India’s Under-31 bridge team won a historic bronze medal at the recently concluded World Youth Championships at Veldhoven, Netherlands, on Monday.
India beat China by 12 IMPs. The match was played over three sets and 54 boards. They took a slender lead of three IMPs after first set (43-40) but lost the second set 27-36, with the lead shifting to China. However, in the last set, the Indians clinched the issue 42-28 to bag the World Youth Championships bronze medal. At the same time, France claimed the gold medal while the silver went to Belgium.
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India U-31 team was led by coach and non-playing captain Shib Nath Dey Sarkar. Shib Nath won a gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. Meanwhile, the Indian team was represented by three pairs of Sayantan Kushari-Sagnik Roy, Pritam Das-Souvik Kar, and Swarnashish Chatterjee-Wrik Chakraborty.
Bridge is also a part of the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China. The Indian senior team will earlier take part in the World Championship to be held in Morocco later this month.