Blackpool Year End: Goldenfields win Swiss Pairs; Woodcock team wins Swiss Teams

At the Year End Congress in Blackpool between Christmas and New Year, Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield (pictured left) regained the Swiss Pairs title they won at the first Northern Year End Congress in 1997. They finished on 140 VPs from their ten matches, 4 VPs ahead of John Holland & Alan Mould - the winners each year since 2014. Haidee Tattersall & Andy Green were third with 132 VPs, and were also the highest ranked 'B' Stratification pair. The highest ranked 'C' Stratification pair were Kiat Huang & Graham Marshall who finished eighth.

The Swiss Teams competition was won by Sue Woodcock, Nick Woodcock (both for the third time), Stuart Clarke & Susan Fjortoft (see picture here). They pipped the team of Nick Forward, Dennis Loynes, Sue Evans & Stephanie Forward by a single VP.

The B Stratification prize went to Michael Rothwell, Sally-Anne Rothwell, Peter Boardman & Glenda Lloyd. The C Stratification prize was won by Marilyn Blake, Stephen Bentley, Paul Likely & Ken Broadbent.

Sue Woodcock & Nick Woodcock (see picture here) completed a double by winning the Open Pairs competition with David Flacks & Mark Weeks in second. The Mixed Pairs competition was won by Jim Deacon & Susan Deacon (see picture here), ahead of Marilyn Blake & Stephen Bentley.