The Botswana Bridge Federation held a pairs tournament on Saturday which was hosted by Medical Aid and in what was a tight contest Nancy Minwila and Dinier Minwila emerged in first place with gold medals plus P1200 cash prize in the Platinum section for the more experienced players.
In the intermediate section, the gold medalists were the pair of Ontlametse Molome and Kgomotso Diporo who also pocketed P500.
In an interview, the Vice President of the Botswana Bridge Federation, Lindelwe Mothibi, said the results would be used to help pick the team for the World Mind Games later in the year. This was echoed by the Public Relations Officer of the Botswana Bridge Federation, Tshepiso Ramaribana, who said the tournament would help improve the competition for places in the national team.
“It is in our expectation that we have the kind of tournaments to help improve the standard of play because the results will help the federation select the players who will in the near future represent the country at different levels of international competitions,” said Ramaribana.
Mothibi added that the competition was high and that there was room for more players and she encourages Batswana to learn more about bridge and says former players ought to lend a hand where they can to help further the game in Botswana. Robyn Leing, who was competing in the adult section, says that she hopes the younger players can continue learning and reminded them that even senior players make mistakes. “The juniors are doing well, they should keep at it, and remember even the best make mistakes,” she said. Mothibi said beginners of bridge would enjoy the game as it challenges the mind and those that are good at mathematics would prosper at the card game.
Results and prizes from the tournament are as follows: Platinum- Section A Gold Medalists- Nancy Minwila & Dinier Minwila Gold + P1200 Silver medalists- Letsogile Mafa & Omphemetse Moedi + P1000 Bronze Medalists- Tebogo Kubanji & Nelson Chaka + P800 4th place- Margie Junner & Jenny Judd P600 Gold -Section B Gold Medalists ÔÇô Ontlametse Molome & Kgomotso Diporo + P500 Silver medalists ÔÇô Baba Khao & Phenyo Molelwane + P400 Bronze Medalists- Mothibedi Sebakeng & Otsile Tsheko + P300 4th place Leonard Babi & Thato Kabiti P200