The 18th NEC Bridge Festival – Yokohama City (April 16-21, 2013). The team Neduk (David Bakshi, David Gold, Jan Jansma, Ricco van Prooijen) won the swiss qualifying tourney at NEC; the eight qualified teams were:
1) NEDUK 157.69
2) Russia 155.02 (Gromov, Gladysh, Dubinin, Krasnosselski, Drijver, Brink)
3) Mixed 154.37 (Milner, Heamont Lall, Sabine Auken, Welland, Kwiecien, Pszczola)
4) Pharon 152.43 (Paul Hackett, Hanlon, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett)
5) USA 150.50 (Cheek, Grue, Wooldridge, Justin Lall, Del’Monte)
6) Down Under 139.97 (Sartaj Hans, Nunn, Gill, Reid, Newell)
7) Australia Youth 139.72 (Howard, Hollands, Whibley, Milne)
8) England 139.03 (Sandra Penfold, Brian Senior, Nevena Senior, Trendafilov)
The figures, with decimals too, are outcome of the new IMP-Victory Points transformation, no longer by discrete quantities but almost continue variation. The reasons of the change are to avoid some inconsistencies; we dealt with it, among others, in the article “In the last number of Bridge World I read that…”.
The complete board of fourteen hands 20-0 scale is at page 5 of Bulletin #1. By the way: congratulations to Barry Rigal and Richard Colker, bulletin’s editors, for the excellent job they’re making.
Unlucky tourney for Lavazza, the sole Italian team, tenth with 137,18 (Maria Teresa Lavazza, Bocchi, Duboin, Ferraro, Madala, Sementa). Congratulation to Seoul, 22nd out of 47; it must be remembered that the Korean League only has 220 players; the six of Yokohama were: Hiroki Yokoi, Hye Young Kim, Hyemin Oh, Yasuhiro Shimizu, Nobuyuki Hayashi.
The quarter-finals were played on thirty-two hands with this pairings: NEDUK – England; Russia – Australia Youth; Mixed – Down Under; Pharon – USA.
The semi-finals too will be by thirty-two hands, but the final will be by sixty-four ones.
The semi-finals will be played with this pairings:
NEDUK – Russia
Mixed – USA
Paolo Enrico Garrisi