Judy Kay-Wolff


the contestants of the Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup and d’Orsi Senior Bowl.   The final three matches out of twenty-one will conclude tomorrow (Saturday here in Holland) and the top eight in each event (out of 22) will qualify for the next phase on Sunday and Monday.   After eighteen matches for each, here are the top three in each category:


VENICE CUP:  USA 1 (325); ENGLAND (323); USA 2 (321)

d’ORSI SENIOR BOWL:  DENMARK (325.5); USA 1 (320); POLAND (318).

Of course, my focus is on the d’Orsi  (Old Geezers) Senior event where my husband is playing.  They moved into 2nd this evening after beating Guadeloupe (22-8); Reunion (25-0); and being defeated by Poland (10-20).  Being in the top eight seals your qualification fate but the higher you finish the better your chance.  Team #1 picks an opponent from 5-8; Then #2 picks one of the three remaining teams and so on.   Obviously, placing #1 is a tremendous advantage as there is a carryover from the earlier contest in which the two battled each other.

Also, the Transnational Gala will begin on Monday (over 140 teams already signed up) and allowances are being made for the Monday losers in the main event.   They will be welcome to join the Transnational Teams on Tuesday.


RKOctober 21st, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Keep us posted by the match so we know where Bobby’s team stands This has been the day we are all waiting for — THE CUT!

BURTOctober 21st, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Keep up the good work, Bobby.

Tell Judy to give us an update as you are not on BBO.

PaulOctober 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 am

The team winning the round-robin also gets to pick the quarter-final match that will determine its semifinal opponents, so a really big advantage.

Except if both USA 1 and USA 2 make the semis, when they must play each other.

(Same in the two minor events, namely the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup)

John Howard GibsonOctober 22nd, 2011 at 12:39 am

HBJ : Please tell Bobby that I’m rootin’ for him and his team to do well…….despite being a non Amercian.

tom grueOctober 22nd, 2011 at 10:05 am

paul i didnt know the venice cup or the bb was a minor event i hope you are kidding bc i take umbrage with that

Judy Kay-WolffOctober 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

Paul: Events of world championship nature can hardly be thought of as ‘minor’ events.

I would consider the Bermuda Bowl the featured attraction with the Venice Cup (the women’s championship) and the D’Orsi Senior Bowl) held in high esteem as well. Following those, there is also a Transnational which will draw well over 500 players as those losing after the first match of the first three events are welcome to join the Transnational on the second day and open to the public in general.

Many new faces appeared today who came in specially for the Transnational and nothing else.

Bobby WolffOctober 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Hi Tom,

I strongly suspect that Paul’s comment about the BB and VC being minor events was made with full tongue in cheek. The BB has been the pride and joy of the WBF ever since the first one held in Bermuda im 1950 and the Venice Cup, which began in Venice in 1974, follows fairly closely behind.

To rather discuss a somewhat more constructive subject, I would like to pose to all who are interested, whether they think the Venice Cup has been a good thing or bad, for the improvement and therefore development of women’s bridge? It certainly is hotly competitive, but that fact does not detract from the above question. I happen to think that, bridge being mental instead of physical, like most other sports, there is no worthwhile reason why women could not (and over the 37 years since the VC began) reach the same level as men, but most (if not almost all) will agree that they haven’t quite arrived and maybe, unless the competition changes, ever will.

What do YOU think?