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Jaap  KOKKES

 

 Jaap Kokkes nato nel 1924 ed stato un insegnante di matematica ed una delle figure pi rappresentative del Bridge olandese tra gli anni sessanta e settanta.

 Vincitore di 8 titoli nazionali, ha fatto pi volte parte della nazionale dei tulipani ed ha conquistato un argento agli Europei a Squadre del 1966 ed un quarto posto alle Olimpiadi del 1968.

 Passato nella Categoria Seniores ha vinto un argento nei Mondiali a Coppie nel 1990 ed un bronzo in quelli a Squadre del 1997.

 Assieme a Arie van Heusden ha messo punto il "Crazy Diamond" un sistema che ancora oggi giocato da molti olandesi.

 Jaap, che ha ricoperto molti ruoli nella Federazione olandese, si spento nella sua casa di Amsterdam dopo una breve malattia nel 2005.

Jaap Kokkes (1924 - 2005) was one of the dominant forces of post-war bridge in The Netherlands.

A mathematics teacher by profession, he celebrated his greatest bridge successes in the sixties and seventies. During that period he collected eight national titles (three teams, four pairs, and one mixed pairs).

Kokkes represented his country on numerous occasions at international championships.

He was a member of the Dutch squad that captured the silver medal at the 1966 European Championship in Warsaw and fourth place at the Deauville Bridge Olympiad in 1968.

At the 1990 World Championships in Geneva Kokkes won silver in the senior pairs.

Jaap Kokkes was a player with a highly developed sense of ethics as well as a technically gifted player.

He was co-developer (with Arie van Heusden of Culemborg) of the famous Crazy Diamond system, which has its adherents to this day.

Kokkes also served in many functions within the Dutch Bridge League and was one of its honorary members.

He is died in his hometown of Amsterdam, following a brief illness.

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