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Some surprises in open team trials

Two of the higher-seeded teams in the United States Bridge championship are on the sidelines today as the tournament continues in White Plains NY. The competition is put on by the United States Bridge Federation to select two teams to play in the Bermuda Bowl in Sao Paulo, Brazil, starting in August.

The round-robin phase ended on Saturday, with 22 teams in two divisions competing for 14 places in the knockouts. Two teams with high expectations did not make it out of the round-robin. They are squads captained by Charlie Weed (non-playing) and Richard Schwartz.

The Weed squad is James Cayne, Michael Seamon, Chuck Burger, Steve Landen, Greg Hinze and Nagy Kamel. Schwartz was playing with Richard Coren, Chris Compton, Marc Jacobus, Bjorn Fallenius and Fred Chang.

The Sunday schedules includes the conclusion of the round of 32 and the start of the round of 16.

Five teams, listed by captain, have byes: Nick Nickell to the semifinal round, Roy Welland to the quarterfinals and George Jacobs, John Diamond and Aubrey Strul to the round of 16.

The winner of the tournmament will earn a berth in the Bermuda Bowl as USA 1. The losing finalist will play against the winner of the match between the losing semifinalists. The winner of that match will be USA 2.

More information is available at www.usbf.org.