White House Junior Internationals 2019

This Is the 27th edition of this international event in the Netherlands.

There have been various venues in Amsterdam throughout the years but since 2006, it has been played at the Het Witte Huis (The White House). Since that time, this international event for juniors has taken its name from the venue.

There is no entry fee to the tournament. This has been made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors.


The Australian Team for this event is Matt Smith playing with Jamie Thompson and John McMahon playing with Nico Ranson. Both pairs, although still young in years, are very experienced and spend a lot of time practicing. They will be ably captained by Ian Thomson.


The schedule is as follows


Sunday 24th March


There will be a welcome to the participants speech at noon.

Immediately following this, there is a Pro-am tournament enabling many of the sponsors to play with and against the Juniors (non-playing captains and coaches are also invited to play).


This is an excellent innovative idea that could possibly be used as a guide for other tournaments and is obviously based on golfing traditions.


Monday 25th March through to Friday March 29th is the actual tournament.


There would appear to be the facility to broadcast one match from each of the qualifying rounds on BBO.


Amsterdam is currently 10 hours behind AEST on the Australian eastern seaboard, so when viewing the schedule times, please take this into account. Due to the time differential, it is proposed that the updated daily details will not be posted to the ABF website until the following morning each day.


As before, the daily reports will try and highlight the progress of the Australian team and document any interesting hands.



Monday, March 25 Qualification day 1 (11 boards per round)

10.30  Captains meeting 11.00 - 12.25  Round 1 12.35 - 14.00  Round 2 14:10 - 15:35  Round 3 15.45 - 17.10  Round 4 17.20 - 18.45  Round 5 18.45 - 19.30  Dinner

Tuesday, March 26 Qualification day 2

11.30 - 12.55  Round 6 13.05 - 14.30  Round 7 14.40 - 16.05  Round 8 16.15 - 17.40  Round 9 17.40 - 18.40  Dinner 18.40 - 20.05  Round 10 20.15 - 21.40  Round 11

In the qualifying sessions on Monday and Tuesday, there will be two groups of 12 established from the 24 participants. They will be called the Diamonds and the Hearts.

The teams that finish 1-6 of their group will progress to the intermediate final A. Results of the matches against teams from their own group are carried forward. You play six matches of ten boards against the teams form the other group. In the end teams 1-7 will qualify for the Quarter Finals.

The teams that finish 7-12 of their group will progress to the intermediate final B. Results of the matches against teams of their own group are carried forward. You play six matches of ten boards against the teams from the other group. The winner earns the 8th spot in the Quarter Finals.

Wednesday, March 27 Intermediate finals A and B

11.30 - 12.55  Round 1 13.05 - 14.30  Round 2 14.40 - 16.05  Round 3 16.15 - 17.40  Round 4 17.40 - 18.40  Dinner 18.40 - 20.05  Round 5 20.15 - 21.40  Round 6

Thursday, March 28 QF, SF and B/C/D/E finals

11.30   Starting time for all matches

Quarter Finals (2x14 boards) Q1: 1A may choose first from 5A/6A/7A/1B Q2: 2A may choose next from the 3 remaining teams Q3: 3A may choose last from the 2 remaining teams Q4: 4A plays the remaining team

11.30 - 13.30  Match 1 13.45 - 15.45  Match 2

Semi Final (2x14 boards) Winner QF 1 vs QF 4, winner QF 2 vs QF 3.  Exception: two teams from the same country must play each other.  16.00 - 18.00  Match 1 18.00 - 19.00  Dinner 19.00 - 21.00  Match 2

Consolidation Optional for losing QF-teams. To be discussed with captains.

B/C/D/E finals (3x14 boards) In groups of four, determined by vips after 17 matches

11.30 - 13.30  Match 1 13.45 - 15.45  Match 2 16.00 - 18.00  Match 3 18.00 - 19.00  Dinner  Evening is free

Final ranking 9-24 based upon Victory Point score from Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu.   





Friday, March 29 Finals and farewells

Finals (3x14 boards)

11.00 - 13.00  Match 1 13.15 - 15.15  Match 2 15.30 - 17.30  Match 3

Playoff for third place Optional. To be discussed with captains. 

