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European Open Championships Update

Two Americans and a pair of Russians, playing on a team appropriately named Apollosoyuz, finished second in the qualifying phase of the Open Teams at the 6th European Open Championships in Ostend, Belgium. Americans Michael Rosenberg and Steve Weinstein, playing with Russians Andrei Gromov and Aleksander Dubinin, face a Polish team in the round of 16, beginning today.

Other American qualifiers in the Open Teams, with an original field of 122, include the Jim Mahaffey team, attempting to defend the championship won in Poznan, Poland, two years ago. The team is the same except that Gary Cohler was replaced by Englishman Tony Forrester. The rest of the team is Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Jacek Pszczola and Sam Lev.

Also qualifying for the Open Teams KO is Benito Garozzo, a naturalized American citizen who made his mark by winning 13 world championships playing for Italy. He has lived in Florida for many years. He is playing on the Romain Zaleski team.

No North American players made it to the round of four in the Women's Teams, but Lynn Baker, playing with Karen McCallum, came close, finishing fifth. Baker and McCallum teamed with players from England and the Netherlands.

In the Seniors, Ed Wojewoda and David Johnson finished second and are playing in the round of four.

To watch these events go to www.bridgebase.com.