2019 Camrose Trophy - 1st Weekend Results

The EBU sit atop the table after the first weekend of the Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations'.

On a tightly contested weekend in North Wales, the EBU finished 7.1 VPs ahead of the England team and 10.43 VPs ahead of hosts Wales.

Congratulations to the EBU team (pictured Left to right: Peter Hasenson (NPC), Gerald Tredinnick, Gunnar Hallberg, Derek Patterson, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Black, Phil King).

Well done also to the England team: Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski; Espen Erichsen & Glyn Liggins; Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi; NPC Alan Mould.

The final weekend takes place in Coventry, England, 1st-3rd March.

For full details of all results, visit Bridge Great Britain

Maurice Esterson

We are sad to announce the death of Maurice Esterson, aged 89.

Maurice won the Gold Cup twice in 1972 & 1974, Crockfords Cup twice in 1971 & 1977, Eastbourne Bowl in 1979, Burlington Cup in 1972, the Lederer in 1969 and the National Pairs in 1968.

He played three times for England in the Camrose, winning against Northern Ireland in 1968 and Wales in 1970 and drawing with Scotland in 1974.

Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, who died on 26 December 2018 at the age of 91, was in his younger days an international bridge player, representing the British team twice in the European Open teams championship. In 1953 at Helsinki he was partnered by Dimmie Fleming (the only occasion a woman played on the British Open team): the team came second out of fifteen teams. In 1962 he was partnered by Ken Barbour; the team came fourth out of twelve teams at Beirut.

London Year End Results

The winners of the three session Swiss Pairs competition at the London Year End Congress between Christmas and New Year were Odin Svendsen & Espen Erichsen with 170 VPs. Second place went to Sebastian Kristensen & Peter Taylor with 152 VPs. Joint in third place were Dean Mortlock & Andrew Collins and Jeremy Dhondy & Richard Hillman both with 149 VPs.

The Swiss Teams competition was very tightly contested with the winners eventually being the team of Tom Townsend, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Janet De Botton, Artur Malinowski who finished on 104 VPs, just one VP ahead of second place team Jacek Lapszys, Sandy Riach, Paul Spencer, Marc Chawner on 103 VPs. Third place went to the team of Norman Selway, Kay Preddy, Phil Bailey, Mike Hampton who were only one VP behind second place, with 102 VPs.

The Open Pairs competition was won by Ben Green & Ankush Khandelwal, narrowly ahead of Madelaine Sheldon & Jacqui Tobias. The Mixed Pairs competition was won by Paula Hopkinson & Dick Davey, just ahead of Michael Byrne & Sarah Bell.

The new Jack High Swiss Pairs (aimed at players with an NGS rating of no higher than a Jack) was won by Steve Langridge & Jacqueline Collier, they finished with 86 VPs, four ahead of joint second place pairs Geoffrey Chapman & Nick McCarthy and Mustapha Rahaman & John George.

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