Sixteen different winners at Really Easy Congress

The 2018 Really Easy Congress has taken place just outside Warwick, with an almost unprecedented number of different winners across the five competitions.

The event was aimed at those with less experience of 'congress bridge', and the honours were well spread with sixteen different players finishing in first place at some point during the weekend. The main competition, a seven match Swiss Pairs, was won by Kate Webb & Neil Smith (pictured), with 106 VPs, just ahead of Kate Pledger & Steve Beckley who scored 102.

The leading players in each competition were:

Friday afternoon Welcome Pairs N/S - Helen Smithson & Denver Gorman E/W - Paul Winstone & Roger Harris
Friday evening Pairs N/S - Maju Sethia & Sampat Sethia E/W - Giles Thompson & Chiho Thompson
Saturday afternoon Pairs N/S - Ruth Wethey & Clare Tingle E/W - Helen Cameron & Louise Wilson
Saturday evening Teams Maju Sethia, Sampat Sethia, Shirley Kayne, Wendy Trayhern
Sunday Swiss Pairs 1st - Kate Webb & Neil Smith
2nd - Kate Pledger & Steve Beckley
3rd - Ian Sidgwick & Paul Spencer
4th - Giles Thompson & Chiho Thompson

Runaway victory for Winkler & Lakatos at Summer Festival

The main event of the first weekend of the Summer Festival has been won by Gabor Winkler & Peter Lakatos. The Hungarian pair finished an impressive 35 VPs ahead of the field.

The midweek competitions, held at multiple venues around the country, were well supported, with Roger Morton & David Ould winning the Play with the Experts Pairs, and Steve Root & Niall Igoe winning the GCH Fox Championship Pairs.

See the Festival Hub for more details, along with articles, results, and other information from the event.

The Festival restarts on Wednesday 15th with more midweek competitions, ahead of the weekend-long 4 Star Teams, and two one-day Swiss Pairs.

Kripa Panchagnula wins Young Player of the Year

Kripa Panchagnula was presented with the 2017 Young Player of the Year award at the Summer Festival yesterday. Congratulations to Kripa for a great year in which he was a key member of the U21 team which earned a bronze medal at the European Championships, won the Peggy Bayer Trophy, and finished second in the Channel Trophy competition. He is pictured receiving the award from EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy.

Other awards - including the Young Pair of the Year - will be announced and presented later in the year.

Andrew Eastwood wins July online competition

July's competition for our online games, hosted by Funbridge, has concluded, with Andrew Eastwood finishing top of the leaderboard. His best four scores in the month averaged 66.98%, and he wins £30. There were also cash prizes for second to fifth places.

Games take place every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and you can start at any time, stopping and restarting as often as needed. Master Points are awarded in every game, and as well as the monthly competition, there is also an annual competition with cash prizes.

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