Shree Cement upset Formidables to win Tolani Grand Prix bridge meet

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Mumbai, Oct 31 (UNI) Shree Cement team (Kolkata) (Manas Mukherjee, Rana Roy, Subrata Saha, Bivas Todi and Subir Majumder) beat fancied Formidables from Delhi (Kiran Nadar, B Satyanarayana, Rajesh Dalal, Subhash Gupta, KR Venkatraman and Sunit Chokshi) by 31 IMPs (155-124) to win the team of four duplicate bridge event in the Rs 5 lakh Tolani Grand Prix here last night.

The winners, who had won the HCI title earlier, won Rs 1.5 lakh and the runners-up got Rs 1 lakh.

Kiran Nadar's side had the better of the exchanges in the first and second segments in the 64-board final. But in the final segment, when the difference was just 14 IMPs (113-99), Shree Cement benefited by 14 IMPs from a slam bid that went down and a 42-26 score to prevail.

The win also gave them a berth in the BFI selection trials to pick the Indian team for the Beijing Bridge Olympiad 2008.

R Venkatesh/R Krishnan won the pairs event with a total of 555.13 points beating to second place Bengal's AN Banerjee/Sumit Mukherjee (539.80) with another Bengal pair SN Dey Sarkar/P Bardhan (533.76) third.


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