Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Puzzles - John Comyn

THE Lady Milne Tri­als ended in a wel­ter of ex­cite­ment with quite a num­ber of the best-fan­cied pairs fail­ing to make the last six.

With just three rounds to play, nine pairs were still in con­tention and with one board to play, it was still pos­si­ble to fin­ish third or sev­enth.

Mind you, this event was not with­out its share of pre­oc­cu­pa­tions — and I spoke to 24 play­ers and the vot­ing was 16-8 against the new for­mat for one rea­son or an­other.

It will be very in­ter­est­ing to see what the se­lec­tors do af­ter the coach­ing course. I would as­sume the first two pairs are au­to­matic, but the third is in the lap of the gods.

So what’s on the hori­zon? Well, we have the Lim­er­ick Congress kick­ing off at the Green­hills Ho­tel on En­nis Road this Fri­day with mixed pairs. Sat­ur­day pairs start at 1.30pm and teams on Sun­day at 11am. If you are in­ter­ested, you should en­ter via email to

And don’t for­get to pen­cil in the In­dian char­ity morn­ing on Oc­to­ber 20 at the Tem­pleogue Bridge Cen­tre. You’ ll en­joy the Bridge and will also be sup­port­ing a most wor­thy cause.

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