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Anyone wishing to discuss playing bridge at the Athenaeum should contact John Neilson at johnneilson@blueyonder.co.uk. 
Regular Athenaeum duplicate bridge evenings have resumed. Please arrive in good time to start play promptly at 6.35pm.

2021 Club Matches

RAC Centenary Cup

On 15th November the Athenaeum joined teams from the Hurlingham, The In and Out, The Lansdowne, the MCC, the Roehampton, The Savile, and two RAC Pall Mall teams and Woodcote Park to play in the 2021 RAC Centenary Cup. The format was teams of 8 playing in a six round Swiss competition over 24 boards. The four pairs in the Athenaeum team were John Neilson (Captain) & Donald Singer, Michael Oppenheimer & Bill Shanahan, James Cooper & Geoffrey Lloyd and Pascal Ricketts & Paul Thornton. Congratulations to the winning RAC Blue team with 88 IMPs. All hands and results for the evening are on the RAC Bridge Circle website.

Athenaeum vs. RAC
On 11th October 2021, the Athenaeum played its first face-to-face match since February 2020. The match – vs. the RAC – was hosted by the Athenaeum in its Garden Room as a convivial evening of 24 boards. The Athenaeum pairs were John Neilson (Captain) & Donald Singer, Michael Oppenheimer & Bill Shanahan, James Cooper & Geoffrey Lloyd and Hazelanne Lewis & David Morriss. The RAC pairs were Howard Salter (Captain) & Colin Freeman, Fiona & Henry McWatters, Charito McIver & Robin Kilborn and Pauli Laumen & David Wilson. Congratulations to the RAC team who won this matchplay event by 24 IMPs.

Athenaeum vs. MCC
14th January 2021.
The Athenaeum has played its first match of the year - an entertaining online evening of 20 boards against the MCC. The Athenaeum pairs were John Neilson & Donald Singer, Michael Oppenheimer & Bill Shanahan, Pascal Ricketts & Geoffrey Lloyd, Catherine Rice-Evans & Rex Goad. The MCC pairs were Simon & David Alterman, Elliot & Beverly Black, Paul Singer & James Meynell, Shiv Datt & Daniel Flowers. Congratulations to the MCC team who were ahead by 6 IMPs in each half, thus with an overall win by 12 IMPs.

2021 News

News out and about in 2021

Congratulations to Athenaeum member Paul Thornton who on 31st October with his MCC partner Gary Diamond won the RAC Bridge Circle's Ros and Bob Bowman Championship with a fine total of 150 VPs. 40 players competed for the trophy over 48 boards in this Swiss pairs competition. Results for Session I and Session II in the Championship are on the RAC Bridge Circle website.

Paul Thornton (L) and Gary Diamond with the trophy which was presented by Michael Bailey on behalf of the RAC Bridge Circle.

Welcome to Bridge at The Athenaeum
Inter-Club Duplicate at the Athenaeum
Inter-Club Duplicate at the Athenaeum

This is the website for inter-club duplicate tournaments, held with a 6.35pm prompt start on the 3rd Tuesday of most months at the Athenaeum Club in London's Pall Mall.  The Athenaeum is a private members' club. Dinner is held at around 8.30pm, shortly after the mid-point for the evening's hands.

Inter-club duplicate pairs tournaments in person and the Sir Basil Hall Challenge Trophy restarted on Tuesday 21st September. 

Thank you to Athenaeum players and members of our kindred clubs and their partners who have already rejoined us at our inter-club sessions at the Athenaeum.

Members of a St James's or other kindred club wishing to play in these sessions should contact Christina Hemmett at Christina@hellenist.org.uk. 

The dates for future inter-club sessions up to next summer are: 16th November 2021 and in 2022: 18th January, 15th February, 15th March, 17th May, 21st June and 19th July.

Players are requested not to invite professionals as partners.

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*. Bill Shanahan and Michael Oppenheimer are current joint leaders on 61.6% after two rounds in the 2021/2022 season for the Trophy.

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

Results
Interclub Duplicate
Director: Gitte Hecht
Scorer: Gitte Hecht
Athen
Director: Victor Lesk and Caroline Bottoms
Scorer: Victor Lesk and Caroline Bottoms
Athen
Director: Victor Lesk and Caroline Bottoms
Scorer: Victor Lesk and Caroline Bottoms
Calendar
18th Jan 2022
Interclub Duplicate
Athenaeum 6.35pm
Director: Gitte
15th Feb 2022
Interclub Duplicate
Athenaeum 6.35pm
Director: Gitte
15th Mar 2022
Interclub Duplicate
Athenaeum 6.35pm
Director: Gitte
17th May 2022
Interclub Duplicate
Athenaeum 6.35pm
Director: Gitte
21st Jun 2022
Interclub Duplicate
6.35pm
Director: Gitte