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U.S. Squads Trail in Bermuda Bowl, Senior Bowl Finals

After 48 boards of play, USA 2 trails the Netherlands in the final of the Bermuda Bowl 130–108. The 128-board contest continues Friday and concludes on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Playing for USA 2 are Kevin Bathurst, Daniel Zagorin, Joe Grue, Justin Lall, Joel Wooldridge, John Hurd and npc Curtis Cheek. The Dutch team is Sjoert Brink, Bas Drijver, Bauke Muller, Ricco van Prooijen, Louk Verhees, Simon de Wijs and npc Eric Laurant.

In the playoff for the Bronze medal, Italy easily defeated USA 1 167–69.

In the Venice Cup final, France leads Indonesia 126.33–56. The Venice Cup final is 96-boards long and ends Friday.

The Netherlands won the Bronze medal in the Venice Cup, defeating England 109–91.

In the d’Orsi Senior Bowl, France is ahead of USA 2 in the 96-board contest by the score of 89–45.33. The U.S. lineup: Larry Kozlove, Gaylor Kasle, Peter Boyd, Steve Robinson, Neil Chambers, John Schermer and npc Donna Compton. Playing for France: Patrick Grenthe, Guy Lasserre, Francois Leenhardt, Patrice Piganeau, Philippe Poizat, Philippe Vanhoutte and npc Philippe Cronier.

Poland crushed USA 1 in the playoff for the Bronze, 118–36.

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 http://www.worldbridge.org/tourn/Veldhoven.11/Veldhoven.htm. Bridge Topics has also posted interviews and video clips at http://bridgetopics.com/specials/all-about-veldhoven-2011.