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2011 Yeh Bros Cup Invitational Bridge Championships: Lavazza and Zaleski play

Posted on 06 April 2011

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2011 Yeh Bros Cup Invitational Bridge Championships. Around 50 of the world’s best players in a 28 team tournament, one of the biggest money events, The Yeh Bros Cup Invitational Bridge Championships will take place at the charming town of Wuxi Jiangsu, China, from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd of the month. The event, which is generously sponsored by the eponymous Mr Chen Yeh, has a total prize pool of about $190,000, with the winning team taking approximately $100,000.

Initially the event was an annual affair, since 2009 it is now every two years.

It’s an invitational torunament: in this years event two teams from Italy have been invited, Lavazza and Zaleski.

For Italy this event has been a happy hunting ground, winning in 2004 and 2005, two bronze medals in 2006 and 2007. The last Italian success is 2008,  a silver won by  Benito Garozzo team: Dano DeFalco, Gabriella Olivieri, Alfredo Versace, Valerio Giubilo (photo).

The format. Qualifying: 10 Swiss matches of 10 boards each.5-match/day played from 9:30-18:30. The top 8 teams (including Mr Yeh’s team) will advance to the double knock-out (bracket A) group. The 9-16 teams will advance to the single knock-out (bracket B) group. Knock-out: Four matches of 32 boards each to be played in 2 stanzas of 16 boards over Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:30 – 20:20 each day. Final: 48 boards over 2 segments of 24 boards each. The undefeated team has a 6.5 imps carry-over. Play-off for 3rd place, no carry-over. 

To close the event on 21 and 22 April an invitational pairs tournament will be played: The award for first prize is $ 20,000.

Let’s have a look at some of the other participating teams: In the list we can find, more or less, the national representatives of Bulgaria, Poland, Israel, Holland, England, Iceland, Sweden, Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Taipei and Hong Kong. In addition, the team Hampson (Hampson-Gitelman and Joe Grue with Curtis Cheek, brilliant in the last National American) and the team of Morris Chang (in which militate Peter Weichsel and Mark Lair) to represent the USA. Last but not least some very strong Chinese teams.

These are the italian teams:

Maria Teresa Lavazza (captain) Norberto Bocchi, Giorgio, Agustin Madala , Antonio Sementa.

Romain Zaleski (captain) Apek Kowalski, Valerio Giubilo, Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace.

Full event will be broadcast on BBO vugraph.

Further information on official website:


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