Ilyes Griffault and Tom Levacher
Ilyes Griffault and Tom Levacher train every Wednesday morning in the college bridge room.
The Pierre-Mendès-France college, in Parthenay, can be proud. Two of his students won, last Sunday, the French School Bridge Pairs Championship, in cadet category 1. These are Tom Levacher, already crowned two years ago, and Ilyes Griffault, both comrades of class in 4th. Health context requires, the two 13-year-old boys competed in this online competition, in which 26 pairs participated. “They played for five hours at home in front of their computer with a camera and sound,” explains Geraldine Gadé, math teacher and head of the school bridge section within the establishment. These particular conditions did not disturb the college students, who obtained the best score after 24 deals. “It’s a huge performance”, rejoices their teacher. “It’s a good tournament to learn. This allows us to play against players from all over France” notes Tom. With Ilyes, he trains twice a week – including Wednesday mornings in a dedicated school room – to improve his skills in this “unlike any other” card game . “It’s very complex and strategic,” he insists. The two students, who discovered bridge in 6th year, are now waiting to receive their medal. For next year, they aim to qualify for the final of the French Cadet 2 Championships in Paris.

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