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Women’s, Senior Team Trials Start June 1

Competition to select the Women’s and Senior teams that will represent the U.S. at the 2012 World Bridge Games starts Friday, June 1 in Schaumburg (Chicago) IL. One women’s team and one senior team will join the U.S. Bridge Champion Nickell team (Nick Nickell, Bob Hamman, Jeff Meckstroth, Ralph Katz, Zia Mahmood and Eric Rodwell) in Lille, France August 9–13.

Eight women’s teams will vie for the U.S. Women’s Bridge Championship title. The number-one seeded Joel team (Geeske Joel, Janice Seamon-Molson, Jill Meyers, Tobi Sokolow, Debbie Rosenberg and Jill Levin) has a bye to the semifinals. The other seven teams will play a two-day round robin to reduce the field to three teams who will advance to the semifinals. The women’s trials end June 5.

The USBF plans to cover all four USWBC semifinal tables and both final tables on BBO vugraph. The USWBC schedule is the same all five days of play (these are Chicago times; for your local time, see the BBO vugraph schedule):

10:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
1 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
5:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
7:45 p.m.–10 p.m.

There are 15 teams competing in the U.S. Senior Bridge Championship, which runs through June 6. The number-one seeded Lynch team (Carolyn Lynch, Eddie Wold, Garey Hayden, Mike Passell, Marc Jacobus and John Sutherlin) will have a bye in the round of 16.

The entire USSBC will be shown on BBO vugraph, with coverage of four tables in the round of 16, four to eight tables in the quarterfinals, all four tables in the semifinals and both tables in the final.

The USSBC schedule is the same all six days of play (these are Chicago times; for your local time, see the BBO vugraph schedule):

10:30 a.m.–12:35 p.m.
12:45 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
4 p.m.–6:05 p.m.
6:15 p.m.–8:20 p.m.

Note that the playing schedules for the women and the seniors are not the same. For more information, visit