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2012 November – Bridge World News

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USA – Zia Mahmood and Chip Martel won the 2012 Nail Life Master Open Pairs. Runners up were Cecilia Rimstedt of Sweden and Meike Wortel of the Netherlands. This event is held at the Fall North American Bridge Championship and is restricted to players that have achived a Life Master rating. It is named after Bobby Nail, a 1974 winner.

The Netherlands – Dutch bridge star Erik Kirchhoff died at the age of 60.  He represented his country on many occasions winning twice bronze medals at European and World Championships. Kirchhoff was one of the founding editors of Bridge Magazine IMP and a very successful coach of the Dutch open team and the junior team.

Argentina – The Argentine Bridge Association (ABA) announced the best players of the year 2012  in Women, Open and Juniors categories. In the Women category the best player of the year is Liliana Moirano (Schenone Cup); in the Open category the best player of the year is Walter Fornasari (Cabanne Cup); in the Juniors category the best players of the years are ex aequo Felipe Ferro and Francisco Monte de Oca (Rochi Cup). More, the Aba published the updated Historical Ranking: The best Argentine players of all time are Guillermo Rafael Mooney, S. Martin Monsegur e Jorge Alberto Gueglio.

Italy –  Rosanna Pisani and Leonardo Marino won Italian Mixted Pairs Championships. Second place to Mihaela Popa and  Andrea Manno, third place to  Ornella Colonna and Luigi Ligambi. The final stages of Italian Mixted Pairs Championships were held 15th to 18th of November 2012 at Palazzo dei Congressi  in Salsomaggiore Terme (next to Parma, Italy).

England – 2013 Bermuda Bowl Selections:  David Gold, Tony Forrester, Andrew Robson, Alexander Allfrey, Tom Townsend and David Bakhshi have been selected to represent England in the Bermuda Bowl (Open category) at World Team Championships in Bali (Indonesia) 16th-29th September 2013. Reserves, captain and coach are to be announced.

England Team Hinden (Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton, Chris Jagger) won the 2012 English Premier League. Allfrey (Alex Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Peter Crouch, Derek Patterson) went to second place. The winning team will be offered to represent England in the Camrose Trophy either in January in Northern Ireland or in March in the Republic of Ireland. Allfrey will be offered the weekend Hinden does not select. The English Premiere League was held in three week-ends: The first stage was played on 22nd – 23rd September; the second one on 27th – 28th October and  the third one  on 9th – 11th November.

Portugal – The 15th Madeira International Bridge Open 2012. Akinom team from Poland won the Teams tournament: Ierk Kowalczyk, Tomek Wisniewski, Monika Sataux and Jurek Pietrusza. Helmut Häusler and Michael Gromöller from Germany won the Pairs event. The Madeira festival was held from the 5th to the 11th of November at the CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA.

Monaco – The 2013 edition of the Cavendish Invitational will be hosted by the Principality of Monaco. The first agreement between the Monaco Bridge Federation (FMB) and the World Bridge Productions (WBP – a company of Bob Hamman, Roy Welland, Bill Rosenbaum and Bob Blanchard) provided that the Cavendish was held in Las Vegas in odd years and in Monaco in the even years. After the success of 2012 Monaco Cavendish, Mr Jean-Charles Allavena, President of the Monaco Bridge  Federation, announced that the WBP will not organize the Cavendish in Las Vegas next year and, therefore, the Principality will be pleased to welcome back the prestigious event.

France – The French Bridge Federation announced the trials for the participation in the forthcoming European Open Championships that should be held in Sanremo (Italy) in June 2013. The selections, for Open and Mixted sections, will be held 3 to 6 January 2013.

Italy – The Italian Bridge Federation announced the trials for the participation in the forthcoming European Open Championships. All the trials stages, for Open, Women and Seniors Pairs and Teams tournaments, will be held from 2013 January to March.

USA – Cheri Bjerkan, Bob Katz & Howard Weinstein were nominated to serve three year terms on the USBF Board of Directors, starting on January 1, 2013. Thus, the full Board in 2013 will be: Cheri Bjerkan, George Jacobs, Bob Katz, Ralph Katz, Sylvia Moss, Howard Weinstein and Jonathan Weinstein.

England – The second stage of English Premiere League has been played on 27th – 28th October.  Team Ewart (Ewart-Hallberg, Justin and Jason Hackett, and Small-King) is on lead. The other eight participating teams are: Mossop, Hinden, Fegarty, De Botton, Allfrey, Sinclair and Cope. The English Premiere League is held in three week-ends. The first stage was played on 22nd – 23rd September; the third one will be played on 9th – 11th November. The Premier League is used as a selection process for the 2013 Camrose Trophy to be held on 4th-6th January in Northern Ireland and 1st 3rd March in the Republic of Ireland.

Australia – Sidney Spring Nationals: Ron Klinger’s Team (with Matt Mullamphy, Bob Richman, and  Hugh Grosvenor) won the 2012  National Open Teams Tournament. Andrew Peake and Michael Whibley won the Open Pairs Tournament. Lynn Kalmin, Lorna Ichilcik, Avril Zets and Judy Osie won the Women’s Teams Tournament. Peter Buchen, Henry Christie, Blaine Howe and Chris Hughens won the Seniors’ Team Tournament. The Sydney Spring Nationals were held at from October 24 to November 1, 2012, at the Canterbury Park Racecourse in Sydney (Australia).

Denmark – Odense Team (Peter, Martin and Dorothy Schaltz and Hemberg Rico) won the Team Clubs Championships. The event was held at Blaksets Bridge Center in Sobord (Denmark) from 27 to 28 of October 2012.


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