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Anyone wishing to discuss playing bridge at the Athenaeum should contact John Neilson at johnneilson@blueyonder.co.uk. 
 
Inter-club duplicate pairs tournaments are currently suspended due to public health advice re minimising the spread of COVID-19.
 
When regular Athenaeum duplicate bridge evenings resume, please arrive by 18.30: play starts promptly at 18.35.

2020 Club Matches

Athenaeum win v. House of Lords
In an entertaining match played on 26th February 2020 over 24 boards, it was the Athenaeum's turn to make home advantage tell in this year's fixture against the House of Lords, with a victory by 68 IMPs.  
The Athenaeum team was Geoff Lloyd & Pascal Ricketts, Catherine Rice-Evans & Rex Goad, Donald Singer & John Neilson and Paul Thornton & Jane Plumptre. Representing the House of Lords were James Cooper (also of the Athenaeum) & Tessa Blackstone, Hazel Byford & Malcolm Caithness, Archie Hamilton & Tim Blackstone and Ruth Henig & Richard Cumming-Bruce.

Out and about: 2020

Success for Athenaeum member Paul Thornton in Premier EBU event

Congratulations to Athenaeum member Paul Thornton who took 3rd place with his Cumbrian partner Dave Harrison in the recent 2020 EBU Premier Life Masters Pairs event. This event is reserved for Premier Life Masters and partners who rank very highly in the EBU’s National Grading Scheme. 

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, 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 John Neilson at johnneilson@blueyonder.co.uk. Players are requested not to invite professionals as partners. 
 

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 18.35 prompt.  Please arrive by 18.30 to allow time for registration etc.


Inter-club duplicate
 pairs tournaments are currently suspended due to public health advice re minimising the spread of COVID-19. Future dates also at risk of cancellation include inter-club events in the 2020-2021 series on 15th September, 20th October and 17th November 2020.  


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.

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

 
 
  Joint first place for Doble & Milner and Goad & Rice-Evans in February inter-club tournament

16 pairs competed over 21 boards on Tuesday 18th February in the latest Athenaeum Club duplicate series bridge tournament of the 2019-2020 series. First place was shared on 63.9% by pairs Nan Doble & Mike Milner and Rex Goad & Catherine Rice-Evans. Third place went to Ric Cresswell & Michael Pater on 62.3%. Congratulations to all the winners.

Many thanks to Gitte Hecht who was our excellent Tournament Director. 

Ric Cresswell & Michael Pater now share the lead for this year’s Sir Basil Hall Trophy.

The next Athenaeum Interclub evening will be on Tuesday 17th March, starting promptly at 6.35 pm. Anyone wishing to play should contact John Neilson at johnneilson@blueyonder.co.uk

  Strong win for Pater & Cresswell in January interclub duplicate pairs

18 pairs competed over 22 boards on Tuesday 21st January in the first Athenaeum Club duplicate series bridge tournament of 2020. Congratulations to Michael Pater & Ric Cresswell who finished in 1st place with an impressive score of 71.0%. Second place went to Virginia Lynch & Diane Burley with 59.7% and 3rd place to Chantal Girardin & Elsa Nelson with 58.5%.

Many thanks to Gitte Hecht who was our excellent Tournament Director. 

The next Athenaeum Interclub evening will be on Tuesday 18th February, starting promptly at 6.35 pm. Anyone wishing to play should contact John Neilson at johnneilson@blueyonder.co.uk

  2019 Athenaeum Pivot Teams Evening

An entertaining Pivot Teams Event was held at the Athenaeum on 17th December 2019. Twelve teams of 4, including guest teams from the Oxford and Cambridge Club, the RAC and the Reform Club, competed over 20 boards during the evening. 

The event was won by Athenaeum players John Neilson, Donald Singer, Bill Shanahan and Michael Oppenheimer with 49 IMPs. 

There was a very close contest for second and third podium places, with second placed team Jane Plumtre, Charles King-Farlow, Nita Wheeler and Andrew Harris scoring 39 IMPs and third placed team Geoff Lloyd, Pascal Ricketts, Lis Long and Michael Atkinson on 38 IMPs. 

Many thanks to Paul Thornton who directed the evening so expertly.  He has subsequently reviewed the scores and concluded that the NS and EW hands on board 16 may have been switched during the evening. He has concluded that voiding this board would not materially affect the outcome.

  Tie for first place in November inter-club duplicate pairs

In a closely contested match, sixteen pairs competed over 21 boards for the November Athenaeum inter-club pairs tournament – the top 6 pairs were separated by less than 5 points. Congratulations to visiting pairs Shahzaad Natt & Richard Herner and Elsa Nelson & Randa Snow who shared first place with a score of 60.3%. Athenaeum member Paul Thornton and his guest Tessa Blackstone were in 3rd place with 57.5%.
You can see full results and hands from the evening on the Results tab in the menu on the top left of the webpage.

The next Athenaeum inter-club pairs tournament is on Tuesday evening 21st January 2020. For more on how to enter the tournament and information about the associated Sir Basil Spence Challenge Trophy, see the Inter-club Duplicate section on the website.

  Close battle in October Athenaeum inter-club duplicate bridge tournament

 A strong performance by Athenaeum member Catherine Rice-Evans and her guest Rex Goad won them the October Inter-Club duplicate pairs with a fine score of 63.8% over 21 boards, the second event in the 2019-2020 Athenaeum inter-club series. Athenaeum player Laurence Baker and guest Mary Baker finished in second place on 61.9% with Athenaeum pair Geoff Lloyd and Pascal Ricketts a close third with 61.4%.

  First results in 2019-2020 Athenaeum duplicate bridge tournament series

Athenaeum pair John Neilson & Donald Singer led the field with a score of 63.5% over 21 boards in the September inter-club pairs, the first event in the 2019-2020 Athenaeum Inter-Club duplicate pairs tournament series. O & C pair Sandie Grant & Soheila Munroe finished in second place on 61.7% with Athenaeum player Charles King-Farlow and his guest Stephen Gare a very close third with 61.5%.

The evening's results are the first to contribute towards the next annually presented Sir Basil Hall Challenge Trophy, which is awarded for the best average for the 5 highest scores in inter-club duplicate tournaments from September to July. No more than 3 of the scores may be with the same partner. The winner must be a member of a St James's or kindred club.

  Winner of 2018/19 duplicate series
Winner of 2018/19 duplicate series

Athenaeum member Pascal Ricketts (left) winner of the 2018/19 duplicate series, receiving the Sir Basil Hall Trophy from Athenaeum Bridge chair John Neilson.

The trophy - a splendid Edwardian silver bowl - was purchased courtesy of a generous bequest from the late Sir Basil Hall, Treasury Solicitor from 1975 - 1980.

See left for more on the Athenaeum duplicate bridge series and the Sir Basil Hall Challenge Trophy.

Results
Interclub Duplicate
Director: Gitte Hecht
Scorer: Gitte Hecht
Interclub Duplicate
Director: Gitte Hecht
Scorer: Gitte Hecht
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