As you can see, the total sum of titles is 48. Yet the sum of players is 43, depending on that 5 players
have 2 titles each [Sven-Olov Flodqvist, Anders Morath and Hans Göthe (EGM and Seniors EM), the
sisters Cecilia and Sandra Rimstedt (Women and Youth)].
This update per December 23, 2012 may be my last. It should be a duty for the Swedish Bridge Federation.
With Sven-Olov Flodqvist (wearing red tie) in our team, we hoped for a medal in the European Championships
of 2001 at Tenerife, Spain. Sweden was also in the lead position during the first week, but was then to suffer
the loss of Sven-Erik Berglund (to the right) who successfully had partnered SOF, as he regrettably had to leave
before the finishing days. (Picture from 1977 when he was captaining the Swedish team that won the European
Open Championships.) Sweden was to be surpassed by Poland and two French teams. Afterwards we enjoyed
a very nice banquet, though I had to brush up my evening school Spanish, sitting next to the chairman of the
arranging organization, commenting on the artistic shows.
Flodqvist, nicknamed 'Tjolpe', also took part in our team in the Senior World Championships in Estoril 2005,
where we weren't that successful, but still winning our match versus the champions to be, USA 1, featuring
Bates-Stansby and Sontag-Weichsel. Better though in the subsequent World Transnational Open Teams
Championships, where we finished as no 17 out of 134 teams and no 1 of the participating senior teams ...
Leaving behind us Zia Mahmood's team of international stars as well as members of the US Aces and Bessis'
French team in addition to all Swedish players except Björn Fallenius. You'll find all the details in a link above.
Thus I had the pleasure to play in different championships from 1999 to 2005 with three of my fellow team
mates from the first half of the 1960's, Berglund, Flodqvist and Göthe. The one missing member of that team
was my old partner Sundelin, who was still fighting successfully for Sweden in the open championships.
Also, in 2020, the first Swedish player to become inducted to the EBL Hall of Fame.
Some bridge links:
In the beginning (In Swedish)
Gallery (In Swedish)
International masterpoints (In Swedish)
Early black & white pictures and my personal bibliography
Leif Jonsson's Hulte Nova wins the Swedish Championship for mares on June 29, 2015,
well assisted by her driver for the first time, the alert Torbjörn Jansson.