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U.S. Teams Advance in Bermuda Bowl, Senior Bowl

The teams representing the United States in the Bermuda Bowl and d’Orsi Senior Bowl at the world championships in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, have advanced to the semifinal round, while the U.S. women’s squads playing in the Venice Cup have been eliminated.

In the Bermuda Bowl, USA 1 (Martin Fleisher, Mike Kamil, Robert Levin, Steve Weinstein, Chip Martel and Lew Stansby and npc Jan Martel) defeated Israel 221–98 in the quarterfinal round. USA 2 (Kevin Bathurst, Daniel Zagorin, Joe Grue, Justin Lall, Joel Wooldridge, John Hurd and npc Curtis Cheek) beat Sweden 213–171.3.

The two U.S. teams are required to play each other in the semifinal round. The other semifinal matchup: Italy vs. the Netherlands.

In the Venice Cup, both U.S. squads lost their quarterfinal matches despite having a 16-IMP carryover against their respective opponents. USA 1 (Lynn Deas, Beth Palmer, Sylvia Moss, Judy Radin, JoAnna Stansby, Migry Zur-Campanile-Albu and npc Chris Willenken) was ousted by the Netherlands 200–172, while USA 2 (Geeske Joel, Debbie Rosenberg, Jill Levin, Jill Meyers, Janice Seamon-Molson, Tobi Sokolow and npc David Sokolow) lost to Indonesia 238–205.

The semifinal matches in the Venice Cup: Indonesia vs. England; France vs. the Netherlands.

In the d’Orsi Senior Bowl, USA 1 (Lew Finkel, Arnold Fisher, Bobby Wolff, Dan Morse, Richard Schwartz, Fred Hamilton and npc Henry Bethe) defeated Denmark, the winner of the round-robin phase, 242–220.5. USA 2 (Larry Kozlove, Gaylor Kasle, Peter Boyd, Steve Robinson, Neil Chambers, John Schermer and npc Donna Compton) also won, taking out Indonesia 229.5–181.

The U.S. teams will play each other in the semifinal, while France meets Poland in the other bracket.

Results and Daily Bulletins for the Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup, Seniors Bowl and Transnational Teams in Veldhoven, Netherlands, are available at the World Bridge Federation web site at www.worldbridge.org.