What happens when you match up two young, bright and talented young men for their first bridge event? You end up with the winners of last July’s first ever Youth Championship: Jake Olson of Blaine, MN, and Eli Jolley of Auburn, AL.
Some think that bridge is only for the retired. Jake and Eli, along with their peers, are fine examples that such is not the case.
"The challenges of bridge are great," says Eli. "Every hand is a new logical puzzle and I love the competition. The partnership aspect of the game is also an asset." Jake agrees. As his entire family plays the game, bridge is a wonderful activity for family time together.
Jake’s father and grandfather, also duplicate players, taught him the game. Eli trained himself by playing online bridge and studying books. Their first championship together was fortuitous; they did not know one another and were randomly paired.
Unfortunately, these two college students will not be defending at the next Youth Championship. Jake shall be "over the hill" at a ripe 20, and ineligible for competition.
Nevertheless, the boys secured 2nd place in Flight C of the Providence City Open Pairs in Boston. And I am sure we have not heard the last of their successes together at the table!