led since the halfway point - in the final round to win by a single Match Point. Tom Gisborne & Sandy Davies finished third.

The B Final in the Championship Pairs was won by Jeremy Dhondy & Alan Kay (picture), with Ed Scerri & Malcolm Pryor in second. The Swiss Pairs - for those not reaching the Championship Pairs finals, or joining the congress on that day - was won by Ian Budden & Wendy Lancaster (picture), eight VPs ahead of Mike Fawcett & Denis King.

The Swiss Teams saw a tighter finish than the Championship Pairs, with the result hinging on the final board of the competition. The Anthias team (Taf Anthias, Richard Samter, Warner Solomon, Pat Davies) was playing the Sweet team (Roger Sweet, Colin Juneman, Peter Shelley, Trevor Ward) in the final match. The Anthias team (picture) picked up 10 IMPs on board 49 to win the match, pull level with the Sweet team on total Match Points, and take the title by virtue of the head-to-head victory.

Also at the congress, Pat Davies was presented with the Diamond Award, which had been announced at the previous year's AGM, in recognition of excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams (picture).