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Bali 2013: Silvio Sbarigia’s view

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Silvio Sbarigia Congratulations to the Italian open team who conquered again the prestigious Bermuda Bowl. I have been very impressed by Bocchi-Madala, in virtue of their solidity and bidding technique. What is the secret behind this victory? The strength of the Italian pairs does not lie mostly in declarer’s play, but rather in the bidding systems, especially when overcalling. Declarer’s play does not make a crucial difference, at world class level: international champions are used to play very complicated hands. The more hands are played, the more likely it is that opponents will make a mistake. For this reason, Italian’s bidding superiority gives them an advantage in the long run.

I am disappointed that the Italian women and senior teams did not qualify to these World Championships. I believe at the moment in Italy there are only few who can play at international level in the senior category. For what concerns women, I would like to repeat what I always thought: Italian women are not all professional players, so they need a coach who not only helps them with the system, but also psychologically and physically. They need a strong technical guide.

 

 

 Guessing the last trick since the first

Match Italia-Monaco, final. Round 5, Board 5.

 

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The opening of North is unbalanced with the suit fifth or longer, and fourteen or more points. Nunes led K, holding the lead.

Lauria can count nine tricks: one spade, five trumps plus two by diamond ruff, and the club ace. The tenth only can come from spade, but it also needs to keep the club stopper until the spade were established. Nunes at once understood the problem and switched to ♣J, but Lorenzo now had the complete picture of the hidden cards which he needed to know, and ducked; that is the coup. Still club from Nunes, Lorenzo this time puts the ace, ruffed diamond, heart to come in hand and another diamond ruff, eliminating the suit. Another heart, and now club, simply: Fantoni has to take and is endplayed. He returned ♠6, as club or diamond would allowed to save the spade loser by ruff and sluff, and Lorenzo put the queen. How could he be so sure about the position of the king? Because Nunes had showed four honour points, thus Fantoni must have the ♠K, otherwise he was short of the opening strength.

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Silvio Sbarigia

 

[The system Fantoni-Nunes have been published by the Australian Bill Jacobs. Here’s the review of the book: open >]

Bali 2013: Italy won the Bermuda Bowl

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Blue Team (by Elisabeth van Ettinger - NIB)

Italy beat Monaco in the final by 210-126 and won her fifteenth Bermuda Bowl. The champions: Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace, Norberto Bocchi, Agustin Madala, Giorgio Duboin, Antonio Sementa; non playing captain Gianni Medugno; coach Giuseppe Failla. Monaco: Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Thor Helness, Geir Helgemo, Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes; non playing captain Jean Charles Allavena; coach Krzysztof Martyens

Third placed Poland, who defeated USA1 by 146-142. Poland: Cezary Balicki, Krzysztof Buras, Krzysztof Jassem, Marcin Mazurkiewicz, Grzegorz Narkiewicz, Adam Zmudzinski, Piotr Walczak; non-playing captain Marek Wojcicki. USA1: Kevin Bathurst, Kevin Dwyer, John Kranyak, Robert (Bobby) Levin, Steve Weinstein, Gavin Wolpert; non playing captain Shane Blanchard

The Italian victories in Bermuda Bowl

1957: Pietro Forquet, Guglielmo Siniscalco, Eugenio Chiaradia, Massimo (Mimmo) D’Alelio, Giorgio Belladonna, Walter Avarelli. 1958, 1959, same team. 1961 (Benito Garozzo replaced Siniscalco); 1962, 1963, 1965 (Camillo Pabis Ticci replaced Chiaradia), 1966, 1967, 1969. In 1970 and 1971 they were defeated; in 1973 they came back to victory with Belladonna, Benito Bianchi, Forquet, Garozzo, Giuseppe Garabello, Vito Pittalà. 1974, with Dano De Falco and Arturo Franco who substituted Garabello and Pittalà. 1975: Giorgio Belladonna, Vito Pittalà, Arturo Franco, Benito Garozzo; Facchini-Zucchelli, the third pair, withdrew because they had been seen touching by feet under the table; this story is well reported by Bob Hamman in his biography “At the Table”.