"Anything is possible Friday" Matchpoint Pairs tournament

13.00 - 17.00   Transnational pairs may play (even encouraged) as well as captains, coaches and guests.


17.30 - 19.00   Prize-giving, gifts, dinner and farewell drinks

The participants are -

 Australia Matt Smith, Jamie Thompson, Nico Ranson & John McMahon

Austria  Stefan Thorpe, Philip Scheberan, Felix Eder, Johanna Piibor, Manuel Jindra, Patricio Crisafulli Sadaba & NPC Florian Weiss

Belgium Dennis Dewit, Emiel Vandewiele, Clovis Dehaye, Jens van Overmeire, Sam Bahbout & NPC Wouter van den Hove.

Brazil Julia Mautone, Henrique Barbosa Salomao, Heitor Paoli, Alejandro Quirog & NPC Fernando Lema

Croatia Kristijan Stefanec, Matko Ferenca, Viktor Leskovar, Zvonimir Grskovic, NPC Tomislav Sasek & Coach Vjekoslav Zepic

Czech Republic Erik Klemš, Martin Melcák, Lukáš Kolek, Jakub Vojtík, Michael Botur & Lucie Kohutová

Denmark Christian Lahrmann, Søren Bune, Andreas Plejdrup, Emil Buus Thomsen & NPC Claus Lund

England U26 Charles Bucknell, Dominic Price, Stephen Kennedy, Tony Ye, Ben Norton, Shahzaad Natt & NPC Andrew McIntosh

England U26 girls Ewa Wieczorek, Olivia Bailey, Siyu Ren, Laura Covill, Hanna Tuus, India Leeming & NPC David Burn

Finland Maria Mylläri, Gabriella Ahlvik, Oskari Koivu & Hermanni Huhtamäki

Germany Leonard Vornkahl, Maximillan Litterst, Felix Dörmer, Jannik Lepper, Marius Gündel, Karl Dransfeld &  NPC Hartmut Kondoch

Hungary Mária Beko, Zsófia Beko, Janka Jalsovszky & Hanna Révai.

Ireland John Connolly, Stephen Barr, Conor Boland, & Michael Donnelly

Israell  Aviv Zietak, Nir Khutorsky, Amir Ezion, Lior Urman, Gal Matatyahou, Yontan Sliwowicz & NPC Ram Blass

Latvia Janis Ilzins , Martins Balodis, Martin Maasik & Karl-Markus Pruul

Netherlands U26 Pim Coppens, Niels van Bijsterveldt, Guy Mendes de Leon, Thibo Sprinkhuizen, Tom van Overbeeke, Ricardo Westerbeek, Leen Stougie, Marc Stougie & NPC Agnes Snellers

Netherlands Youth Wisse Huvers, Felix Leufkens, Sibrand van Oosten, Kevin Gotink, Pim Dupont, Youp Caris, Joost Coenen & NPC Wubbo de Boer

Netherlands U21 Oscar Nijssen, Tim van de Paverd, Tobias Westerveld, Dieter Goudzwaard, Jasper Blom, Sander Goor, Ronald Goor, Xavier Friesen & NPC Ruben Buijs

Netherlands U26 girls Janneke Wackwitz, Malene Holm Christensen, Sandra Kolen, Esther Visser, Fleur Beekman, Juliet Berwald, Mette Lejeune, NPC Aarnout Helmich & Coach Anneke Simons

Norway Thea Hauge, Sofie Sjødal, Jakob Nordvoll Johannessen, Marcus Scheie & NPC Lars Eide

Poland  Piotr Marcinowski, Mateusz Sobczak, Jakub Patreuha, Patryk Patreuha & NPC Marek Markowski

Russia Ilia Postovalov, Zigfrid Zvezdin, Egor Stolyarov, Ivan Tatarkin, Polina Smirnova & Victor Pazukhin

Singapore Teo Xue Heng, Linus Lee, Siew Kheng Hun, Yang Gan, Bryan Yang, Guan Xin & NPC Kelvin Ong

Slovakia Richard Gabriel, Jakub Jakabsic, Martin Vodicka & PC Juraj Kvocek



Posted by Chris on Saturday, 23 March 2019 at 13:08