Updates From Belgium
Benito Gazozzo won dozens of champions, including 13 at the world level, playing for his native Italy. He is now a U.S. citizen living in Florida, but he traveled to Ostend, Belgium, to play for his birth country in the Open Teams.
In the 28-board final on Tuesday, June 25, Garozzo left Team Breno (named after an Italian village, whose bridge club sponsored the team) with a lead of 24 IMPs. His teammates could not hold the lead in the second half, however, so Garozzo and his teammates had to settle for the silver medal. The winners were a Polish team with three players who are regulars at NABCs: Krzysztof Jassem, Piotr Gawrys and Piotr Tusznyski.
Garozzo and Edward Wojewoda (bronze in the Senior Teams) are the only Americans to win medals so far in the 6th European Open Bridge Championships. Roy Welland (New York), playing with Sabine Auken (Germany) came close in the Mixed Pairs, finishing fourth.
Zia Mahmood is doing very well with Dutch star Jan Jansma in the Open Pairs. On the first round of five on Wednesday, Jansma and Zia bid to 3NT, brought home by Jansma for a good score. In the post mortem, Jansma commented, "Well, we had 25 high-card points and stoppers in every suit." Zia's response: "With that much, we are usually in slam."
At the end of the 10 qualifying sessions, the two were leading the field. Not far behind were American Roy Welland playing with German Sabine Auken. Also in the top 10 among qualifiers: American Victor Melman (with Shalom Zeligman of Israel).
Other U.S. qualifiers: Andrew Rosenthal and Aaron Silverstein; Jessica Hayman Piafsky (with Peter Bertheau of Sweden), Edward Wojewoda (and Belgian Faramarz Bigdeli); Sam Dinkin and Cenk Tuncok.
For daily bulletins from the 6th European Open Championships, please visit http://www.eurobridge.org/Repository/competitions/13OOstende/Microsite/Bulletins.htm.
To watch live vugraph broadcasts, please visit www.bridgebase.com.