Italy only won the Bermuda Bowl again after thirty years, in 2005, with Lauria-Versace, Bocchi-Duboin, Fantoni-Nunes. After the defeats in 2007 and 2009, in 2010 Maria Teresa Lavazza, then captain, excluded Fantoni and Nunes from the team and split Bocchi-Duboin, pairing them with two young talents: Agustin Madala and Antonio Sementa. The result of today is son of that decision.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

 

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Bali 2013: USA2 won the Venice Cup

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USA 2 (Elisabeth van Ettinger - NIB)USA2 has won the Venice Cup: she beat in final England by 229-220,3. The champions: Hjordis Eythorsdottir, Jill Levin, Jill Meyers, Janice Seamon-Molson, Jenny Wolpert, Migry Zur-Campanile; non-playing captain: Sue Picus. England: Sally Brock, Fiona Brown, Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith, Susan Stockdale; non-playing captain: Jeremy Dhondy; coach: David Burn.

USA2 is the team of Valerie Westheimer; it was her who led her team mates to the qualification in the trials, but after had to withdraw; Neapolitan Club congratulates with you too, Valerie.

The third place went to The Netherlands, who beat China 152-139. The Netherlands: Carla Arnolds, Marion Michielsen, Jet Pasman, Anneke Simons, Meike Wortel, Wietske Van Zwol. Non-playing captain: Alex Van Reenen; coach: Hans Kelder. China: Xuefeng Feng Yan Liu Liping Wang Wen Fei Wang Ru Yan Yu Zhang. Non-playing captain: Xiaofeng Wang; coach: Jihong Hu

This edition of Venice Cup was spotted by the exclusion of Israel and Jamaica. The former had problems with the visas and security; the latter was impeded to go because a wrong law of the World Bridge Federation (WBF). The wrong law has been lately amended, just in these days; in a further article we’ll deal with this matter. The exclusion of Israel, substantially for political issues, remain in all its gravity: the sport has to be for all, or it is not sport; the WBF or the Indonesian Government, or both, failed to accomplish this principle. The story has been told here: “The cases of Israel and Jamaica” (read the article >>).

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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Bali 2013: Germany won the Senior Bowl

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German Senior Team (Elisabeth van Ettinger - NIB)The Ernesto D’Orsi Senior Bowl was won by Germany, 172-161 against USA2 in ninety-six deals. The champions: Michael Elinescu, Ulrich Kratz, Reiner Marsal, Bernhard Strater, Ulrich Wenning, Entscho Wladow. Non playing captain: Kareen R Schroeder; coach: Karin Wenning. USA2: Roger Bates, Garey Hayden, Marc Jacobus, Carolyn Lynch, Mike Passell, Eddie Wold. Non-playing captain: Donna Compton. Third place for Polonia, who beat France, title holder, by 130-80.

The Ernesto d’Orsi Senior Bowl was namely established in 2000, and the first edition was played in January of that year, but it formally was the 1999 championship. That editon was won by Polonia; after had to come four USA victories; it is again European since 2009, by England, France, and now Germany.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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Failla: And the best has yet to come

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Giuseppe FaillaBali, September 29, 2013 – Italy beat Monaco in the final by 210-126 and won her fifteenth Bermuda Bowl. Here is the statement from the coach of the Blue Team and vice-president of Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB), Giuseppe Failla, granted to Laura Camponeschi at the end of the Bermuda Bowl final.

“This victory demonstrates a bridge strength that has never been seen in modern bridge.

I would like to thank all the players for their team spirit, the president, Mr Medugno,  who supported them, and all those who cheered for us.

Giorgio Duboin and Antonio Sementa could not play the final due to illness, but their contribution over the championships has been crucial: they have played many hands, thus ensuring that their teammates would not reach the final tired.

Many thought this team was tired and burnt out: if this team reached the end of a series of victories, many more series are yet to come.”.

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Laura Camponeschi 

Failla: E il meglio deve ancora venire

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Giuseppe FaillaBali, 29 ettembre 2013. L’Italia ha vinto la Bermuda Bowl battendo in finale Monaco per 210 a 126. Ecco le dichiarazioni di Giuseppe Failla, coach del Blue Team e vicepresidente della Federazione Italiana (FIGB), rilasciate a Laura Camponeschi al termine della finale.

“Questa vittoria è stata una dimostrazione di forza credo mai vista nell’epoca del bridge moderno.

Ringrazio tutti i giocatori per come hanno vissuto la squadra nel suo complesso, il presidente Gianni Medugno che li ha sempre supportati e tutti quelli che ci hanno fatto sentire la loro presenza ed il loro tifo genuino.

