The Year End Congresses in London and Blackpool have now completed.
The Jack High Swiss Pairs for players with a NGS grade of Jack or below was won by Virginia Crouch & Myra Tipping who finished one VP ahead of Sue Ford & Paul Wiltshire. They are pictured with Jerry Cope (EBU Treasurer).
The winners of the Swiss Pairs in London were Alex Hydes & Lynton Stock (pictured here) who won 9 out of their 11 matches to win by 11 VPs. The Mixed and Open Pairs the next day were won by Kevin Castner & Marusa Gold and Gunnar Hallberg & Phil King (pictured here) respectively. Kevin and Marusa scored over 70% in their first session and won by over 5% in the end; it was closer in the Open Pairs with Gunnar and Phil winning by a little over 1%. The Swiss Teams on the final day had 86 teams competing and was won by Black (Andrew Black, David Gold, Andrew McIntosh & Phil King) who finished on the same VP score as Brock (Sally Brock, Gilly Cardiff, Ed Scerri & Barry Myers) but won the title after the tie splitting procedures were applied.
In Blackpool the winners of the Mixed Pairs were Jeff Smith & Rhona Goldenfield and the winners of the Open Pairs were Ollie Burgess & Mark Weeks. The Swiss Pairs was won by John Dearing & Jeremy Stanforth who finished 3 VPs ahead of Paul De Weerd & John Large. Jeff and Rhona were victorious again in the Swiss Teams playing with Jackie Pye and John Holland, their team won 6 out of 7 matches to win by 17 VPs.