According to an agreement between The Monaco Bridge Federation (FMB) and World Bridge Productions (WBP), the next edition of THE CAVENDISH will take place in Monaco, October 15th – 19th 2012. All previous editions of the tourney were played in the week leading up the Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in U.S., and in Italy, on the second Sunday of May.
The change of the usual May dates is due to the US Open trials at the beginning of May, too many events in Monaco (mainly the Formula 1 races), and the new dates allow to connect The Cavendish with the yearly International Teams Tournament of Monaco (October 12th – 14th).
It was the 1975 when The Cavendish Club of New York started the so called “Cavendish Invitational Pairs”. In few years, the trophy became the most important pairs event in the World. In 1991 the Cavendish Club ceased the activity, but the tourney survived, just transferred to Las Vegas, thanks to WBP (World Bridge Productions, a corporation with Bob Hamman, Roy Welland, Bill Rosenbaum and Bob Blanchard).
The “Monaco Cavendish” will respect the structure of the original “Las Vegas Cavendish”, with a 2-day Teams tournament (October 15th – 16th), and a 3-day Pairs Tournament (October 17th – 19th). However, there will be some small changes such as a decrease of the minimum auction level (probably 5000 Euros) and an on-line auction, which will be confirmed later.
The common will of the FMB and of WBP, if this first edition is successful, is to organize this prestigious tournament in Las Vegas in the odd years, and in Monaco in the even years.
January 4, 2012