USA vs. Europe in second Buffett Cup
The bridge equivalent of golf's Ryder Cup begins Monday morning in Louisville KY with the opening ceremonies of the Buffett Cup, pitting a dozen of Europe's top bridge players against an all-star lineup of players from the USA.
You can watch the competition live on Bridge Base Online. The tournament concludes Thursday, Sept. 18.
The Ryder Cup -- USA versus Europe in golf -- takes place in Louisville next week.
Bridge play begins about 10:30 a.m. each day and concludes about 7 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).
Playing for the USA are Bob Hamman - Zia Mahmood, Geoff Hampson - Dick Freeman, Alan Sontag - David Berkowitz, Tobi Sokolow - Janice Seamon-Molson, Howard Weinstein - Steve Garner and Roy Welland - Bjorn Fallenius. Donna Compton is team captain.
The European team consists of Sabine Auken (Germany) - Marion Michielsen (Netherlands), Michel and Thomas Bessis (France), Boye Brogeland - Espen Lindqvist (Norway), Tom Hanlon - Hugh McGann (Ireland), Tor Helness - Jan Peter Svendsen (Norway) and Michal Kwiecien - Jacek Pszczola (Poland). Paul Hackett is captain.
The tournament consists of three separate forms of competition: individual, pairs and teams.
The first Buffett Cup match took place in Dublin, Ireland, in 2006, as USA came from behind to win.