Jordanis Pavlides


by Louis Tarlo
May 1985

JORDANIS PAVLIDES-"PAV" to all who knew him died suddenly on 26th February last at the age of 81. He was born in Athens and after living for some years in France and Germany settled permanently in London in 1935 and became a naturalised British subject in 1951. He was one of Britain's leading players when duplicate bridge restarted after the Second World War. He won the Masters Pairs in 1948, Gold Cup in 1949, Crockfords Cup in 1951 and 1955 and Hubert Phillips Bowl in 1953 and 1955.

His greatest successes were in 1954 when he played in the team that won the European Open Championship (Britain's fourth win in seven years), and in 1955 when the same team won the World Open Teams Championship in 1955. His death leaves Terence Reese and Boris Schapiro as the last survivors of that great team. He played again in the British team in the 1956 European Championship but thereafter played little serious competitive bridge.

He was quiet and unassuming and will be remembered with affection and much missed by those who knew him at the bridge table and on the golf course as an impeccably behaved player, a readily forgiving partner and a generous opponent. He worked for many years until his death as the London director of a Greek Shipping Company. He is survived by his wife Michele to whom we send our sincerest condolences.

Major International Appearances

European Championships: 1954* and 1955
Bermuda Bowl: 1955*

* = 1st place

Camrose Trophy Selections: 1951 and 1954

Gold Cup Winner: 1949

Crockfords Winner: 1951 and 1955

The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 1953 and 1955

Masters Pairs (1936-1965) winner: 1948