The Overseas Congress in Budapest, sponsored by Bridge Overseas, has recently concluded, with Val & Ian Constable, and the Lancaster team, winning the two main Swiss competitions.
Val & Ian (picture here) lost only once in their ten matches in the Swiss Pairs, finishing with 154 VPs. Andy Baruch & Sarah Jones were second with 129 VPs, and Lesley Bridson & Catherine Thompson were third with 125.
The Lancaster team - Nigel Lancaster, Stephen Gore, Maria Budd and Mark Westley - started the Swiss Teams slowly, losing their first three matches, but came back strongly to finish on 136 VPs from ten matches, 8 VPs ahead of the field. The team of Sue O'Hara, Nelson Stephens, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot were second.
The other winners at the congress were:
- Pre-Congress Pairs: Linda Curtis & Alma Richards (picture)
- Open Pairs: Maria Budd & Mark Westley (picture)
- Mixed Pivot Teams: Andrew Petrie, Veronica Petrie, Shirley Goldwin, Brian Crack (picture)
- Combined Pairs: Nicky Willis & Joan Meech (picture); top men's pair: Nigel Lancaster & Stephen Gore (picture); top mixed pair: Paul Mollison & Val Mollison (picture)
The next Overseas Congress takes place in Andalucia, 8th - 14th October. There will be competitions specifically for less experienced players, so is suitable for everyone. See here for more details.