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No. : 14 • Saturday, 12 September 2009

Gold for China and England


Venice Cup winners Yan Ru, Dong Yongling, Sun Ming, Liu Yi Qian,
Wang Wenfei and Wang Hongli

Winners of the D’Orsi Seniors Bowl: David Price, Paul Hackett, Colin Simpson,
npc Peter Baxter, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Ross Harper.
Table of Contents Page
Gold for China and England 1
China Long Zhu - France (Venice Cup Semifinal 5) 2
Italy - USA2 (Bermuda Bowl Final 3) 3
China Long Zhu - USA1 (Venice Cup Final 2) 4
Italy - USA2 (Bermuda Bowl Final 4) 5
Quinn's Triple Play 6
Unlucky, but... 7
Debbie's Delight and Welland's Wish 8
An Edit Too Speedy 9

Two teams taking different routes to their respective championships became gold medal winners on Friday as China Long Zhu captured the Venice Cup and England won the D’Orsi Seniors Bowl.

The first Venice Cup victory for China they have two seconds and two thirds came in a dominating 220-148 victory against a strong American team USA2. China won five of the six sets, losing only the last 19-18 when the issue was just about settled.

With the victory, four members of the Chinese team became World Grand Masters, the highest rank in the World Bridge Federation. They are Liu Yi Qian, Sun Ming, Wang Hongli and Wang Wenfei. Another Chinese player, Zhong Fu, also achieved World Grand Master rank in Sao Paulo.

In contrast to China’s win, England had to come back from a serious deficit against their Seniors Bowl opponents from Poland. After falling behind 59-1 in the first set (62.67 including carryover), England knuckled down and played tough the rest of the way, particularly on Friday, when they surrendered only 47 IMPs over 48 boards to emerge with a 187-163.67 decision.

England’s win was the first in the event for a non-USA squad. The Seniors Bowl was inaugurated in 2001.

While the Venice Cup and Seniors Bowl crowned their champions, USA2 and Italy continued their battle in the Bermuda Bowl. With 32 deals to play today, the Americans are ahead by 68.33 IMPs.

In the World Transnational Open Teams, Apreo Logistic Poland holds a 34-32.5 lead over the Pierre Zimmerman team with 32 deals to play.

The winners of the City of Sao Paulo Cup are Oyzum: Ernesto Muzzio, Alejandro Bianchedi, Marta Putz and Dragan Markovic.



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