In 2001, Geir Helgemo and Tor Helness were on the Norwegian team that lost to Rose Meltzer's squad in the Bermuda Bowl. In Verona, they joined Meltzer, Kyle Larsen, Alan Sontag and Roger Bates to earn their first world championship – the Rosenblum Cup.
It wasn't easy, as the valiant team captained by Christal Henner-Welland team mounted a comeback toward the end of the 64-board match that had Meltzer partisans worried. The rally fizzled out, however, and Meltzer won handily, 179-133.
The bronze medal went to Yadlin, 69-65 winners over Welland in the play-off. Left out of yesterday's report were the McConnell bronze medallists – Katt-Bridge, 70-67 winners over China Global Times.
As the tournament nears its conclusion, the pairs events are entering their final stages.
Leading qualifiers, through play on Wednesday:
• Open Pairs – Jens Auken and Soren Christiansen.
• Women's Pairs – Nikica Sver and Marina Pilipovic.
• Senior Pairs (for the Hiron Trophy) – Nico Klaver and Roald Ramer.
• IMP Pairs – Laurent Thuillez and Wilfred Librecht.