Good luck to all the Irish players competing in the 2019 European Championships in Istanbul. A full list of all the participants is here and you can follow the results here. Play is also being covered on the BBO Vugraph facility for anyone who wants to watch some top-class bridge online.
Our two teams in the flagship Open Teams – Moran (Mark Moran, John Carroll, Tommy Garvey, Tom Hanlon, Nick FitzGibbon, and Adam Mesbur, with NPC Grainne Barton) and MacCormac (Thomas MacCormac, Ronan McMaugh, Marcin Rudzinski, and Stephen Barr) – did not feature, unfortunately.
There have however been several good performances by the Irish players. Joan Kenny was part of a team that came third in the preliminaries of the Mixed Teams, but unfortunately lost in the first round of the playoffs, while Mary-Kelly Rogers was part of a transnational team (imaginatively titled 4 Nations, in case you’re looking for them in the results) that came seventh in the preliminaries of the Ladies Teams, but lost in the quarter-finals to a Poland team that ultimately finished as runners-up. The Foireann Team of Jeannie Fitzgerald, Joan Kenny, Diane Greenwood, and Teresa Rigney narrowly missed out a qualification spot in the same event, finishing fourteenth. And John and Lucy Phelan came third in one of the Open Pairs events.
In the latest update, three Irish pairs (well, two-and-a-half!) have qualified for the A Semi-Finals in the Open Pairs – Tom Hanlon and John Carroll, Marcin Rudzinski and Ronan McMaugh, and Thomas MacCormac and his Turkish partner. Keep an eye on their results and hopefully cheer them into the medal positions.