norway capture bermuda bowl
as usa win in women and seniors

Bermuda Bowl - Norway
Boye Brogeland, Glenn Groetheim, Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness, Erik Saelensminde, Ulf Tundal, Sten Bjertnes (npc) and Vegard Brekke (coach)


Venice Cup - USA 1
Jill Levin, Irina Levitina, Jill Meyers, Hansa Narasimhan, Debbie Rosenberg, Joanna Stansby and Gail Moss Greenberg (npc)


NORWAY scored a clear victory over a US veteran team to win their first ever title in the Bermuda Bowl competition, and admit their country to the club of World Open Team Championships winners. The Norwegian team, comprised exclusively players who have distinguished themselves in youth competitions over the past 20 years, winning medals in European and World youth events. Now they have scored their biggest success by capturing the Bermuda Bowl, symbol of world supremacy at bridge. The final match against USA was close only in the first half; thereafter the descendants of the Vikings left no room for doubt and emerged comfortable winners at the end of the final, with a margin of some 90 IMPs. This victory was long overdue, and came following a list of Norway's near misses in the Bermuda Bowl – second in Chile in 1993, third in Tunisia in 1997, second in Paris in 2001 and third in Monaco in 2003. The Netherlands finished in third place, beating an impressive South African team in the playoff. This was the second gold medal for a Nordic country (following Iceland's astonishing victory in Yokohama '91), and the 20th title for Europe (14 thanks to Italy, 2 by France and one each by Great Britain, Iceland, The Netherlands and Norway); USA has won the Bermuda Bowl 17 times, while Brazil is the only country from the rest of the world to have attained such a success.

USA scored most medals at the 38th World Team Championships. Besides ending up in second place in the Bermuda Bowl, they won easily the women series and captured the Venice Cup, beating Germany in the final. Third place went to China who outscored France in the playoff. USA leads the race in the women series, having won the Venice Cup 10 times, against Europe's 6 (two each by Great Britain and Germany, one by France and one by The Netherlands).


Senior Bowl - USA 2
Roger Bates, Grant Baze, Bart Bramley, Rose Meltzer, Alan Sontag, Lew Stansby, Kyle Larsen (npc) and Patty Magnus (coach)


Transnational Open Teams - Zimmermann
Michel Bessis (France), Thomas Bessis (France), Fulvio Fantoni (Italy), Franck Multon (France), Claudio Nunes (Italy) and Pierre Zimmermann (Switzerland)


USA were victorious also in the Senior series and retained the Seniors Bowl in their possession, beating comfortably Indonesia in the final match. Another USA team took the bronze medal outscoring Brazil in the playoff. Senior bridge appears to be totally dominated by USA, as they have won all 4 titles contested so far.

Finally, the team led by Switzerland's Pierre Zimmermann and comprising French and Italian players, finished atop 147 other contestants to win the World Transnational Open Teams Championships. Zimmermann beat Russia on the final deal of the tournament to win the match with a margin of 4 IMPs. The bronze medal of this championship went to Germany.

The 38th World Team Championships were held in Shanghai's International Convention Centre, and were splendidly organized. For the first time ever, recording of the bidding and play of the hands was made electronically via the BridgeMate. Running scores were available in real time, while the hand, bidding and play records could be obtained shortly afterwards. The headquarters hotel, the Oriental Riverside Hotel, left nothing to be desired, and so did the other tournament services as the result of a fruitful cooperation between the World Bridge Federation and the Chinese Contract Bridge Association. The Victory Banquet was a most spectacular occasion with some great shows performed by Chinese children and some of their famous acrobats.

The 2007 World Bridge Championships, comprising the Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup, Seniors Bowl and Transnational Open Teams competitions, took place in Shanghai, China, 29 September to 13 October 2007.

The Bermuda Bowl is the symbol of world supremacy at bridge. It is awarded to the winner of the open teams competition between the representatives of the WBF geographical zones. Since its inauguration in 1950, the competition had been played 37 times. So far, the United States of America were victorious 17 times, while their European rival, Italy, prevailed 14 times. The other titles were won by France (twice), Great Britain, Brazil, Iceland and The Netherlands.

The Venice Cup is awarded to the winner of the zonal competition for women players. It was established in 1974 and until the 37th World Bridge Championships, held in Estoril, only four countries had won it. The United States of America lead the race with 9 titles, while Europe follows with six successes achieved by Great Britain (twice), Germany (twice), The Netherlands and France, the reigning champion.

The Senior Bowl is a new competition for senior players (58 years of age or older). Representative teams from all zones are invited to participate. The only winners in the competition so far have been the United States of America. They won the inaugural event, in 2001 in Paris, France; in 2003, in Monte Carlo, Monaco; and in 2005, in Estoril, Portugal.

The World Transnational Open Teams Championship came into being in 1997 in Hammamet, Tunisia. It is contested by teams nominated by the NBOs without nationality or other restrictions. The first winners were the team led by Leandro Burgay of Italy, while the last event held in Estoril, Portugal 2005, was won by the Schneider team, comprising two Polish players and two players from the U.S.A.

For detailed information on past events, see the World Team Championships section and the World Transnational Open Team Championships section or the sites of the particular competitions.

11th World Computer-Bridge Championship

4-9 October 2007


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