Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Canadian Youth Team for 1st World Mind Sports Game

June of 2008 Canadian Bridge Federation appointed me, Michael Yuen as the captain of The Youth Team (under 28) for the World Championship 3rd October to 18th October 2008 in Beijing. Soon after Nader Hanner our CBF junior manager selected three pairs for The Team. The players were selected based on participation in the junior program activities over the last 12 months, and the performance of the various partnership in the practice matches.

Members of The Team are Erin Anderson, David Grainger, Roy Yang Li, Matthew Mason, David Sabourin and Kai Zhou. The 3 partnerships will be Erin and Matt, David and Davis, Kai and Roy.

I am very excited about our team’s chances in the Championship. Between them Erin, Matt, David and David have played in 11 World Championships. Kai and Roy are new to world championships however they are very keen. We have some veterans and some new blood and that is a nice combination. We also have Kokish-Kraft as coach, I would say the best in the world.

70 teams/countries from around the world have entered the Championship. One more team then in the Open. The opening ceremony is on the 3rd of October. It will be a Swiss qualifier for the first week. The top 16 teams will play in the KO stage.

There will be a Youth Pairs Championship for those that are not in the KO. 2 days qualifying, 2 days semi final and 2 days final. After the pairs there will be an Individual Championship. 2 days qualifying, 1 day semi and 1 day final. The closing ceremony will be on the 18th October.


Kismet FungSeptember 2nd, 2008 at 10:08 am

Great to see that you are putting your wonderful bridge talent on line for everyone to see.

MichaelSeptember 2nd, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Thanks sister. I know you and Susan will do well in Beijing.

June PocockSeptember 2nd, 2008 at 2:10 pm

The CBF have chosen well. Your knowledge, experience and fairness are just what the Canadian Youth Team will need to do well. Best Wishes in Beijing, at the 1st World Mind Sports Games.

Angela FentonSeptember 3rd, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Good luck to the team in Beijing.With your experience and skill in the game things should go very well.

PonySeptember 4th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Lots of luck to your team in Beijing Michael. The german ladies team was always doing very well with you as a coach, and I am sure you will carry on your good work in future.

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