Jon Williams

1954 - 2008

Jon Williams of Bedfordshire, who has died suddenly aged 54, was one of England’s leading master-point holders, second only to the late John Durden of Kent in the all-time list of master-point winners. Jon won the yearly Master-point Race a record six times since 1999, most recently in 2006. Much of his bridge was played in partnership with David Harris, although he was a player who liked to play with a variety of different partners.

Jon never represented his country, but he was an assiduous tournament player, travelling most weekends anywhere in Britain to the bridge event of note. Jon won the Crockfords Plate in 2007/2008. He was a popular figure at congresses throughout the land, and was due to be competing at the Welsh National Congress in Porthcawl when his death was announced.

Jon was a chartered accountant by profession. He was single, and is survived by his mother and brother.

Jon will be missed by many people. He was always courteous at the table, ready to acknowledge good play in others and modest about his own achievements.

by Patrick Jourdain

National Teams Congress winner: 2001

Sunday Telegraph Salver winner: 2000 2001 2003 2004 2005 and 2006