|Only France Can Relaxt
|USA I vs Germany
(VC) QF 3
|Norway vs Italy
(BB) SemiFinal 3
Yesterday saw some exciting bridge, as
the eight teams contesting the semifinals of the Bermuda
Bowl and the Venice Cup traded IMPs. With two sessions
to play today, only France's Venice Cup team can be
confident of reaching a final. They have simply been too strong
for USA II, especially in the second session, which
they won 64-8 IMPs.
It is hard to predict whom they will meet,
as although Germany has looked like pulling away on
several occasions, Austria is still in contention.
Still, with a 19 IMP advantage, it is Germany who will
sleep the sounder.
In the Bermuda Bowl, USA II
took an early lead over Poland and maintained it throughout
the day, to go into today's concluding deals 23 IMPs ahead.
Meanwhile Norway is in a strong position to end the
hopes of Italy. There was a point during the second
session when the Italians appeared to be continuing where
they left off against USA I, but they could not consolidate
and since then their opponents have taken full advantage of
some uncharacteristic Italian errors. 46 IMPs is not decisive,
but the wind will need to change direction.