Stamford Youth Bridge Academy's third inter-schools tournament takes place
About 100 pupils took part in Stamford Youth Bridge Academy’s third inter-schools tournament last Friday.
The competitors came from eight primary schools and four secondary schools some nervous, some excited but all enthusiastic.
Eight primary schools and four senior schools participated with another three ‘newbie’ schools disappointingly being turned away because, again, this year the tournament was oversubscribed.
Another SYBA milestone was reached in that on all 25 tables Bridge Mates were used to score electronically. The youngest competitor was seven years old and the oldest was 15. The oldest buddy/soach on duty was Bob, 82 years young.
Alan Shillitoe, England Junior under 16 Squad Leader and two International Juniors joined the tournament, ‘spotting’ for emerging talent and some lucky players were invited to join a training session. Donna Wright, chief executive of English Bridge Education and Development presented the prizes. Paul Double, president of SBC congratulated and thanked all the young participants, prize winners, schools and buddies.
Lincolnshire county player and U26 England squad member, Aaron Hutton, assisted at the event with his team-mate Kripa Panchagnula.
Aaron said: “It was a wonderful event, with seven tables of bridge and many more tables of minibridge.
“It was great to help ensure the event ran smoothly and I enjoyed watching the children try to decide how to bid and how to play their contract.
“The children had a break half-way through, in which they were excitedly comparing their results trying to work out who had more plus scores.”
The event also allowed the helpers and Alan Shillitoe to spot potential talent which they can try to push forward, some of which I heard have been invited to U16 training sessions. My personal favourite moment was when I saw a young girl finesse the T with KJ96 opposite Q8, which worked out perfectly on the hand.”
1 st N/S: Nicholas Gibbon (Stamford Welland Acadamy) & Edward Jones
(Stamford Endowed Schools)
1 st E/W: Eryn Harrison & Tom Gosling (Ellison Boulters)
1 st N/S: William Wood-Davis & Ted Clark (Oundle Primary)
1 st E/W: Lucy Taylor & Lucie Lund (Bourne Westfield)
The SYBA Cup, presented to the school for outstanding performance over the
academic year was awarded to Baston Primary School. Harriet Cork and
Imogen Eason played against the best Under 16s in the Loughborough National
Bridge Schools Cup Challenge coming 7 th overall achieving another milestone
reached for SYBA.
72 Minibridge certificates and 28 Bronze certificates were presented.