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Day 7, 3rd October, 2015 Report from World Team Championship at Chennai (Data courtesy WBF Result Page)
Quarter Final Line up
Bermuda Bowl: Bulgaria vs Sweden, China vs USA2, Poland vs France, England vs USA1
D'Orsi Trophy: USA1 vs Norway, Australia vs Sweden, Ireland vs USA2, Poland vs England
Venice Cup: Denmark vs France, USA2 vs China, USA1 vs England, Italy vs Netherlands
European nations and USA dominate quarter finalists in all the 3 categories. 5 EBL teams (out of quota of 6 in Open & Women, 7 in Seniors) and both USA teams have qualified. Australia in Seniors and China in Open and Women categories have successfully challenged their supremacy.
At the end of full league in Bermuda Bowl following 8 teams qualified:1. Bulgaria (Diyan Danailov, Rossen Gunov, Vladimir Mihov, Ivan Nanev, Jerry Stamatov, Julian Stefanov)-277.74, 2. China - 274.9, 3. Poland - 267.87, 4. England - 267.18, 5. France - 256.68, 6. USA1- 243.67, 7. USA2 - 236.56, 8. Sweden - 225.18. India (Subir Majumdar, Gopinath Manna, AN Banerjee, Rana Roy, Sumit Mukherjee, Debabrata Majumdar) - 218.69 finished 12th. It was a close call for last place in QF. If Indians had a better game against Canada today they could have come closer to qualification where last place went for less than 11 average mainly because some of the top 8 teams were playing each other in the last round.
Following 8 teams qualified in D'Orsi trophy:1. USA1 (Reese Milner, Hemant Lall, Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Bob Hamman, Mark Lair) - 298.89, 2. Australia - 286.81, 3. Ireland - 280.95, 4. Poland - 273.84, 5. England - 259.93, 6. USA2 - 255.12, 7. Norway - 253.27, 8. Sweden - 250.41. India (Ashok Goel, KR Venkatraman, Alok Sadhu, Badal Das, Sunil Machhar, R Krishnan) - 224.95 finished 11th.
Following 8 teams qualified in Venice Cup: 1. Denmark (Nadia Bekkauche, Lone Bilde, Anne Sofie Houlberg, Christina Lund Madsen, Maria Marit Rahelt, Helle Rasmussen) - 304.11, 2. USA2 - 288.03,
3. USA1 - 281.05, 4. Italy - 278.87, 5. England - 277.73, 6. China - 274.12, 7. Netherlands - 274.09, 8. France - 266.55. India (Hema Deora, Marianne Karmarkar, Aparna Sain, Firoza Chothia, Pooja Batra, Monica Jajoo) - 91.31 finished 22nd.
On the day of opening of World Team Championship WBF withdraws invitation to a top pair from Poland.
My editorial comment: A few years back I read a deal eulogising this pair where a penalty double was made by this pair from the cards holding junk. I was very surprised as it wasnt in matchpoints and was under game call double which they took 2 or 3 down. I think some justice now has been done to those who suffered.
Germany becomes 3rd European nation to withdraw from Bermuda Bowl after one of its pairs accepted its unethical behaviour. The pair has offered self imposed punishment which is token if comapred to what has been given to German Doctors in coughing scandal at last Senior World Team Championship. France to replace Germany.
My editorial comment: Though the German pair has pleaded guilty, they are not going to decide quantum of punishment which would be decided by WBF.
My editorial comment: WBF has taken swift action. We hope that accused would be given fair trial including chance to explain their position. And till that happens one sided media/public trial must stop. I am not a lawyer but know that as a bridge player we pay nearly one US $ to WBF every year and hence believe that WBF has control over individual players also not just Zonal bodies and NBOs. I believe WBF can take
control of investigation by itself asking all concerned to send evidences and not wait for NBOs or Zonal bodies to complete their investigation.
Bridge-World rocked by CHEATING ACCUSATIONS
In a major blow to Bridge's Olympic aspirations (one can compare this to Ben Johnson doping scandal of 1988 Seoul Olympics) its World #1 & World #2 players have been accused of using card placement to convey their leads. Their team Monaco has withdrawn from World Team Championship at Chennai. This is after Israeli team has also withdrawn from World Team Championship after one of its pairs have been accused of using unfair means. While there is no conclusive evidence against Israeli pair on their mode of illegal communication, there is video evidence against Monaco pair.The Israeli pair has sued the accuser for defamation. There is no comment from Monaco pair as yet. Names have been withheld here as WBF is yet to investigate. (Reported from various sources on e-mail and courtesy Bridgewinners.com website).
My editorial comment is that while it is very impertive to clean the game and the cheaters have to be punished we must not use hit and run or blackmailing tactics to put our point across. It doesnt take more than some deals in a tournament to tarnish reputations which have been built over years and over thousands of unreported deals so its slightly immature to reveal names without proper investigation just because a few persons feel strongly about certain deals.
Bridge included as Sports in Asian Games 2018
Dhampur Seniors (Ashok Goel, KR Venkatraman, Alok Sadhu, Badal Das) wins Kr Murli Manohar Memorial at Nainital
Maharashtra A (Sunil Machhar, Arun Bapat, Anil Padhye, Suhas Vaidya, Ajay Khare, Rajmohan) wins Inter State Championship at Nagpur
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