Overseas Congress Report
Marmaris Scores High
by Roy Garthwaite
THE 2012 Autumn EBU Overseas ‘Turkish’, ‘Italian’ and ‘Fish’. The last of Turkish Delight bought at half the initial
Congress was held at the Mares hotel a few these was the only one which incurred a asking price was definitely a ‘delight’ until
miles from Marmaris in Turkey. small supplement; it was situated on a you found out that someone else had paid
Remarkably, only twenty years ago, platform over the sea and had a three- only a quarter of the first-quoted price.
Marmaris was a small fishing village piece group playing music suitable for A visit to Turunç, a lovely resort, where
situated on the Mediterranean about fifty dancing between courses. the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean
miles north of the island of Rhodes. Now was rewarding. One could travel some ten
it is a large thriving holiday resort. miles by road or better still by water taxi
The big plus point of the Mares was its for under £6. The countryside is very hilly
setting by the sea with its own landing and covered by forests of pine trees.
jetty. From here it was possible to walk to One of the bridge talking-points was
Marmaris or to Içmeler in about an hour this deal:
in the other direction. Both places could
be accessed by inexpensive water taxis
direct from the jetty. Love All. Dealer North.
Good weather always makes for an ´ K J 10 9 7 4
enjoyable holiday and this we had in ™ QJ8
abundance, unbroken sunshine from t 10 6
breakfast until dusk with temperatures ® 93
approaching thirty centigrade. ´ — ´ —
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coffee, soft drinks, snacks and local wines t AQ987 S t KJ5432
and spirits were available all day long. One of the organised excursions was to ® 10 8 7 5 2 ® QJ64
All meals were buffet style. This could a Turkish restaurant in Marmaris which ´ AQ86532
involve walking considerable distances to participants enjoyed so much that some ™ AK94
collect the food. In addition to the main returned two days later. t —
restaurant where there was an immense Just outside the hotel down by the sea ® AK
choice for all three meals, there were three was a large sea water pool in which it was
excellent à la carte restaurants which could possible to swim with dolphins.
be pre-booked for dinner and had welcome The nearest town, Içmeler, had a market West North East South
waiter service. These were designated where the price of all items was negotiable. 2t 3t 4t
5t 5´ Pass 7´
USA RETAIN BUFFETT CUP The 2t opener was Multi. Those Souths
THE BUFFETT CUP, held every two years, is a tournament fashioned after the Ryder who ‘knew’ that partner must have a weak
Cup in golf and usually held in the same area soon after the Ryder Cup. This year, two in hearts got a lucky large score when
though, the fourth Buffett Cup was played in Omaha, the hometown of Warren they jumped to 6™ or 7™. Although the
Buffett, the tournament’s namesake, before the Ryder Cup. diamond force had to be taken in the long
The Buffett format echoes that of the Ryder Cup, with individual, pair and team trump hand, they made thirteen tricks
events. Each team has one women’s pair and five men’s. This year’s line-up was: because of the 3-3 trump split.
Europe: Sally Brock and Nicola Smith (England); Michel and Thomas Bessis (father With good weather, pleasant playing
and son, France); Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes (Monaco); Paul Hackett conditions, convivial socialisation and
(England) and Tom Hanlon (Ireland); Kalin Karaivanov and Rumen Trendafilov excellent bridge management from the
(Bulgaria); and Ricco van Prooijen and Louk Verhees (Netherlands). usual team – complemented by Lindsey
USA: Jill Levin and Jenny Wolpert; David Berkowitz and Alan Sontag; Curtis Cheek from Bridge Overseas – this Autumn
and Marc Jacobus; Joe Grue and Brad Moss; Bob Hamman and Justin Lall; and John Congress was a pronounced success.
Hurd and Joel Wooldridge. Perhaps the Grand Hotel on Lake Garda
The USA had won two of the previous three Buffett tournaments and has added
in 2013 will live up to its name and be
another win this year, beating Europe with a score of 107-103 Buffett points.
even better – but before that there is
Fuerteventura in February. r
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