It was a most unusual but highly rewarding wedding present. When Dominic Flint married Pamela Reiss in June, their friends Sally Brock and Barry Myers - both international bridge players - offered as a gift to play on their team in a tournament of their choice.
The week before, Sally and Barry had been playing in the final of the Gold Cup, the premier teams of four tournament in Britain. They finished as runners-up. On Sunday, 16th October, the competition was a little less fierce in the Long Room at Lord's and, with Sally partnering Pamela and Barry teaming up with Dominic, they went one better.
The full results are available here with thanks to Ian Mitchell and Derrick and Barbara Kime, the Tournament Directors who kept the 33 pairs moving through the 42 boards during the day. As at any major fixture at Lord's, however, there was of course a break for tea.
The 2016 runners-up were John Vos, Peter Hasenson, Irene Fine and Nigel Clayton, picture below.
The team in third place was a family unit, including the youngest player in the competition, Alex Pemberton. He is pictured below with father John and Aunt and Uncle Claire and John Dagnall.