September 27th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 6 Comments
The Canadian Senior Team would like to thank our supporters for their generosity. The Canadian Bridge Federation, Ron Zambonini, District 19, Unit 166, Unit 192, Unit 430 and all who took part in the fundraising in Vancouver.
We also like to thanks Eric Kokish and Beverly Kraft for their coaching support.
Personally I like to thank Robbie, David, Dan, Jurek, George and Boris for including me in these championships. It had been an honor.
September 23rd, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
Final day of the round robin and we still had an outside chance of making the KO if we get about 45 VPs from the three matches.
We play USA1 0.48-19.52 VPs. Next up Chinese Taipei 15-5 VPs then New Zealand 6.94-13.04 VPs.
Unfortunately it is all over for us, we missed the KO. Our team’s play was inconsistent, had our chances but didn’t capitalize on them, we were left wanting.
Nice bike ride around Nusa Dua.
To-morrow Transnational Teams starts. The boys will play as a team of six. I get to play with my friend Josef Harsanyi. It will be fun just to play some bridge for a change.
September 22nd, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
To-day we played Egypt 20-0 VPs Then Australia 11.5-8.5 VPs and last match Scotland 8-12 VPs.
There was much excitement with our appeal hearing, it was the match against South Africa.
RR 15. Board 2. Dealer East. N-S vulnerable.
The auction :
This was what happened at the table. David (North) Robert (South). they play 2/1 UDCA.
The contract was 4♠ DBL by West.
The lead was ♣ 10, ace, 3 and 2. ♠ 10, jack, queen and 7. ♠ ace, ♥ 7, 5, king.
Trick 4. West played the ♦ jack, David hesitated then play the ♦ 6 a count card, 2 and the king.
Trick 5. Robert played the ♦ 3, 9, David with the queen, 4.
Trick 6. David (under led from the ♥ ace,) the ♥ 4, declarer guessed to play the jack, lost to the queen.
Robert cashed out and defeated 4 ♠ DBL, 3 tricks for +500.
At the end of the hand, dummy called for the police. The director ruled down 2 because the BIT made it more likely that North would have the ♦ Queen. If Robert had cashed the ♦ ace first then declarer would most likely get the hearts right.
Robert said David had to have the ♦ queen and ♥ ace for the negative double, BIT or not. He also knew there would be a heart guess, decided not to show his hand by cashing out first before putting David in.
We appealed and the hearing was short, no more then a minute. The appeal committee ruled against us and kept the money.
To-morrow we have three more chances for glory. It will be exciting right down to the wire.
September 22nd, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ No Comments
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♥.
Their auction :
5NT – extras.
Other table didn’t get there.
September 20th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ No Comments
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.
September 19th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 2 Comments
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.
September 19th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ No Comments
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.
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.
September 17th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 3 Comments
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 :
2♦ – Game force.
What would you lead?
George found the ♠ 3.
The full deal.
At the other table they didn’t lead a spade, we won 13 IMPs.
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.
September 16th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 3 Comments
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
Canadian Senior Team : Boris, George, Jurek, Dan, Michael, David and Robert.
September 11th, 2013 ~ Mike Yuen ~ 1 Comment
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).
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.