Problemi di salute non hanno consentito a Giorgio Duboin e Antonio Sementa di disputare la finale, ma il loro apporto nel corso dell’intero campionato è stato decisivo: hanno giocato moltissime mani così da permettere agli altri quattro compagni di non arrivare stanchi per la finalissima.

Molti avevano pensato che questa squadra fosse stanca e logora: ebbene se questa squadra è alla fine del suo ciclo di vittorie, molti cicli devono ancora iniziare.”.

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Laura Camponeschi

 

 

Bali 2013: Italy towards Victory

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bermuda_bowl[1]Italy is leading the Bermuda Bowl final against Monaco; after forty-eight deals out of ninety-six, that is at halfway, the result is 114-47: not yet sure, but Monaco must drastically change the pace to still hope. Read the full story

Antonio Sementa: I’m not afraid

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Antonio Sementa (NewInBridge)41st World Bridge Teams Championships.  The well-known Dutch journalist Jan van Cleeff (NewInBridge) had an interview with the Italian star Antonio Sementa, a few hours before the final match of the Bermuda Bowl where Italian Blue Team will face Monaco. Read the full story

Bali 2013: Finalists

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Bermuda Bowl (cup)Italy-Monaco is the final in Bermuda Bowl. In semi-final Italy beat Poland, Monaco beat USA1; in round robin they ended respectively second and third; the direct 16 board match, in round robin, was won by Italy 30-18. Italy: Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace, Norberto Bocchi, Agustin Madala, Giorgio Duboin, Antonio Sementa. Monaco: Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Thor Helness, Geir Helgemo, Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes. Italy looks favourite.

In Venice Cup the final is England-USA2. They respectively beat China and The Netherlands in semi-final; in round robin placed fifth and eight; the direct match was won by England 27-20. England: Sally Brock, Fiona Brown, Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith, Susan Stockdale. USA2: Hjordis Eythorsdottir, Jill Levin, Jill Meyers, Janice Seamon-Molson, Jenny Wolpert, Migry Zur-Campanile. England is favourite

In Ernesto D’Orsi Senior Bowl the final is Germany-USA2. In semi-final they beat France and Poland; have placed second and third in round robin; the direct match was won by USA2 36-34. Germany: Michael Elinescu, Ulrich Kratz, Reiner Marsal, Bernhard Strater, Ulrich Wenning, Entscho Wladow. USA2: Roger Bates, Garey Hayden, Marc Jacobus, Carolyn Lynch, Mike Passell, Eddie Wold. In this match there are four women: Carolyn Lynch, of USA2, is the only playing woman in Bermuda and D’Orsi Seniors finals; Donna Compton is the American Captain; Kareen R. Schroeder and Karin Wenning are not-playing captain and coach of Germany. No forecast in this match.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

 

Bali 2013: The courage of Turkey

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semifinalsUSA1, Italy, Monaco, and Poland are the semi-finalists in Bermuda Bowl; they respectively beat Canada, China, England, and The Netherlands; then Poland eliminated the title holder. All the matches have been won by more than fifty imps (in ninety-six deals); only Canada-USA1 was still tie after four segments, +2 to USA1.

In Venice Cup was eliminated the title holder as well: China beat France 204-192. The other favourite, England, defeated USA1 203-138, but USA2 beat Poland 173-125. The finest match was between The Netherlands and Turkey; the former prevailed 166-131, but they already led fifty-eight after two segments; in the other sixty-four deals the partial was 86-63 for Turkey. The honour mention is for the Turkish women: Asli Acar, Vera Adut, Belis Atalay, Serap Kuranoglu, Ozlem Oymen, Dilek Yavas.

Also it must be said, about this battle, that it not only witnessed the courage of Turkey; also it said that The Netherlands, which was not a favourite, has the nerve to stand up until the very first deal. This, in my opinion, now elects them as favourite.

