Monaco wins 2015 Slava Memorial Cup

Monaco (Pierre Zimmermann, Henri Fissore, Jean-Charles Allavena, Fulvio Fantoni, Franck Multon, Claudio Nunes) won the 2015 Slava Memorial Cup in Moscow (Russia).

In the final match Monaco defeated Vitas (Vytautas Vainikonis, Wojtek Olanski, Lotan Fisher, Ron Schwartz, Bohuslav Gerulsky, Jerzy Skyzypczak) by 69-53-5.

From the Neapolitan magazine an account of what the Slava Cup it is one the greatest European bridge tournaments. This event is in memory of Slava Grinuk (1970-1999). Four years ago Vladimir Ivanov told Neapolitan Club the story: “He was an ordinary bridge player from Moscow. He died young of cancer, and his friends, who were not bridge players, decided that the best thing they could do to commemorate him was to establish an annual tournament bearing his name. They were rather wealthy to they sponsored the event. It started as a small Russian tournament, but in few years became an international event. Now it is the most prestigious tournament held in Russian. The touching part of the story that those guys are still sponsoring it despite the fact that they don’t know the first thing about bridge.”


The last week of February became an auspicious week for me bridgewise. Two a row first place win. Special thanks to my partners who together we won:

To my partner, Ms. Margaret Kwok, who has been on a winning streak, we won at the Alejandro Duplicate Game on February 24, 2015

To my partner, Ms. Ayesha Fuchs at the Cambridge Club game on February 26, 2015.

Results of the winners of the Alejandro Duplicate game, February 24, 2015

Sylvia Alejandro-Margaret Kwok

Hiranthi Samarasingha-Nalin Samarasingha

Harumi Ieda-Ching Holley

At the Cambridge Club on February 26, 2015

Sylvia Alejandro-Ayesha Fuchs

John McPhedren-Nena Ramirez

Hiranthi Samarasingha-Nalin Samarasingha


My special thanks extended to Forbes Park Governor Ms. Isabel S. Tesoro for gifting me the Philippine issue of the stamp honoring her mother.

“Dear Beng, Hail and I wholeheartedly join the salute to your mother, Mrs. Salud S. Tesoro whose 1915 Birth centenary is this year.

The Philippine issue of the stamp honoring your mom as the Mother of Philippine Handicraft is without doubt underscores her achievement. Her success far from being just any old store, Tesoro’s essential part of the Philippine cultural terrain.

When I worked for Philippine Airlines and traveled extensively for PAL as a representative with the Philippine delegation to negotiate the bilateral air agreements with other countries, I unfailingly brought as gifts from Tesoro’s to showcase our pride in the Philippine products—by Tesoro.

More power to your family for sustaining for 70 years and going forward, TESORO’s Mission to showcase the best of the Philippines.

I share our love for our country. Mabuhay Philippines!”


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