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Canadian Trials Under Way

The Canadian National Teams Championship and the Canadian Women's Teams Championship are in progress in Penticton BC, with more at stake than national pride and bragging rights. The winners of the CNTC-A and the CWTC will be one step closer to a berth in the World Bridge Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in late August.

After three days of round-robin play in the 24-team CNTC-A, the team captained by John Rayner was in front. The top eight teams qualify for the knockout phase, starting with the quarterfinals.

In the CWTC, the team led by Francine Cimon was in front in the 10-team women's event. The top four qualifiers will move into the semifinal round. The winners of the open and women's trials from Canada typically have playoffs against teams from Mexico to determine a third representative from Zone 2 (North America) in the world championships.

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