52nd Australian Youth Bridge Championships Canberra, ACT, January 4th – 10th Bulletin 6; January 9th, 2020
Gue Qualifies 1st: Gue Lashed
The Qualifying section of the third Major event was run yesterday. The Qualifying event for the Australian Selection Butler. The top 4 eligible pairs each direction qualify for the Butler being run today and tomorrow. The Butler is a round robin, with 16 board matches. The remaining pairs contest the Consolation/Kiwi/Old-Youth Butler/Otherwise Ineligible Butler.
The Australian Youth Team will compete in the Asia-Pacific Bridge Federation Championships later this year in Perth, they will also be going to Salsomaggiore in Italy later in the year to contest the World Youth Champs. There is a lot to play for.
A few previous Youth representatives are contesting this years event and are looking to earn another spot on the team. There are a few competitors with a good chance of making the team for the first time this year as well. Good luck to all. Don’t play Crazy Pairs. Don’t expect Goulash deals. I heard a quote recently, which tickled my fancy, and I think is great advice to all the contenders in today’s event. It was from one of the USA Juniors with a cool name:
“The difference between old person bridge
and junior bridge is that you win at old person
bridge by playing like a junior, and you win at
junior bridge by playing like an old person”
– Cornelius Duffie
Butler Qualifying Event
The first stage of our qualifying event for the Australian Under-25 or Under-26 team started today. All the participants played in a one day qualifier across a North-South and East-West field. The North-South winners were New Zealand’s Brad Johnston & Chinese-New Zealand’s Ryan Song. The East-West winners were New Zealand’s Sammy Coutts & Aussie Mitch Dowling. Congratulations to all our winners! Some players or pairs were ineligible to represent Australia (too old, too young, too Kiwi) so the top 4 eligible pairs (highlighted) will form our Butler Final today. The remaining pairs will play the Consolation Butler along side the main event. Good luck in the next event which starts today.
The Under 25 or 26 team chosen from this event will join an Under 21 team and an Under 16 (!) team in Perth for the Asia-Pacific Championships later this year.
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