The Ernesto D’Orsi Senior Bowl qualified to semi-finals France (+160 over Netherlands), Usa2 (+149 over Scotland), Germany (just +6 against Indonesia), and Poland, which prevailed +58 against Belgium.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

Bali 2013: The Hand which tells History

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Bermuda Bowl, 17th round: Italy-Japan. Dawei Chen and Kazuo Furuta versus Norberto Bocchi and Agustin Madala. Read the full story

41st World Bridge Teams Championships – Bali 2013

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Chronicles of Bali 2013: Italy takes the lead

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open tabThere are facts, situations, events that everybody, everywhere we are, recognizes as symbols and proofs of soundness of the world we live in: the taste of the home made bread, the power of the English navy, the Bermuda Bowl led by Italians, etc. Not only Italy is leading in Bali, by Lauria, Versace, Bocchi, Madala, Duboin, Sementa, but another Italian pair, Fantoni-Nunes, is pursuing in Monaco Team, the Country where they dwell. Here’s the ranking after the twelfth out of twenty-one round; the first eight teams (after the end of Round Robin stage), will qualify for the knock-out matches.

Quite interesting news, in positive for the teams concerned, are the third place of Japan and the fifth of Germany. Rather surprising is the eleventh of USA2, whereas USA1 was rather low until four matches ago, then started an impressive string of authoritative victories against the strongest: The Netherlands, Italy, South Africa, and China.

women tabIn Venice Cup Women Teams almost all the favourites are placed properly, less or more. England and France, respectively European champion and title holder, are only sixth and seventh, but their lead over the ninth place looks safe, twenty-five imps (to remember: the new scale is 20-0, no longer 25-0; therefore a today twenty-five lead is worth thirty in the old scale). By no means safe, instead, is the eight place of Canada: the Turkish Team had started really badly, but has reached the ninth place since three rounds, ready to jump still upward.

Not completely unexpected is the first place of The Netherlands, but the pace is very fast: +20 over the Americans, second and third. Also normal is the fourth place of China, whereas Indonesia looks late, only thirteenth.

 

 

 

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In Ernesto D’Orsi Senior Bowl – remember, after twelve out of twenty-one rounds – there are good news for the Belgian and the Scottish, first and third (France is more used to be second, or better). Poland and USA1 started slowly, but now both are into the octet, respectively sixth and eight. It is always difficult to make forecasts in Seniors Bowl: the open and women series usually have the best players, whereas a senior team might have been weakened because a strong over-sixty would have preferred to play the others, or might be “enriched” because the opposite migration, as is the case of USA1 with Bob Hamman.

 

 

 

 

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

Wald Won’t Commentate on Bali Championships

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roland waldThe voice of Roland Wald of Denmark, a frequent and prominent commentator on Bridge Base Online’s Vugraph Internet broadcasts of important world bridge events, will not be heard during the Bali World Championships. The reason, Wald explains in an interview realized by Hanan Sher, is BBO’s decision not to allow commentators to discuss the absence from the Championships of the Israeli Women’s Team, which had qualified to play in the Venice Cup by finishing sixth last year in Dublin.

 

Hanan Sher: Some time ago, you said that you might not do BBO voice commentary on Bali, as your way of expressing displeasure with the exclusion of the Israeli women from the Venice Cup? Does that decision still stand?

Roland Wald: My initial reaction was to give it a miss. I am strongly against discrimination in any way, shape or form, and this is basically what this is. How can it be a World Championship, when Israel, who legitimately qualified for the event, can’t attend? Over the last couple of months, however, several friends tried to convince me that I would not punish the culprits, the WBF and Indonesian authorities, by staying away. The listeners would suffer, and they are innocent. I promised to think about it, and after the last chat with an American world champion, I decided to write an e-mail to the BBO management.

HS: What exactly did you propose to BBO?

Roland Wald: I asked if BBO would allow commentators to mention the facts regarding this issue. In a tactful manner, obviously, without the intention of offending anyone. I am not going to reveal the correspondence in detail, but the conclusion was that BBO commentators should not get involved. After that reply my stand was clear and justified in my opinion. I can’t be what I’m not. I can’t do vugraph commentary and at the same time pretend that nothing happened prior to the championships. I may be alone here, but that does not change anything. Hundreds of people on Bridgewinners, my Facebook timeline and Neapolitan Club have expressed sympathy with Israel, but they are just words. I am in a position to take action and boycott the event. My hope is that it may make an impression,when BBO’s most experienced commentator does not want to take part. It may not, but then at least I have shown solidarity with my friends in Israel, and that means a lot to me.

HS: What might you have said, if allowed to do so?  Would you just mention that Israel wasn’t there, though it qualified, or would you go into the facts of the case?

