Canada Wide Leaders (202 tables)
1. 73.51% Philippe Ducharme, Chelsea QC & Louise Zicat, Gatineau QC
2. 72.02% Ronald MacKnight, Kentville NS & Marjorie Wandler, Italy Cross NS
3. 70.37% Jo Ann Lynds, Truro NS & Boyd Wells, Truro NS
4. 69.64% Gaetan Beaulieu, Gatineau QC & Denis Langlois, Gatineau QC
5. 69.58% Romain Jacques, Gatineau QC & Stephane Leblanc, Gatineau QC
6. 68.75% Mary Sue Burns, Bathurst NB & Leona Cooper, Bathurst NB
7. 66.67% Robert Bennett, Windsor NS & non-member partner
8. 66.22% David Gallant, Summerside PE & Glen MacWilliam, Alberton PE
9. 65.91% Ron Groulx, Port Dover ON & Gerry Vanlierop, Port Dover ON
10. 65.74% Gerald Murphy, Kentville NS & Jessie Sanford, Falmouth NS
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Congratulations to overall winners from the October 22, 2012 Game:
TOP SCORES - CANADA WIDE
1. Franco & Maria Scarfone -Gabriola, BC 78.70%
2. Jacqueline A Kirk & Helen R Wake - Tillsonburg, ON 69.35%
3. Jean Mario Longpre & non-member - Gatineau, QC 68.16%
4. Philippe Ducharme -Chelsea, QC & Louise M Zicat - Gatineau, QC 66.97%
5. Clyde A Paul & Jeremy L Smee - St. Catharines, ON 66.37%
6. B Hooyer - Brantford, ON & Claire M Pitre - Woodstock, ON 66.07%
7. Aline M Doucet & M Patricia Maher - Bathurst, NB 64.58%
8. Andre Beaudoin & Pierre Maltais - Gatineau, QC 63.86%
9. Therese J Butler & Edouard S Eddie - Bathurst, NB 63.75%
10. Urban L Griffin & Dorothy M McFadden - Moose Jaw, SK 63.43%
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The French Connection : 2012 Transnational Teams
by Judith and Nicholas Gartaganis
We served as non-playing captain and coach of the Canada Open Team in Lille, France. The 14th World Bridge Games began August 9th, as part of the World Mind Games, which also included chess, go, draughts (aka checkers), and xiangqi (Chinese chess). The games (formerly called the World Team Olympiad) were staged at the Lille Grand Palais.
In the Open event, Team Canada, comprised of Les Amoils, Vincent Demuy, Daniel Korbel, Nicolas L’Ecuyer, Daniel Miles and Darren Wolpert, fought their way into the round of 16 where they faced Monaco, the pre-tournament favourite. Going into the last segment of the 96-board match, Canada led by 18 IMPs, but did not hold on to advance.
Prior to our arrival in Lille we made tentative arrangements to play in the Transnational Mixed Teams (TMT), subject to the success of the Canada Open Team. By the time Canada ended its run against Monaco both of us felt emotionally and physically drained. We had spent many hours preparing briefing material for the team before the event and on-site. The loss to Monaco was just as disappointing for us as it was for the players. Our TMT team-mates (Darren Wolpert, Hazel Wolpert, Daniel Korbel and Linda Wynston) were still keen to play in this World Championship event so we entered the TMT, proudly designating ourselves "Canada".
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Editor's note: This article appeared in short form in the December 2012 edition of Bridge Canada
In mid-August the World Bridge Games (formerly called the Olympiad) as part of the World Mind Games, were held in Lille, France. In the Open division, 60 teams were divided into 4 groups, with the top 4 teams in each group qualifying for the round of 16 start of the knockout phase.
Each group had one top “seeded” team – USA, Netherlands, Italy, and Monaco. The remainder of the groups were chosen using approximate rankings of countries with the goal of keeping relative strength of each group the same. Each team would play the other 13 teams in their group in 16-board matches (plus one Bye), 3 matches per day. The playing conditions were outstanding. A spacious playing area with excellent lighting featured lots of room between tables.
The tables, screens, trays and cards were all like new. Each table received their own set of 16 boards; no caddies were needed. Security was well thought out – random cell phone checks were conducted, caddies accompanied players to the restrooms, and there were even subtle strategies – with the screens setup, a player could typically have a relatively unobstructed view of one player at the next table; however, that player in view was always the same geographical direction as you. If anyone was trying to sneak a peek at a hand, they would only see the hand that they themselves would hold; all Norths were not facing the same end of the room.
There were numerous competent directors available. In addition to 5 matches each round being broadcast on the Internet, the Bridgemates in use meant those following online were able to see the contract, lead, result, and IMPs scored in each match in real time.
Canada’s open team would be the 2012 CNTC champions – Nic L’Ecuyer/Vince Demuy; Les Amoils/Darren Wolpert; and Dan Korbel/Danny Miles. They would be augmented by NPC and Coach Nick and Judy Gartaganis, respectively.
Canada started out against Scotland and their very first board got them off on the right foot.
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by Judith and Nicholas Gartaganis
The 14th World Bridge Games took place in Lille, France beginning August 9th, as part of the World Mind Sports Games, which also included chess, go, draughts (aka checkers) and xiangqi (Chinese chess). The games (formerly called the World Team Olympiad) were staged at the Lille Grand Palais, a modern convention centre with more than 45,000 square metres of space, several small auditoriums and a huge auditorium with seating for 4,500 people.
The Canada Open Team, Les Amoils, Vincent Demuy, Daniel Korbel, Nicolas L’Ecuyer, Daniel Miles and Darren Wolpert, earned the right to represent Canada with a convincing victory at the 2012 CNTC. Nicholas and Judith Gartaganis were the NPC and Coach.
With the WBF initiatives to have bridge included under the Olympic sport umbrella has come the requirement to comply with anti-doping standards as they apply to all Olympic sports. Every competitor must be prepared to submit to scrutiny. To that end, two (of the some 350+ entrants in the Open Teams event) were randomly selected for drug testing. Pity poor Nick L’Ecuyer who was unlucky enough to be one of the two! What was to be a routine exercise turned into a marathon. After over two hours, he was finally dismissed, barely in time for the Opening Ceremonies.
Entrants were organized into four groups of 15 to play a round robin within the group. The top four teams from each group would advance to the knockout (KO) round of 16. Canada's group consisted of Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and Trinidad & Tobago. Clearly the top six contenders were Italy, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, Argentina and Canada. Quite likely the Asian teams would also threaten, as these nations are often underrated on the world stage.
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