Bridge Scene: Big bridge tournament coming up next month

The World Bridge Federation and the United States Bridge Federation’s 2010 World Bridge Series Championships will be in Pennsylvania from October 1 to 16 at the downtown Marriott Philadelphia Hotel and Convention Center. This should be a huge tournament with all the top players in the world competing.

Having the ACBL Regional Tournament during the World Bridge Series Championships in Philadelphia will enable all levels of player to participate. The host hotel is offering special prices and some other discounts will be available.

The World Championship events are open to all players who are members of the National Bridge Organization or are ACBL members of the USA, Canada or Mexico. Eleven world titles will be up for grabs. The World Mixed Swiss Teams, World Women’s Pairs, World Open Pairs, World Mixed teams, World Senior Pairs, World Women’s Knockout, World Mixed Pairs Knockout’s and the Senior Pair’s Knockout and a new competition for junior players the World Youth Team Championships. Junior players will compete for the Ortiz-Patino Trophy and Jose Damiani Cup. In addition, a new series will introduce young girls up to age 26 to the game and they play for the Rona Cup.

Locally, the Naples Bridge Center will host an ACBL Wide Instant Matchpoint Game on September 16. An instant matchpoint game is a game in which players are given their scores on each board immediately after playing each deal. This game offers Gold Points to the winners in each direction, and half red and half black points to other winners.

At 12 years and 20 days, Victor Lamourcux of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, became the youngest Canadian Life Master. Congratulations Victor!

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