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Young Bridge Challenge

The Young Bridge Challenge is a half-day teams events for school-age bridge players held at Loughborough Grammer School in the spring.

The event starts with a Swiss teams event where each team plays a few boards against each of about four other teams. In each round teams are assigned to play opponents with approximately the same score.

After the tea break, the top single-school teams play off for the Schools Cup (a single-school team trophy) and the others play for the Harry Scully Trophy.

There is also an event aimed at the less experienced players who will play fewer boards at a rather slower pace and may also receive some coaching.

Further details about the Young Bridge Challenge are here on the EBU website.

EBU Masterpoints

Blue Masterpoints are awarded for each match won and also to the top teams in each of the Schools Cup and Harry Scully trophy.

Schools Challenge March 2018
Schools Challenge March 2018

24 teams of four from all over the country competed in this event, and local representation was provided by 3 teams from Oxfordshire and 2 from Reading in Berkshire. The Reading A team qualified from the pool into the knock out, but were unfortunate to come fourth. The local success came from the Reading B team consisting of Euan Sarson, David Fryer, Will Clennell and Matthew Wadsworth who won the schools plate. This meant coming second from the remaining 20 teams, only being beaten by a mixed, but experienced team of international players. The three teams from Oxfordshire, mainly based around its junior bridge club, came respectable 6th, 10th and 11th in the plate, so can feel pleased with themselves, as many will be at school for some time yet.

Loughborough - 4th March 2017
Loughborough - 4th March 2017

The Dragon team of Will Wauchope, Thomas Potter, Freddie Yu and Richmond Yeung came 3rd in the Schools Cup beating the usual prestigious schools, the Perse, Haberdashers Aske, Manchester Grammar, Loughborough Grammar, RGS Malvern and managed to trounce Eton College in the playoff for 3rd place! See below for a hand from this match reported by Andrew Robson in The Times. They succumbed only to the winners,Westminster and the runners up, St. Paul's!

20 teams entered this year and our Junior Bridge Team of Zane Soonawalla, Jacob Potter, George and Elizabeth Cooper came 8th in the Harry Scully Trophy, a cup for teams from different schools.
Henry Rose's Under 16 second team came 2nd in the Harry Scully Trophy, narrowly beaten by the Under 16 first team.

For more pictures refer to our blog - see left hand column.

Below is the hand from The Times: