In the final day of round robin play, some teams were secure, others were fighting for that precious eighth spot in the qualifying matches for the Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup and D’Orsi Seniors Bowl.
No team had a tide like Sweden in the Venice Cup. The team was in qualifying spot after the fourth of 21 rounds, but from the fifth round through the 20th, they were on the outside looking in.
Then, just like that, a 77-1 win over Barbados in the final match propelled the Swedish women from 10th to eighth, passing Indonesia and Denmark in the process. At one point during the final round, Denmark moved into a qualifying spot, but Sweden took that final spot over the last six deals.
Here are the quarterfinal matchups:
Bermuda Bowl Italy-Russia, Norway-China Long Zhu, Bulgaria-Germany and USA2-Netherlands.
Venice Cup China Long Zhu-Sweden, France Italy, USA1-Spain and USA2-Germany.
D’Orsi Seniors Bowl England-Egypt, Belgium-Indonesia, Poland-Sweden and USA1-USA2.
In the Venice Cup, the two USA teams were told at the captains’ meeting that if they both win, they will automatically be paired in the semi-final round. There is no need for such a condition in the Seniors Bowl, where USA1 and USA2 are paired in the quarter-finals.
In the Venice Cup, Italy gave up seating rights throughout their match with France because an Italian pair are playing two brown-sticker conventions.