World Championships are being played now in Bali

The vugraph starts every night at 8pm California time (they are 15 hours ahead of us so it is 11:00 am the next morning there). See my previous post on watching vugraph for information on how to watch.

There are three main events, Open (Bermuda Bowl), Women’s (Venice Cup) and Seniors (D’Orsi Bowl). For beginning bridge players I recommend watching the Seniors as they tend to play fewer fancy conventions. This clickable list of the world’s top grandmasters copied from the WBF site might give you an idea of who to watch:

Rank Name Country MPs PPs
1
Fulvio FANTONI Monaco 4859 41
2
Claudio NUNES Monaco 4671 39
3
Giorgio DUBOIN Italy 4004 42
4
Alfredo VERSACE Italy 3865 46
5
Lorenzo LAURIA Italy 3628 50.5
6
Jeff MECKSTROTH U.S.A. 3583 61.25
7
Bob HAMMAN U.S.A. 3502 109.25
8
Eric RODWELL U.S.A. 3391 60.75
9
Geir HELGEMO Monaco 3092 34.5
10
Tor HELNESS Monaco 3031 36
11
Zia MAHMOOD U.S.A. 2942 31.75
12
Norberto BOCCHI Italy 2842 34
13
Nick NICKELL U.S.A. 2821 38.25
14
Cezary BALICKI Poland 2542 29
15
Ralph KATZ U.S.A. 2373 22.25
16
Bauke MULLER Netherlands 2363 18
17
Louk VERHEES Jr Netherlands 2345 11
18
Sjoert BRINK Netherlands 2332 12.5
19
Antonio SEMENTA Italy 2320 18
20
Robert (Bobby) LEVIN U.S.A. 2306 21
21
Bas DRIJVER Netherlands 2291 12.5
23
Adam ZMUDZINSKI Poland 2264 29
24
Ricco VAN PROOIJEN Netherlands 2204 10.5
25
Simon DE WIJS Netherlands 2187 10
26
Franck MULTON Monaco 2184 21
27
Peter BERTHEAU Sweden 2130 11.5
28
Steve WEINSTEIN U.S.A. 2101 13
29
Fredrik NYSTROM Sweden 2064 11.5

My favorite to watch in the Senior event is Bob Hamman. Zia and Levin play less complicated systems and are great to watch in the Open. Kerri Shuman is wonderful to watch in the Women’s event.

Click the read more for some URLs about these championships.

Here are the important links for following this world championship:

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