Patrick Jourdain, British bridge player and journalist, Died at 73

  Sports, Writer

Patrick David Jourdain was born on November 1, 1942, and died on July 28, 2016.

He was a British bridge player, teacher and journalist.

For over six decades, Patrick played in more than seventy international matches for Wales, more than any other player.

Jourdain was bridge correspondent of the Daily Telegraph from 1992 until his death.

Patrick’s World Bridge Federation obituary described him as “the bridge-journalist’s journalist”.

Reported to the English Bridge Union’s death notice: “Ever the dedicated journalist, he penned his own obituary to ensure that the media would have their copy in timely fashion.

During 2003, Patrick was elected the IBPA’s President.

During 2010, he organised the Buffett Cup match between Europe and the USA that took place in Cardiff and preceded the Ryder Cup golf match, featuring “two of the finest bridge teams ever to compete in Britain”; the USA won.

Jourdain was a member of the Welsh team which won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship, in 2014.

Patrick was a past President and Honorary Life Member of the WBU.

Patrick Jourdain played in the Welsh Open team at the 2016 European Championships only a month before his death.

He has played in seven World Championships and three European Championships.

Patrick was President of the British Bridge League in 1995-6 and Chairman of Bridge Great Britain in 2001.

Patrick Jourdain was principal of the Cardiff School of Bridge, and taught more than a thousand people to play the game.

Patrick Jourdain passed away at 73 years old.