House of Lords turn the tables.
After losing by a single IMP at the Athenaeum last year, the House of Lords made home advantage tell in this year's fixture, romping to victory by about 80 IMPs. As well as a highly competent quartet of peers, the HoL team was boosted by the presence of top players Kitty Teltscher, and former Athenaeum virtuoso James Cooper (we are assured rumours of "tapping up" are without substance). The Athenaeum team was:
Geoff Lloyd & Tamsin Lewis
Pascal Ricketts & Paul Thornton
Donald Singer & John Neilson
Hazelanne Lewis & Keith Robertson
A game of two halves
The Athenaeum entertained a strong team from the Oxford and Cambridge Club on 25 October, losing by 74 IMPs after being in contention at the interval. Our team was:
Pascal Ricketts & Geoff Lloyd
John Neilson & Donald Singer
Keith Robertson & Bill Shanahan
Richard Collins & David Morriss
Final match of the season
The Athenaeum were hosted on 25th April by the Carlton Club. Spurning the Klinger dictum of abstinence before bridge, a pre-match dinner was enjoyed by both teams, followed by a convincing win by the Carlton by about 90 IMPs over the 24 boards played. The four Athenaeum pairs were Emma Kinloch & Tamsin Lewis, Geoff Lloyd & Pascal Ricketts, John Neilson & Donald Singer and Michael Oppenheimer & Bill Shanahan.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 3 events are on 19th February, 19th March 2019 and 21st May
*Subject, of course to a minimum of 5 appearances; the winner must be a member of a St James's or kindred club
The ever youthful Athenaeum squad of Dorothy and Richard Whittington, Hazelanne Lewis and Ellie Ferguson convincingly won the Club's popular Xmas Pivot Teams event with +72 IMPs. Once again we had a the maximum 11 teams competing, 7 home teams and guest teams from the Oxford & Cambridge, RAC, Reform and Savile Clubs. The Savile rallied strongly after dinner to finish 2nd on +51 IMPs, with Messrs Oppenheimer, Shanahan, Neilson and Singer 3rd on +29.
There were many fine bidding sequences, though disappointingly, no pair managed to bid the cold 6♥ on Bd 6. Indeed only 2 pairs found the 5-4 heart fit, all others playing in 3NT. After 2NT from S, N should bid 3♦ (transfer to ♥), intending to bid 3NT after 3♥. S should jump to 4♥ over 3♦, showing 4-card support and a maximum, and N can now ask for Aces.
The Athenaeum hosted the annual St James's bridge drive on 8 October. This well-established event in the St James's bridge calendar was, as expected, oversubscribed. Forty pairs made their way round the circuit of five clubs, playing six boards at each venue. London's benign autumnal weather continued so nobody got wet en route. The winners were pre-event favourites, RAC's Tony Scouller & Arun Suri, who had a clear lead over the runners-up, Steve Foster & Barrie Gilbert. Meticulous planning by tournament director Victor Lesk, assisted by Caroline Bottoms, ensured the event ran smoothly. The champagne prizes were presented to the winners by Jane Barker, Chair of the Athenaeum General Committee, who was guest of honour at the dinner. Click in this box for results
Athenaeum players took the top 3 places in the May inter-club pairs, with Geoff Lloyd and Ian Fowler 5% clear of the field with 65.9%, ahead of Keith Robertson and Jane Plumptre in 2nd place. Martin Weale and Bill Shanahan were 3rd. Congratulations to Geoff and Ian, the only pair to bid and make 7NT on Board 16. All pairs bid and made game in Board 3, with 4 making 13 tricks in hearts or spades. Suggestions welcome on how slam could have been bid.
Competition for the Sir Basil Hall Challenge Trophy remains very close. Geoff Lloyd has now joined Rex Goad and Catherine Rice Evans at the top of the list in the running for the 2018/19 Trophy.