Blackpool Year End Congress Results

At the Year End Congress in Blackpool between Christmas and New Year, Alan Mould & John Holland regained the Swiss Pairs title, which they narrowly lost last year after winning for three consecutive years from 2014 to 2016. They finished on 140 VPs from their ten matches. Second, third and fourth places were all very hotly contested, with only 3 points separating the teams; second place Sue Woodcock & Nick Woodcock, with 133 VPs, third place Martin Kuriger & Hongyan Cao, with 132 VPs and fourth place Bernard Goldenfield & Rhona Goldenfield, with 131 VPs.

The Swiss Teams competition was won by returning champions Sue Woodcock, Nick Woodcock (both for the fourth time), Stuart Clarke & Susan Fjortoft (both for the second time). They pipped the team of Bernard Goldenfield, Rhonda Goldenfield, Kath Nelson and Alan Nelson by just 2 VPs.

The Mixed Pairs competition was won by Alan Nelson & Kath Nelson with a score of 58.97%, A very close second place went to John Councer & Susan Sharp with a score of 57.44%. In joint third place was Nick Hunter & Ruby Schnalke and David Harrison & Jill Rushton both with a score of 57.31%.