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Banten wins Diponegoro University alumni national bridge tournament

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 4, 2019   /   02:25 pm
Banten wins Diponegoro University alumni national bridge tournament Winners of the 2019 Diponegoro University Chief Alumni Cup pose with (from left) Indonesian Bridge Association (GABSI) secretary-general Purba Sianturi, deputy chairman of Diponegoro University Alumni (IKA Undip) Ahmad Muqowam, Djarum Diponegoro Club (DBC) patron Michael Bambang Hartono and organizing committee chairman Catur Agus Saptono on the final day of the tournament in Jakarta on Nov. 3. (DBC/IKA Undip)

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A team from Banten won the 2019 Diponegoro University Chief Alumni Cup in Jakarta on Sunday, receiving Rp 36 million (US$2,568) in prize money, the organizers announced in a statement.

Team Banten -- consisting of Bakti Utama, David Badawi, Yosep Hutasoit, Jonas Karwur and Michael Raranta -- dominated the three-day tournament by collecting 109.42 points.

Meanwhile, Gabrial UI team came in at second with 106.47 points and took home Rp 16 million in prize money. The team was powered by Bambang H. Lukito, Alfa Irinanda, Elwindra, M. Reza, Yeni and Syarifah Nina.

Third place went to the Djarum Diponegoro team, which featured Michael Bambang Hartono --  a 2018 Asian Games participant and Indonesia’s second-wealthiest person -- Suci Amita Dewi, Kristina W. Murniati, S. Supeno and Leslie Gontha. The team, which collected 80.88 points, was awarded Rp 14 million in prize money.

Bambang Hartono, an adviser to the Diponegoro Bridge Club, said bridge had been listed in many multisport events, including the National Games (PON) and the Asian Games. 

“As a sport for the brain, bridge applies gameplay that makes people think rationally and within a pattern. It helps build human resources [of the nation], which is in line with President Jokowi’s [Joko Widodo] program in the next five years,” said Bambang.

Forty-six teams participated in the event, which surpassed the organizer’s expectations. The tournament was streamed online via Bridge Base Online.