Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Bali Day 5

With a new day brings fresh hope. Had a nice chat with George at breakfast. I ate, he smoked and read his book.

With 9 matches to play, our mission is to move up a spot each match. That should move us in to top 8 by round 20.

We were on BBO against The Netherlands 8.5-11.5 VPs. Round 14 vs Brazil 20-0 VPs and Round 15 vs South Africa 18.7-1.3. Appeal pending. There a a director ruling against us that could turn 5 imps.

BB. RR11. Board 20 dealer West all vulnerable.

The Poles made short work of this deal.

 Marcin Mazurkiewicz (South) asked Roman Key Card, Kreysztof Jassem (North) shown the Queen with long spades. East game this bridge.

RR14. Board 28. Dealer West. N-S vulnerable.

David (North) and Robert (South) had a great auction to 7.

 

 
28
N-S
West
N
North
A853
AKJ52
A
AJ4
 
W
West
10962
7
KQJ1076
65
9
E
East
QJ74
3
9542
10873
 
S
South
K
Q109864
83
KQ92
 

Their auction :

W
West
N
North
E
East
S
South
2
Dbl
3
4
Pass
5
Pass
5NT
Pass
7
All Pass
 

5NT – extras.

Other table didn’t get there.

 

 

Bali Day 4

It is Friday, morning came too early as we started play at 10!

We played Japan 2.28-17.72 VPs. On BBO against France 3.27-16.73. Last match played the host country Indonesia 2.8-17.2.

We took our eye off the ball and got killed. We know we need to pull up our socks from now on.

Went to Nyoman Beer Garden for dinnen, just as the name said the place looked like a beer garden. Great food and the team was in good sprite. Boris was in great form telling jokes. Gave me hope for the morrow.

This deal play by Duboin – Sementa was amazing. They got to the club slam on a 4-3 fit.

Round 11. Board 27. Dealer South none vulnerable.

 

The other table go to 3NT with over tricks.

 

 

 

 

Bali Day 3

It is another beautiful day in Bali. With day break came good news, Boris was having his usual sunny side up eggs with fried onions.

We play Germany on BBO 9.7-10.3 VPs, then Poland 8.2-11.7 and India 6.5-14.5.

Time to step on the gas, the field is gaining.

Round 7. Jurek made an excellent play on board 5 to win 11 imps.

 With 7 card ending, Jurek tabled the queen, when East covered it was all over. Made 11 tricks +450 11imps.

In the close room, declarer in 4  in the same position played the 2, that had no chance and went down one.

Bali Day 2

At Breakfast Boris told me that he has not been feeling well and best we sit him out for the day.

We play four handed against China Hong Kong 12-8 VPs. Next was Denmark 15-4.8 VPs. Last match we played Belgium 5.6-14 VPs.

Dan and Jurek Vs Denmark bid and made 6 to gain 11 IMPs.

Round 5. Board 1. Dealer North. None vulnerable.

 
1
None
North
N
North
AJ1095
54
98
A643
 
W
West
Q74
J2
Q1076
J852
6
E
East
2
KQ7
J532
KQ1097
 
S
South
K863
A109863
AK4
 

 

W
West
N
North
E
East
S
South
2
DBL
6

2 – 5 + minor, 6-10.

The lead was King of Clubs, Dan (North) ruffed. played Ace of hearts and a heart. As he needed tricks. Later on played West for the queen of trumps Because in the auction East made a takeout double over North’s two spade opening.

At the end of a long day, I was exhausted, so I can imagine how tired our guys must be after three matches. I am very proud of their performance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bali Day 1.

This was our first day of competition, we played Guadeloupe 20-0 VPs. Bangladesh 18-2 VPs and USA 2 14.39-5.61 VPs.

Our guys played well and with luck. Take this board for example.

Round 3. Board 15 Dealer South. N-S vulnerable.

You hold : 32 Q976 1072 8753

This was the auction :

W
West
N
North
E
East
S
South
1
Pass
2
Pass
2NT
Pass
3NT
All Pass
 

2 – Game force.

What would you lead?

George found the 3.

The full deal.

 
15
N-S
South
N
North
J9
A53
AQJ43
KQ4
 
W
West
32
Q976
1072
8753
 
E
East
KQ1085
104
K86
J62
 
S
South
A764
KJ82
95
A109
 

At the other table they didn’t lead a spade, we won 13 IMPs.

