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The next Tutored Bridge session at the Club is on 3rd October, 2017.  We will play 12 hands in all, and discuss the key points in bidding and play after each hand. 
 

The 7th running of the St James's Cafe Bridge Drive takes place on 9th October, 2017.  6 boards will be played at each of 5 clubs, followed by dinner at the Royal Automobile Club.  Further details from Geoff Lloyd (Athenaeum members) or from your Club bridge coordinator.

The invitation Xmas Pivot Teams event will be held on 19th December 2017.  Details will be circulated in early autumn.

 

 
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Club Matches

Good win vs Carlton
The Athenaeum rounded off the 2016/17 season of Inter-Club matches with a 76 IMPs victory over the Carlton Club, our best result for some time.  Representing the Club were James Cooper & Geoff Lloyd, John Neilson & Donald Singer, Michael Oppenheimer & Mary Baker and Pascal Ricketts & Keith Robertson.

The overall tally for the season was 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie.

House of Lords and Athenaeum tie
The Athenaeum recorded its first ever tied match vs House of Lords on February 8th.  We are assured that this owed nothing to James Cooper's recent transfer to the Palace of Westminster!  The Athenaeum was represented by Messrs Cooper & Lloyd, Ricketts & Robertson, Oppenheimer & Collins and Paul & Hazelanne Lewis.

Tables turned in match vs RAC
The Athenaeum lost the annual teams-of-8 match vs RAC on Wednesday 7 December by 66 IMPs. The RAC put out a stronger team this year after our win in 2015. It was close at the break  but they pulled way after dinner. Playing for the Athenaeum were:  John Neilson & Geoff Lloyd, Larry & Mary Baker, Jane Plumptre & Keith Robertson and Michael Oppenheimer & Bill Shanahan.

Narrow win vs Roehampton
After our drubbing in the away fixture, the Athenaeum team faced the return match vs Roehampton with some trepidation.  However a fine team effort by all 4 home pairs (James Cooper & Bill Shanahan, Geoff LLoyd & Paul Thornton, Jane Plumptre & Keith Robertson and Hazelanne & Paul Lewis) enabled us to scrape home by 7IMPs.  The visitors may have coped less well than we did with some unusual distractions from the other end of the room and a particularly fine dinner!

Out and about
This column gives brief details of the exploits of Athenaeum bridge players away from our home base in St James's.
 
Paul Thornton & Gary Diamond (MCC) competed in the Swiss Pairs event at Richmond Bridge Club in May.  With one round to go they were in 2nd place and needed a 20 - 0 victory to displace the leaders.  Whereas this proved to be way beyond their capabilities, a 20 - 0 defeat was not, and they slipped to 7th place!
 
Inter-Club Duplicate at the Athenaeum
Inter-Club Duplicate at the Athenaeum

This is the website for inter-club duplicate tournaments, generally held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Athenaeum Club in London's Pall Mall.  The Athenaeum is a private members club.  Anyone wishing to play should contact Geoffrey Lloyd at ggll.gower@gmail.com

 

Hands are pre-dealt and scored electronically at the table. Results are available immediately after the final hands are played, together with a copy of the hands.  Results are also posted to the Bridge at the Athenaeum website.  These events start at 18.45 prompt.  Please arrive by 18.35 to allow time for registration etc.

 

 

The Sir Basil Hall Challenge Trophy is awarded to the player with the highest average percentage score over their best 5 appearances during the season, not more than 3 of which are with the same partner*.  To see the running scores, click on Competitions in the box on the left of this page, and then on Challenge Trophy.

 

The next events are on 17th October and 21st November this year, and 16th January 2018

 

*Subject, of course to a minimum of 5 appearances; the winner must be a member of a St James's or kindred club

 

 

2011 Challenge Trophy winner down with the kids!
2011 Challenge Trophy winner down with the kids!

The Sir Basil Hall Challenge Trophy will be presented to the 2017 winner, Michael Kaye in the Autumn

Click for the latest results
O&C pip RAC in Pivot Teams

The Club's Xmas Pivot Teams event held on 20th December was a close run thing.  The RAC (Pauli Laumen, Paul Found, Robin Kilborn and Maxwell McGuire) led until the final board when an adventurous 5DX-1 allowed the Oxford & Cambridge to repeat last year's victory.  Well done to Michael Kaye, Philip Wood, Ian Coleman and Peter Lennon.  Leading home contenders were Athenaeum Beta (Philippa Herbert, Jane Plumptre, Keith Robertson and Pascal Ricketts).

