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U.S. Plays for Gold in Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup

Two U.S. teams are playing for the gold medal in the finals of the 2009 World Bridge Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the Open Team Championship (the Bermuda Bowl), USA2 (Nick Nickell, Ralph Katz, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Bob Hamman, Zia Mahmood, npc Donna Compton, coach Eric Kokish) will play Italy (Giorgio Duboin, Fulvio Fantoni, Lorenzo Lauria, Claudio Nunes, Antonio Sementa and Alfredo Versace) for the world title.

USA2 defeated China in the semifinal round 224–123.

In the Women’s Team Championship (the Venice Cup), USA1 (Lynn Baker, Lynn Deas, Irina Levitina, Karen McCallum, Beth Palmer, Kerri Sanborn and npc Sam Dinkin) takes on China (Yongling Dong, Yi Qian Liu, Ming Sun, Hongli Wang, Wenfei Wang and Ru Yan) for the gold medal.

USA1 defeated USA2 in the semifinal round 179.5–80. USA2 (Connie Goldberg, Renee Mancuso, Shawn Quinn, Jo Ann Sprung, Peggy Sutherlin, Pam Wittes and npc Danny Sprung) will play France for the bronze.

In the d'Orsi Senior Bowl, USA2 (David Berkowitz, Dan Gerstman, Mark Lair, Carolyn Lynch, Mike Passell, John Sutherlin and npc Lisa Berkowitz) lost in the semifinal round against Poland 273–236. USA2 faces Indonesia for the bronze, while Poland takes on England for the championship.

Visit http://worldbridge.org/tourn/SaoPaulo.09/SaoPaulo.htm for more information and results.