15-27 January 2013 Includes the Grand National Pairs Finals.
The 41st Summer Festival of Bridge, is played at Rydges Lakeside the original home of the Summer Festival.
In 2013 five new events have been introduced – 0-20 Super Novice Pairs and Teams, The Chris Diment Pairs, The Festival Teams and category finals for the South-West Pacific Teams.
January 27: 2013 NOT Final
The National Open Teams (NOT) was won by the THOMSON team (Matthew Thomson, Peter Newman, Ishmael Del’Monte and Howard Melbourne) defeating the BROWN team (Terry Brown, Avi Kanetkar, Paul Lavings, Robert Krochmalik, Bruce Neill and Kim Morrison) 178-133 IMPs.
January 25: 2013 NOT SEMI-FINAL
M Thomson, P Newman, I Del’Monte, H Melbourne
D Beauchamp, N Van Jole, I Robinson, I Thomson, A Braithwaite
M Ware, M McManus, P Gumby, W Lazer, L Milne, M Whibley
T Brown, A Kanetkar, B Neill, K Morrison, P Lavings, R Krochmalik
January 24: National Open Teams
The last day of qualifying for the National Open Teams provided plenty of drama The Otvosi team had an excellent Thursday and were certain to qualify with one round to go. The other seven spots were very much up for grabs.
Just how tight it was can be seen from the scores of the top ten teams after twelve rounds.
Place Team Score
1 Otvosi 250
2 Thomson 233
3 Bloom 228
4 Ware 226
5 Klinger 219
6 Brown 218
7 Bojoh 216
Just 7 VPs covering second to fourth and 17 covering second to seventh. Otvosi alone had distanced the field in some comfort, managing almost 21 VPs a match for 12 rounds. The real drama, however, was the battle for that last, eighth qualifying spot. The scoreboard showed:
Place Team Score
8= De Livera 213
8= Beauchamp 213
8= Cartmell 213
And it doesn’t come any tighter than that. The conditions of contest require a two board play-off In the event of a tie. The play-off saw the second seeded Beauchamp team enter the NOT via the back door. Particular commiserations to the Cartmell team who punched well above their seeded weight and spent much of the last day at the low numbered tables.
The quarter-finals will see:
Otvosi v Brown
Thomson v Bojoh
Bloom v Beauchamp
Ware v Klinger