Roland Wald: I would not have said “since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak,” because that would have been rude. I do know what being ‘tactful’ is. Something to this effect perhaps: “Israel’s women qualified for these championships, but they are not in Bali due to political issues. In my opinion, which does not necessarily reflect the view of the BBO management, the WBF made a big mistake in the first place by awarding the championships to Indonesia. Later the WBF did not give Israel the assistance that was needed in order to overcome the various hurdles, not least regarding the visas, and most importantly the security aspect that is paramount for Israel. Let’s hope that this will never happen again.” I lost faith in bridge politicians many years ago. They are no different from other politicians, sadly. The championships will survive without me, I know, but it’s about time that someone, off air, tells the WBF that the way they have handled this is totally unacceptable for people living in civilized countries. It is discrimination bya federation whose motto is “Bridge for Peace”. This would have been extremely hilarious, if it had not been so sad.

 

 

‘Don’t spray bullets on the local merchant’s windows’

 

BBOUday Ivatury, CEO of Bridge Base Online, responds to Roland Wald’s withdrawal as a commentator.

“I won’t allow Vugraph to be used as a soapbox. Of course it is tempting to use the site as a megaphone, but that would be disruptive to our audience. Issues with the organization of the World Championship are better raised with the WBF and the various member NBOs.

The data shows that RW (Roland Wald) had long since decided to avoid participation as a ‘protest’ against the WBF. Nothing to do with BBO. More power to him.

Activism is usually  a good thing. However, one must march on the seat of government, or in the public square, not through the local coffee shop. And one must be careful, when spraying bullets, to avoid the local merchant’s windows. It is possible that the merchant is not involved, and simply wants to stay out of the line of fire.”

 

 

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Statements by Roland Wald and Uday Ivatury are presented without comment, in the interest of fair and open discussion of issues affecting the world of bridge.

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Roland Wald non commenterà i mondiali di Bali

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roland waldLa voce del danese Roland Wald, eminente commentatore dei più importanti eventi mondiali di bridge diffusi nei vugraph via Internet da Bridge Base Online (BBO), non sarà udita durante i Campionati del Mondo di Bali. La ragione  – spiega Wald in un’intervista realizzata da Hanan Sher – dipende dalla decisione di BBO di non consentire che i commentatori discutano dell’assenza dai Campionati della squadra femminile israeliana, che si era qualificata a giocare nella Venice Cup piazzandosi sesta l’anno scorso a Dublino.

 

Hanan Sher: Qualche tempo fa dicevi che avresti potuto non fare il commento vocale per BBO su Bali, come forma di espressione della tua disapprovazione per l’esclusione della squadra femminile israeliana dalla Venice Cup. Sei ancora fermo in questa decisione?

Roland Wald: La mia iniziale reazione era stata di astenermi. Sono fortemente contro ogni forma di discriminazione comunque esercitata, e di questo sostanzialmente si tratta qui. Come può essere un Campionato Mondiale quando Israele, che si era legittimamente qualificata per l’evento, non vi può partecipare? Durante gli ultimi due mesi, tuttavia, diversi amici hanno cercato di convincermi che astenendomi non avrei punito i responsabili, la WBF e le autorità indonesiane. Sarebbero stati gli ascoltatori a soffrirne, ed erano innocenti. Promisi di pensarci su, e dopo una conversazione con un campione mondiale americano decisi di scrivere un’email alla direzione di BBO.

HS: Esattamente cosa proponevi a BBO?

Roland Wald: Chiedevo a BBO che ai commentatori fosse permesso di fare menzione della vicenda. Con tatto, ovviamente, senza intenzione di offendere alcuno. Non ho intenzione di rivelare i dettagli di questa corrispondenza, ma la conclusione fu che i commentatori di BBO non dovessero immischiarsene. Dopo questa risposta la mia posizione, secondo me, era chiara e giustificata. Io non posso essere quello che non sono. Io non posso commentare un vugraph e fingere che nulla sia avvenuto prima dei campionati. Potrei essere solo, ma questo non cambia nulla. Centinaia di persone su Bridgewinners, la mia pagina Facebook, e Neapolitan Club, hanno espresso simpatia per Israele, ma sono solo parole. Io sono nella posizione di poter fare qualcosa e boicottare l’evento. La mia speranza è che possa fare impressione il fatto che il più esperto commentatore di BBO non voglia partecipare. Potrebbe non fare alcun effetto, ma allora almeno avrò mostrato solidarietà ai miei amici in Israele, e questo significa molto per me.

