2013 January – Bridge World News

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Australia – 41st Summer Festival Results: The Travis team (with Barbara Travis, Candice Ginsberg, Elizabeth Havas, Nevena Djurovic) won the National Womens Teams Tournament; the Thomson team (with Matthew Thomson, Peter Newman, Ishmael Del’Monte, Howard Melbourne) won the National Open Teams Tournament defeating in final the Brown’s team by 178-133. The event was held at Rydges Lakeside (Camberra City) from the 15th to 27th of January 2013.

USA – As announced by Bridgewinners.com, Fred Gitelman and his partner Brad Moss will join the defending Vanderbilt champion Amoils team, but will not play together. Instead Gitelman will partner Les Amoils and Moss will play with his next-cycle partner Joe Grue. Peter Bertheau from Sweden and Thomas Bessis from France will be the team’s third pair. The Vanderbilt Cup is the most prestigious event in Spring NABC (North American Bridge Championships) that will be held in Saint Louis from the 14th to the 24th of March 2013.

USA – George Jacobs is the new President of  USBF  (United Stated Bridge Federation).  Mr Jacobs  will serve for two years, through the end of 2014, in accordance with the USBF Bylaws.

Australia – Ishmael DelMonte and Howard  Melbourne won the National Open Swiss Pairs at 41st Camberrra Summer Festival. The event is held at Rydges Lakeside (Camberra City) from the 15th to 27th of January 2013.

England – Michel and Thomas Bessis (Father and Son) from France won the fourth TGRs Auction Pairs, held at the New Cavendish in London from the 14th to the 15th of January. Runners up were Ionut Coldea and Bogdan Marina from Romania, third place went to Mustafa Cem Tokai (from Turkey) and  Barry Myers (from England).   The 2013 TGRs Auction Pairs  hosted  a record number of 70 pairs from all over the world.

Russia – Italian aces Norberto Bocchi and Agustin Madala will participate in the 2013 Slava Memorial Cup. The event will be held at City Golf Club in Moscow (Russia) from the 22th to the 24th of February. The Slava Memorial Cup is  the most prestigious  international bridge tournament of Russia, devoted to Slava Griunk, a bridge player who died young of cancer in 1999.

Poland – On the first weekend of January (4-6), the first phase of the Polish Premiere League was held in Mikorzyn (centre-west of Poland). At the end of the Round Robin we find Wrocław Polytechnic (PWR) lying first with 294 IMPs, Unia Winkhaus second with 271 IMPs, Siwik third with 266 IMPs, and Consus fourth with 254.5. These four teams proceed to play offs. PWR and Unia will pick their opponent between Siwik and Consus. The winners will then play in the final which will take place between the 16th and 18th of May.

The Netherlands – Onstein 1, the team of sponsor Hans Melchers (with Brink-Drijver, De Wijs-Muller-Van der Neut), won the Dutch national teams championship defeating  in final the team Onstein 2 (with Verhees-Van Prooijen, Frank and Ton Bakkeren) by a wide margin: 177 -96. The final stages of the championship were held in Utrecht on 5 and 6 January 2013.

Poland –  Polish bridge legend Andrzej Wilkosz died at the age of 77. He won many prestigious national and international titles and created a variant of the  multicolor convention known as the 2 diamond Wilkosz (opening  of a weak hand with 5-5, one of the suits must be a major).

England – The English champion Andrew Robson has been named Officier of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). The prestigious honor was  given to Robson by the British monarchy for his services to the game of bridge and to Charity.

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