GOOD LUCK TO OUR TEAMS AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
A short introduction to the events and our representative teams
THE 41st World Bridge Team Championships will be played in Bali OPEN TEAM
on September 16-29 (watch them on Bridge Base Online!). The two
main events are the Bermuda Bowl for Open Teams (the oldest and
most prestigious event in bridge, held for the first time in 1950 in
Bermuda) and the Venice Cup (a more recent, but no less presti-
gious event, first held in 1974 in Venice) for Women’s Teams.
Qualification to either event is by zones which, as regards Europe,
means that teams, selected by their respective national bridge
authorities, must come in the top six at the preceding European Allfrey Robson Bakhshi Townsend
Teams Championship (this time, it was the 2012 event held in
Dublin). The last time England qualified for the Bermuda Bowl was
in 2005; our Women qualified more recently, in 2011. The World
Teams Championships are held every odd-numbered year.
Forrester Gold Cope Green
Alexander Allfrey – Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi – Tom
Townsend, Tony Forrester – David Gold; NPC: Simon Cope;
coach: Ben Green.
As the bridge correspondent for the Times, English Bridge colum-
H Dhondy Senior Smith Brock nist and sought-after bridge teacher and lecturer, Andrew Robson
needs no introduction. His partner, Alexander Allfrey, is a psycho-
therapist and occasional bridge teacher. Together, they have dom-
inated the national English bridge teams scene for some time.
When Allfrey and Robson, for family reasons, had to pull out of
the European Championships in Dublin last year, David Bakhshi
and Tom Townsend replaced them at short notice and played an
important part in qualifying for the Bermuda Bowl in Bali. David is
Stockdale Brown J Dhondy Burn a professional bridge player and teacher; he is the first Brit to win a
major US pairs title, the Silodor Open Pairs, in 2013, since Forrester
Heather Dhondy – Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith – Sally Brock,
won the same event in 1998. Tom Townsend was in the team that
Susan Stockdale – Fiona Brown; NPC: Jeremy Dhondy; coach:
won the Junior World Championship in 1995 in Bali – so that’s a
This is the same team that won the European Women’s Teams
Telegraph bridge correspondent and most-capped England player,
Championships in Dublin and then went on to win the World Mind
Tony Forrester is another England star who needs little introduction.
Sports Women’s Bridge Teams Championships in Lille last year.
His partner, David Gold, was not even born when Tony started
Our Women’s Team is one of the strongest ever, with several world
dominating the English game. David is now a full-time bridge pro
titles under their belts. All six are ranked in the Top 50 by the World
with several major international successes to his name, and is one of
Bridge Federation. Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith
only three English players ranked in the Top 100 by the WBF.
and Sally Brock are all bridge professionals, though Sally also works
Simon Cope, the young bridge pro who captained our Open
as a typesetter. Susan Stockdale works as a director of a company
team at the European Teams Championships in Dublin last year,
that markets and distributes products to the animal healthcare sec-
will again be the non-playing captain. Ben Green, a management
tor; Fiona Brown works in a pharmacy.
consultant and bridge professional who was coach to our Open
As is by now well known, our women have a team ritual: they
team in Dublin, will once again fulfil this demanding role.
don’t sit at the bridge table before putting on a few drops of laven-
der oil to keep the bad spirits away. It obviously works well for them!
SINCERE THANKS FROM ALL ON THE TEAMS
Jeremy Dhondy, a retired school-teacher, is well known to English
Bridge readers from his popular Laws column. He will choose the Our teams thank all those players and clubs who supported them
line-up, check the scores, ensure the right players turn up in time, by taking part in the Bridge England Sim Pairs, enabling them to
and generally run around double-checking there are no glitches. enjoy better training facilities and go to Bali.
Coach David Burn, a bridge professional, will lend his strong shoul- It is now their ambition to do us proud at the bridge table and
ders and an amazing bridge knowledge in support. we wish them all the best. Good luck!
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