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World Championship News from Beijing

In a day marked by runaway matches at the World Bridge Games, the Chinese and American women staged an exciting battle for a place in the gold medal round. China prevailed 161-154 and will face England, 304-197 winners over Turkey, for the Women’s championship.

There was also drama in the Seniors, where Japan started the final set with a slim lead over Indonesia, only to see it evaporate early on. The Japanese regained their composure, however, and posted 29 unanswered IMPs to win 196-175. They will face the USA in the final. The Americans (Grant Baze, Billy Eisenberg, Russ Ekeblad, Matthew Granovetter, Sam Lev, Reese Milner and npc Jacek Pszczola) routed Egypt 245-132 in the five sets that were played.

In the Open, Norway trailed Italy by 99 IMPs and withdrew after the fifth set.

Germany also faced a mountainous deficit against England, but sat down to play the last set. Eight boards in, having surrendered 60 IMPs, Germany abandoned the effort. The final score was 277-143.

Courtesy of the World Bridge Federation Daily Bulletins. For more information, visit the World Bridge Federation web site.