Hendryk the driver and our team car.

Hendryk the driver and our team car.

Dinner was at Bumbu a delightful Balinese restaurant. Food was delicious, a good time was had by all.

 

 

 

Ready for action

After a nice evening at the Open Ceremony all of us are ready to play some bridge.

Here are the Canadian Teams at the championships.

Open Team : Daniel, Paul, Hazel, Jeff, Darren, Judy and Nicholas

Open Team : Daniel, Paul, Hazel, Jeff, Darren, Judy and Nicholas

 

Canadian Senior Team : Boris, George, Jurek, Dan, Michael, David and Robert.

Canadian Senior Team : Boris, George, Jurek, Dan, Michael, David and Robert.

 

Bali Bound – George Mittelman

George Mittelman of Toronto, Canada, was born in Europe of Hungarian Parents.

WBF World Master, bridge professional, has won two World Championships, the 1982 Mixed Pairs and the 2002 Senior Teams. Along with a silver medal in the 1995 Bermuda Bowl, Mittelman has also won two bronze medals in the Rosenblum Cup (1982 and 1990).

George Mittelman

George Mittelman

 

He won Richmond Trophy (most points in a year in Canada) 1981, has won more Canadian National Teams Championships than any other player (eight) and has won four North American bridge titles: two Open Swiss Teams (1986, 1995), a Board-a-Match Teams (1998) and a Senior Teams (2006). George has also been Non-Playing Captain of Canada’s Olympiad, Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup Teams on numerous occasions.

Bali Bound – David Lindop

David Lindop of Toronto ON, known to his friends as Mr. Audrey Grant, born in England, business system analyst, graduate of U of Toronto, past president Canadian Bridge Federation. Chairman of 1986 NABC in Toronto, at that time the largest NABC in history. Co-author with wife Audrey Grant of Joy of Bridge and Bridge Maxims; technical editor of the ACBL Club, Diamond, Heart and Spade teaching text; technical editor of Better Bridge newsletter; script writer for ACBL’s video teaching series.

 

 

David Lindop

David Lindop

Won several Canadian Teams Championships. Won Wernher Open Pairs 2012, 2nd Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss 2003. Represented Canada in world championships many times.

 

 

 

Bali Bound – Michael Yuen NPC

Michael Yuen of Vancouver BC, born in China. Retired from a career in hotel managements, now enjoys life in the slow lane.

Michael at Angkor Wat

Michael at Angkor Wat

Yuen had been active in bridge governance. He served on the ACBL Board of Governors, the District 2 Board of Directors and also long time member of National Charity and Goodwill Committees. He was co-chair of Winnipeg NABC in 1985. A member of the International Bridge Press Association.

A frequent competitor in international tournaments. NPC and coach of national teams at World Championships on numerous occasions.

Michael also enjoys Acquire, travel, biking and blogging on bridgeblogging.com

There are 22 teams in the d’Orsi Senior Trophy, shall play one complete round-robin, being 21 rounds of 16-board matches each played in one session (To be completed within two hours and twenty minutes). Play will start on Tuesday 17th September, and finish on Monday 23rd September. The eight teams with the highest Victory Points totals after the round-robin will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Canada has a good team we will be competitive.

You can follow the Championship on line and watch the action on BBO.

 

Bali Bound – Robert Lebi

Robert Lebi of Toronto ON, Robbie to his friends, born in Paris France, graduated McGill University, retired from a career in IT in the financial industry.

Happily married to Judith Arbus for the last 6 years. 

Robert Lebi

Robert Lebi

Won the 1971 Canadian Intercollegiate Open Pairs and Open Teams for McGill, Blue Ribbon Pairs 1989, Fast Pairs 2006, Silodor Open Pairs 2008 and Wernher Open Pairs 2012.3 Canadian National Teams Championships and the Canada Senior Teams this year. Represented Canada in numerous World Championships.

Proudest Bridge achievement was 2nd place in 1982 Reisinger.

Of notoriety was winning the 1978 Toronto Summer National Regional Swiss Teams – 603 teams, the largest entry in the history of bridge until then with a score of 8-0.