Georgia Tech Team Wins Collegiate Bridge Championship

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Georgia Tech Team Wins Collegiate Bridge Championship

Kristen Bailey | July 31, 2017
• Atlanta, GA

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Georgia Tech won the 2017 Collegiate Bridge Bowl Championship: Arjun Dhir, Santhosh Karnik, Charles Wang and Zhuangdi Xu. In the final, they defeated the University of Chicago 80-37. Image courtesy of the North American Bridge Championships Daily Bulletin.

Last week, a team from the Bridge Club at Georgia Tech won the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Collegiate Championship in Toronto, Canada.

After making it through a preliminary round of matches on Saturday, July 22, Tech players faced a team from the University of California, Berkeley, in the semifinals, defeating them 65-58. The final match on July 23 was against the University of Chicago, which Georgia Tech won 80-37 to claim the title. The Tech team also won a $12,000 prize in scholarship money to be divided among the team members.

Charles Wang, a member of the championship-winning team who graduated in May with degrees in chemistry and computer science, first learned bridge in high school but only recently began viewing it in competitive terms.

“After we qualified for the collegiate event, I started taking things more seriously,” he said. “While I think I’ve improved a lot, I also realize that I’ve only just begun to grasp the subtleties and complexities of bridge. I still have a long way to go.”

Wang described the Bridge Club as relaxed, where members meet to play and discuss the game. Giorgio Casinovi, senior research engineer in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, serves as faculty sponsor and coach and prepares short lessons for the group, along with Patty Tucker, a local bridge expert.

“She often comes by to give us additional lessons that have helped us improve greatly,” Wang said. “She has also helped us practice against very good players, which I enjoyed a lot. …

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