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Congress Successes Continue and Ian Bond makes Grand Master!

By Anna Kalma - Posted on 04 October 2018

More competition success at the National Congress for our players.

The National Pairs continued after the knockout stages with Kathy and Ken Yule making the cut then performing brilliantly to come 4th overall ... an outstanding achievement out of 144 pairs.

In the meantime, non qualifiers contested a back to the futures event where a team of four plays three sessions with each of the other members of the team. The local team of Lynette Morgan-Ian Bond-Lesley Quilty and Anna Kalma managed to make it inot the final and suprised themselves by winning the final session to come top overall.

The major event of the tournament is the Teams where 108 teams of 4 started the contest. The best of our locals was Kathy and Ken's team who made it through into the top 16 qualifiers and have since won their match meaning to make it into the top 8 but were knocked out in the quarter finals.

Unlucky to miss out on the top 16 was team MORGAN - Lynette, Ian Bond, Mike Neels and Ella Gray. They ended up in 17th but that gave Ian the requisite 25+ A points he required to take him into GrandMaster territory. AWESOME WORK IAN - apparently they celebrated with a Thai in Cambridge on Wednesday Night but I'm sure they will be recognised properly in due course!

Thursday while the knockouts of the Teams takes place the competitions continue with the Mixed, Intermediate, Same Sex and Senior Pairs being played. There was a good morning session for Judith Howard and Joanne Swanwick in the Intermediate who take pole position but faded a bit in the afternoon to end up in 10th while Rochelle van Heuven and Tim Rigter had two solid sessions to come in 7th.

Lesley and Tom Henwood won the morning session in the Senior Pairs but fell back a bit to end up in a credible 9th place.

All eyes on the Teams quarter finals, and the senior, intermediate teams tomorrow where we hope to enjoy further success:)