This was a most appropriate competition for the club to hold last Tuesday as one of the current holders of the trophy Murdo Kennedy was struck down by a bug and was unable to play, so it was guaranteed to have two new names on the shield.
There wasn’t a huge turnout as in addition to Murdo there were a couple of other poorly souls and at least two on an extended holiday. However, the members that made it managed to play 25 boards of five board rounds and whizzed through them in good time.
There were no slams made this week despite the analiser stating that there were three on offer. Although most players made 12 tricks on board five no one had even bid to game.
The hands were particularly tricky with lots of singletons and a few voids.
So, the winners and new holders of the John the Chemist Trophy are Liz Carmichael and Jimmy Ogilvie. They had a great evening, mainly in defence, and took ten tops and finished with 59%.
In second place and playing for only the second time together were Irene MacKenzie and John Drummond. They managed eight tops and 56%.
In third place with 52% were Stewart MacDonald and NL MacDonald. They had six tops one of which was a successful double on board 17 which went three light.
Five pairs met again on Thursday for another session and the winners had an amazing evening, finishing top with 75%.
Tristan and Gwion took nine tops from the 12 boards and thoroughly deserved their victory. Their bidding was adventurous and they were as strong in defence as they were in attack.
In second place with 58% were Jenny Morrison and Gerda Graauwmans with six tops.