HS: Cosa avresti detto, se ti fosse stato consentito?Avresti solo rilevato che Israele non c’era, sebbene si fosse qualificata, o ti saresti addentrato nei fatti della vicenda?

 Roland Wald: Non avrei detto “dal momento che la luce viaggia più veloce del suono, la gente appare brillante fin quando non la senti parlare”, perché questo sarebbe stato rozzo. Io so cosa significa “con tatto”. Può essere qualcosa del genere: “Le israeliane si erano qualificate per questi campionati del mondo, ma non sono a Bali a causa di problemi politici. La mia opinione, che non riflette necessariamente il punto di vista di BBO, è che la WBF abbia commesso un grosso errore dall’inizio, premiando l’Indonesia col campionato. In seguito la WBF non ha dato a Israele l’assistenza che le occorreva per superare i vari ostacoli, non ultimo quello del visto, e più importante di tutto l’aspetto della sicurezza, che per Israele era di somma importanza. Speriamo che questo non accada più”. Io ho perso la fiducia nei politici del bridge molti anni fa; triste a dirsi, non ci sono differenze con gli altri politici. I campionati sopravviveranno senza di me, lo so, ma è tempo che qualcuno dica alla WBF che il modo in cui hanno trattato questa storia è completamente inaccettabile per persone che vivono in paesi civilizzati. È una discriminazione di una federazione il cui motto è “Bridge per la Pace”. Sarebbe da ridere a crepapelle se non fosse così triste.

 

 

 “Non sparate sulle vetrine dei negozianti del luogo”

 

BBOUday Ivatury, CEO di Bridge Base Online, risponde al ritiro di Roland Wald come commentatore.

“Non ammetterò che il vugraph sia usato come podio per oratori. È ovviamente allettante usare il sito come megafono, ma sarebbe distruttivo per i nostri ascolti. Polemiche con l’organizzazione del Campionato Mondiale è meglio che siano sollevate con la WBF e i suoi vari membri nazionali. 

I fatti dimostrano che RW (Roland Wald) ha da tempo deciso di non partecipare come ‘protesta’ contro la WBF. Nulla a che fare con BBO. Roland è libero di prendere autonomamente le sue decisioni.

L’attivismo solitamente è buona cosa. Tuttavia, uno dovrebbe marciare verso il seggio del governo, o in una pubblica piazza, non verso il caffè del quartiere. E uno deve avere la cautela, quando spara pallottole, di evitare le vetrine dei negozianti del luogo. È possibile che il negoziante non sia implicato, e voglia semplicemente star fuori dalla linea di tiro”.

Nota dell’ Autore

 

Le affermazioni di Roland Wald e Uday Ivatury sono presentate senza commento, nell’interesse di una discussione franca e corretta su problemi che riguardano il mondo del bridge.

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Hanan Sher

Giorgino Duboin’s column

Italian style 02The Neapolitan Club staff is honoured to welcome a new illustrious contributor: Giorgino Duboin. The great Italian champion will write a series of articles mostly dedicated to his international bridge activities. Duboin’s Column »

Norberto Bocchi’s column

MyWay-logoThe great Italian champion Norberto Bocchi contributes articles on a regular basis to Neapolitan Club. Norberto refers in his column ‘My Way’ to political issues which may arise in the bridge world and sometimes he describes interesting hands. Read Bocchi’s column»   Read Bocchi’s interviews»

Rhoda Walsh Notes

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Simply the Best

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Let’s talk to the Champions!

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Momorizing at Bridge

Are there techniques to develop some specific memory? Could be possible to make a choice of what might be more useful to memorize? Read what the champions say: open »

Silvio Sbarigia

 

SILVIO SBARIGIA is a pharmacist; he was born in Rome and lives there. He has won the European championship in 1975 with legendary Blue Team, runner up at 1974’s and at Olympic games of 1976.  Sbarigia is member of Neapolitan Club Technical Commettee. His bridge problems aren’t difficult; just we need to think on a plan and to avoid the instinctive playing. Bridge quizzes by Sbarigia »

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