In the next cycle (starting with 2013 Spingold) Norberto Bocchi and Agustin Madala will play in the US Nationals with a new team: Russian Gromov-Dubinin and Poles Buras-Narkiewicz.
Grzegorz Narkiewicz is a raising star of Polish bridge. Together with Krzysztof Buras he obtained excellent results in the Junior and Open categories, including the silver medal in Ostend European Championships 2010 and in Lille World Bridge Games 2012.
Norberto Bocchi describes him thus: “Grzeg and his partner Krzysztof Buras belong to the next generation of Polish bridge: under the guide of Cezary Balicki and Adam Żmudziński they improved until they became one of the best rated pairs on the international market. Grzeg is a very friendly and a nice guy, always happy to joke and smile. At the table he tends to get upset, especially with his partner: I think his best quality is his table presence”.
Norberto Bocchi interviews Grzegorz Narkiewicz
Norberto Bocchi: How have you been captured by bridge?
Grzegorz Narkiewicz: In school at age 13.
NB: Which system do you play with your partner?
GN: We play a natural system with multiple transfers in competition.
NB: How would you describe your bridge style?
GN: It depends on the opponents’ style.
NB: Which is the first bridge book you read?
GN: The first is, of course, The bridge Stories by Edwin Kantar.
NB: Is there a player who influenced your game?
GN: Probably not, but there are many I like to watch.
NB: Which is the best quality a partner can have?
GN: Probably to be calm and quick at analysing.
NB: Which is your favourite tournament?
GN: The hardest is the Bermuda Bowl. The most pleasant is Juan les Pins.
NB: What is your most memorable happy moment at the bridge table?
GN: On 28/02/2003 at 4pm, I was playing in the Polish league and my son was born!
NB: Apart from your regular partner, who would you like to play with in an important tournament?
NG: There are many great players with whom I would like to play.
NB: Which teammates would you like to have (2 pairs)?
GN: At the moment we often play with Bobby Levin and Steve Weinstein, we are very happy to play with them. In July Krzysztof and I start playing with Agustin and you, and Andrej Gromov & Alexander Dubinin. I am sure we will be a fantastic team.
NB: Is there anything you do to avoid bad luck at the bridge table?
GN: If you play well then you also get lucky!
NB: What is your favourite music? Apart from bridge books, which authors do you enjoy reading?
GN: I like listening to what I enjoy! I like reading book by Lee Child and Harlan Coben.
NB: Are you a sports fan, e.g. football?
GN: Of course Barcelona!
NB: Which is your favourite actor and actress?
GN: Tom Cruise and Meg Ryan.
NB: What do you do in your spare time when you are not playing bridge?
GN: Children, children, children!!!
Muchas gracias, Grzeg!
Adios y hasta muy pronto
(English edition by Laura Cecilia Porro for Neapolitan Club)
Grzegorz Narkiewic’s picture is courtesy of Elisabeth van Ettinger (NewInBridge)
Febraury 10, 2013