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Team Fenesta win team event of the prestigious All India Shree Cement Bridge Championship Bridge Championship
(From L to R) Members of Team Fenesta Badal Das, Shibnath Dey Sarkar, Kaushik Mukherjee, Pranab Bardhan, Richa Shriram and Ranjan Bhattacharya

Team Fenesta win team event of the prestigious All India Shree Cement Bridge Championship

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 16 May 2022, 02:28 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: Asian Games gold medalists Shibnath Dey Sarkar and Pranab Bardhan added one more feather in their crown when they joined Richa Shriram, Badal Das, Kaushik Mukherjee and Ranjan Bhattacharya of Team Fenesta to win the team event of the prestigious All India Shree Cement Bridge Championship.

They defeated Hope & Prey by 105 -87 International Match Points (IMPs) in an exciting final on the concluding day of the meet at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre here Sunday.

Hope & Prey represented by Shambhu Nath Ghosh, Joy Narayan, Sukanta Das  and Bhaskar Sarkar ended  runners up.

The title for the Pairs  event went to World cuppers Keyzad Anklesaria & Rajeshwar Tewari  while India internationals D Mazumder & Sumit Mukherjee remained contended with the second position.

The Final of the team event of the tournament, organised by the Corporate Bridge Association of India, saw Hope & Prey putting up a tough fight before bowing down against a much experienced rival.

(From L to R) Members of Hope & Prey Joy Narayan , Shambhu Nath Ghosh, Sukanta Das and Bhaskar Sarkar(From L to R) Members of Hope & Prey Joy Narayan , Shambhu Nath Ghosh, Sukanta Das and Bhaskar Sarkar

In fact  it was  Hope & Prey who started well and was leading 18- 13 and  20 -18 in the 1st and 2nd round of the title clash. 

Stung by the reverse Team Fenesta pulled up their socks in the third round  and with fine bidding and acumen  overtook their opponent scoring 46 against 21  by Hope & Prey to force a lead of 18 points.

The fourth round saw both the teams fighting evenly and  scored 28 each  which paved the way for Team Fenesta to win the championship.

An ecstatic Shibnath after the victory said, "We are indeed very happy ,specially me and Pranab as this is our major achievement after the last Asian Games Gold."

"At the same time We must praise our younger rivals. They played really well. I hope they would  do even better in the days to come," Shibnaith added.

Fenesta received a purse of Rs. 80,000 .00 which is winners stake while Hope & Prey got Rs.60 000.00 for finishing runners up.

Earlier in the semi finals team Fenesta defeated Maya Meera Snehya by 116-58 IMPs and Hope & Prey narrowly beat Baneet by 90- 88 IMPs.

Following are the top six finishers in Pairs Event of the meet:

1.Keyzad Anklesaria ,&  Rajeshwar Tewari

2.D Mazumder & Sumit Mukherjee

3.prosenjit Manna & Joyrup Mullick

4.Hasibul  Hasan & Arabinda Roy

5.Animesh Raj & Swapan Desai

6.Sandeep Thakral & Jaggi Shivdasani.

(Reporting by Manik Banerjee)