Three U.S. teams and one Canadian team made it through the round of 16 at the World Bridge Games in Wroclaw, Poland, while the U.S. Open team and the Canadian Senior team were eliminated.
In the Open event, USA (John Diamond, Brian Platnick, Geoff Hampson, Eric Greco, Kevin Bathurst, Justin Lall and npc Oren Kriegel) fell 183–149 to Spain. The team had trailed after the first two sets, recovered to lead by as much as 21 after the third and fourth sets and was down just 1 IMP going into the last set, which Spain dominated.
In its match against Italy, Canada (Nick L’Ecuyer, Zygmunt Marcinski, Kamel Fergani, Fred Pollack, Judith Gartaganis, Nicholas Gartaganis, npc Marc-Andre Fourcaudot and coach Eric Kokish) had been down by 44 IMPs after two sets when it began a slow comeback, taking a small lead by the end of the fifth set. After a strong last set, Canada advanced 214–173 and will face Monaco next.
Top-seeded France also made an early exit, falling to New Zealand 167–150.
In the Women’s competition, USA (Beth Palmer, Sylvia Shi, Lynn Deas, Kerri Sanborn, Janice Seamon-Molson, Tobi Sokolow and npc David Sokolow) handily defeated Australia 246–155, advancing to a quarterfinal match against Sweden.
The top-ranked USA Seniors (Reese Milner, Hemant Lall, Bob Hamman, Chip Martel, Jeff Meckstroth, Zia Mahmood, npc Petra Hamman and coach Jacek Pszczola) continued to put on a strong show, delivering a 282–110 rout of Hong Kong. Australia is next.
Canada’s Senior team (John Carruthers, Joey Silver, George Mittelman, Robert Lebi, Boris Baran, Pierre Daigneault, npc James McAvoy and coach Eric Kokish) lost to Denmark 210–120.
In the Mixed teams, the USA (Sylvia Moss, Michael Seamon, Sheri Winestock, Brad Moss, Sue Picus, Alex Ornstein and npc Phillip Alder) squeaked out a 1-IMP win over Japan, 159–158. They’ll face France.
World pairs events began Sunday, playing three of 13 qualifying rounds, which will continue through Tuesday.
Quarterfinals will be played Monday and Tuesday with vugraphs on BBO. Play is scheduled between 3:30 a.m. and about noon EDT both days. Click here for the full vugraph schedule. Bulletins and live results are available at worldbridge.org.