When famous champions win a tourney we say that it was a strong tourney, but it’s not always exact: sometimes the strongest tourneys are those where the famous champions do not win; or, maybe, where the winners aren’t yet famous. The German Team 1702 has won the 2013 Reykjavik Bridge Festival, first between other 97; they are Nedju Buchlev, Sebastian Reim (Germany), Victor Milman, David Kendrick (England).
Second place to another German Team: Gronaldo (Martin Rehder, Michael Gromoller, Joerg Fritsche, Roland Rohowsky). Third a French Team; so an en plein for the Central Europe (Pilippe Toffier, Dominique Pillon, Laurent Thuilles, Wilfried Libbrecht). Fourth and fifth come two Icelandic Teams: Chile (Ómar Olgeirsson, Ragnar Magnusson, Stefan Johannsson, Kjartan Asmundsson, Sverrir G Kristinsson) and Erla Sigurjónsdóttir (the same Erla, first of the women, Guðni Ingvarsson, Þórarinn Sófusson, Halldór Einarsson Jon Páll Sigurjónsson).
Now the casualties, i.e. not winner famous players: Janet De Bottom, Rumen Trendafilov, Kalin Karaivanov, Zia Mahmood, Sandra Penfold, Nevena Senior, Tor Helness, Peter Bertheau, Anita Sinclair, Peter Fredin.
As I have heard it has been a fine rejoicing; all, winners and not winners, famous and not famous, Central Europeans, not Central Europeans and not Europeans, all have felt the warmth of the Icelandic hospitality.
Joerg Fritsche – Roland Rohowsky from Germany won the Open Pairs Tournament. The event was held at Natura Hotel in Reykjavik (Iceland) from the 24th to 27th of January.
Paolo Enrico Garrisi
January 29, 2013
Pictures are courtesy of Lorenzo Riccucci