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REPORT

ENGLAND UNDER 20S REACH QUARTER-FINALS IN TAICANG

CONGRATULATIONS to the England

U-20s who reached the quarter-finals of the

Youngster Series at the 14th World Youth

Championships held in late July in Taicang,

China, where they lost against the eventual

winners, Poland. It is worth noting that

these were not the same, more experienced,

players who qualified for the World Cham-

pionship last summer, as a (very) late

change in the age-regulations by the World

Bridge Federation meant that only two of

the original team – Alex Roberts and

Shivam Shah – were still eligible to play.

Non-playing captain Michael Byrne says:

‘Toby Nonnenmacher, Michael Alishaw,

Chris Huber and Freddie Illingworth only

made their international debut last Decem-

ber in the Channel Trophy, and have never

played even a European before. Although

Shivam (the oldest member of the team!)

has played several, Alex had never played a

World Championship before and only

England Under-20s, from the left: Alan Shillitoe (Coach), Chris Huber, Alex Roberts, Freddie played one European last summer. I think

Illingworth, Toby Nonnenmacher, Michael Alishaw, Michael Byrne (N.P.C.); inset: Shivam Shah. they all have a great future ahead of them.’

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