2017 Devonshire Cup News
2017 Devonshire Cup News

The Athenaeum team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of a strong Savile team in the first round of the 2017 Devonshire Cup.  We now go through to the Plate (which we won in 2015) with our next match on 7th February.

Worse was to come in the Plate, in which we suffered a heavy first-round defeat at the hands of the Hurlingham Club.  We paid a high price for a series of marginal misjudgements against opponents who were more aggressive and consistent.  That's it until next year!

Big Improvement in Centenary Cup

Having propped up the field in the Centenary Cup last year, the Athenaeum entered this year's event, held at the Reform, with some trepidation.  However a much improved performance saw the Club finish 4th of 9 entries, with an overall score of +15 IMPs.  The team comprised Messrs Lloyd & Cooper, Ricketts & Thornton, Shanahan & Robertson and Neilson & Singer.  The RAC Blue team won with an outstanding score of +109 IMPs, ahead of the Carlton and Oxford & Cambridge.  For deatils, click anywhere in this box.

Photo Finish in Season's Opener

22 pairs contested the first inter-club event of the 2017/18 season with the result in doubt until well after play had finished.  Anglo-Italian duo Pascal Ricketts & Ian Galletti appeared to have pipped England international Graham Osborne & partner Philip Wood at the post, but the order was reversed when the result of a misboarded deal was corrected.  Congratulations to both pairs. Athenaeum pair Donald Singer & John Neilson completed the podium.

Disappointingly, no pair managed to bid the cold Grand Slam on board 12, despite there being 13 tricks off the top.

Thanks to Gitte Hecht-Johansen for officiating, and playing simultaneously

Results
19th Sep 2017
Interclub Duplicate
Director: Gitte Hecht
Scorer: Gitte Hecht
18th Jul 2017
Inter-Club Pairs
Director: Gitte Hecht
Scorer: Gitte Hecht
20th Jun 2017
Inter-Club Pairs
Director: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Click for the latest results
O&C pip RAC in Pivot Teams

The Club's Xmas Pivot Teams event held on 20th December was a close run thing.  The RAC (Pauli Laumen, Paul Found, Robin Kilborn and Maxwell McGuire) led until the final board when an adventurous 5DX-1 allowed the Oxford & Cambridge to repeat last year's victory.  Well done to Michael Kaye, Philip Wood, Ian Coleman and Peter Lennon.  Leading home contenders were Athenaeum Beta (Philippa Herbert, Jane Plumptre, Keith Robertson and Pascal Ricketts).

2017 Devonshire Cup News
2017 Devonshire Cup News

The Athenaeum team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of a strong Savile team in the first round of the 2017 Devonshire Cup.  We now go through to the Plate (which we won in 2015) with our next match on 7th February.

Worse was to come in the Plate, in which we suffered a heavy first-round defeat at the hands of the Hurlingham Club.  We paid a high price for a series of marginal misjudgements against opponents who were more aggressive and consistent.  That's it until next year!

Big Improvement in Centenary Cup

Having propped up the field in the Centenary Cup last year, the Athenaeum entered this year's event, held at the Reform, with some trepidation.  However a much improved performance saw the Club finish 4th of 9 entries, with an overall score of +15 IMPs.  The team comprised Messrs Lloyd & Cooper, Ricketts & Thornton, Shanahan & Robertson and Neilson & Singer.  The RAC Blue team won with an outstanding score of +109 IMPs, ahead of the Carlton and Oxford & Cambridge.  For deatils, click anywhere in this box.

Photo Finish in Season's Opener

22 pairs contested the first inter-club event of the 2017/18 season with the result in doubt until well after play had finished.  Anglo-Italian duo Pascal Ricketts & Ian Galletti appeared to have pipped England international Graham Osborne & partner Philip Wood at the post, but the order was reversed when the result of a misboarded deal was corrected.  Congratulations to both pairs. Athenaeum pair Donald Singer & John Neilson completed the podium.

Disappointingly, no pair managed to bid the cold Grand Slam on board 12, despite there being 13 tricks off the top.

Thanks to Gitte Hecht-Johansen for officiating, and playing simultaneously

Results
19th Sep 2017
Interclub Duplicate
Director: Gitte Hecht
Scorer: Gitte Hecht
18th Jul 2017
Inter-Club Pairs
Director: Gitte Hecht
Scorer: Gitte Hecht
20th Jun 2017
Inter-Club Pairs
Director: Gitte Hecht-Johansen
Scorer: Gitte Hecht-Johansen