Goldenfields win main event at Northern Easter Festival

Bernard Goldenfield & Rhona Goldenfield (both Manchester) were emphatic winners of the three session Swiss Pairs event at the Northern Easter Festival. They were undefeated in their eleven matches, and finished on 172 VPs. This was Bernard's third victory in the event, and Rhona's second. John Holland & Alan Mould (both Manchester) were second on 157 VPs, with Julian Merrill & Paul Roberts (both Merseyside) third on 148 VPs.

The Swiss Teams event was won by Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye (both Lancs), Peter Stocken & Philip Mason (both Yorks). They trailed the team of Joy Blakey, Irving Blakey, Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield (all Manchester) prior to the final match, but defeat for the Blakey team - their only loss of the competition - and victory for the Smith team saw them swap places, with the Smith team winning by a single victory point.

The congress started with a Mixed and Open Pairs. The Mixed Pairs was won by Hugh McGann & Fiona Brown (Yorks) with 62.66%, with Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly (both Yorks) second with 61.66%. The Open Pairs was won convincingly by John Holland & Alan Mould. They scored 64.07%, with Heather Harvey & Jacqui Farrar (both Yorks) and Graham Wood & Phillip Anwar (both Yorks) tied in second with 53.33%.

An Improvers Pairs event was won by Margaret Edwardson & Stuart Edwardson (both Yorkshire). This also formed part of the Really Easy Afternoon held concurrently at multiple venues, and Margaret & Stuart were the leading pair in the 'B' stratification, and fifth overall, when the event was scored nationally.

The event was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.