A total of over 150 bridge players attended this year's Congress at some time, which was held for the first time at the Falcon Hotel in Bude. Everything about the hotel was first class, and its proximity to the canal, beaches and town centre was a bonus especially as it was a dry and mainly sunny three days. We are already discussing with the hotel about returning in 2016.
Because of problems with Bridgesmates that couldn't be resolved at the time, we had to resort to manual recording and resulting on Saturday. In this super-tech age of ours, this was not acceptable to some players, and probably marred their overall enjoyment of the Congress. Nevertheless, the competitions were run in a cheerful spirit by the directors, and many players did thank the Congress committee afterwards for an enjoyable time. Needless to say, these issues will be fully addressed to ensure everything runs smoothly next year.
Full results are available on the website, with congratulations to the winners :
Novice Pairs (8 pairs) : Ann & Bob Bennett
Championship Pairs (Qualifying Round) (35 pairs) : Ann Husk & Sandra Bennett
Championship Pairs Final (14 pairs): Howard Kent-Webster & Graham Osborne (with Congress Secretary, Chris Bickerdike, in the middle)
Consolation Pairs ( 29 pairs) : Brian & Elaine Relton
Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs (54 pairs) : Jackie Davies & Warner Solomon
Green-Pointed Swiss Teams (24 teams) : Miles Cowling, Stefan Lindfors, Rob Lawy, Alex Maddocks
STOP PRESS : THE CONGRESS WILL AGAIN BE HELD AT THE FALCON HOTEL, BUDE IN 2016; ONE WEEK EARLIER 9-10-11 SEPTEMBER. ROBIN BARKER HAS ACCEPTED OUR INVITATION TO BE CHIEF TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.