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Cathy Baldysz

Poland

Cathy has been a member of the Polish Women's team since 2010, winning two European Championships.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Women Teams - Poland
🥉2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Women Teams - Poland
🥈2021 Online EBL Qualification for WTC - Women Teams - Poland
🥈2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Women Teams - Poland
🥇2018 54th European Teams Championships Ostend - Women Teams - Poland

Pairs

🥈2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Women Pairs

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Sophia Baldysz

Poland

Sophia has been part of the Poland women's team since 2017, starting when she was still a junior, and has won the European Championship twice.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Women Teams - Poland
🥉2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Women Teams - Poland
🥈2021 Online EBL Qualification for WTC - Women Teams - Poland
🥇2019 27th European Youth Teams Stokke - Under-26 Women Teams - Poland
🥈2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Women Teams - Poland
🥈2018 17th World Youth Teams Championships Wujang - Under-26 Women Teams - Poland
🥇2018 54th European Teams Championships Ostend - Women Teams - Poland

Pairs

🥈2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Women Pairs
🥈2018 14th European Youth Pairs Championships Opatija - Under-26 Women Pairs

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Marty Bergen

USA

Marty Bergen has 10 North American Bridge Championships to his name, including two Reisingers, two Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, a Spingold and a von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs, and 10 second-place finishes. He has one USBF championship and won the Herman Trophy (now the Goren Trophy) in 1983. Much of Bergen’s success came partnering with Larry Cohen. They won eight national events together from 1983 to 1991. 

Marty was inducted to the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2022.

In addition to being a longtime monthly contributor to the Bridge Bulletin – his first article appeared in 1976 – Bergen has authored over 60 books, two of which won the ABTA Bridge Book of the Year award: “Points, Schmoints!: Bergen’s Winning Bridge Secrets” in 1996 and “Declarer Play the Bergen Way” in 2005.

Bergen is also credited with developing the conventions and concepts of DONT, two-way Drury, semi-forcing 1NT, the Rule of 20 and the eponymous Bergen raises. The list of his inventions is much longer, including DSI doubles, sandwich notrump, the impossible 2*S*, 3NT response to one of a major as choice of games and jump cue transfer to notrump.

Source:  ACBL 

(left Larry Cohen, right Marty Bergen)
Photo: Jonathan Steinberg

David Bird

England

David is the world’s most prolific bridge writer. He published his first book, ‘Miracles of Cardplay’, co-authored with the legendary Terence Reese, in 1980. He has since written more than 160 books on the game and won the prestigious American Bridge Teachers Association ‘Book of the Year’ award a record eleven times. His humorous fiction, featuring the Abbot and the monks of St Titus, appears in bridge magazines around the world. He also commentates on World and European championships, writing bulletin reports and contributing to the championship books. 

Photo: David Bird

Norberto Bocchi

Italy

Norberto has been at the top level of bridge for nearly 40 years. As a core member of the Italian team, he has won the Bermuda Bowl twice, the World Team Olympiad twice and the European Championship seven times.

Recent medals

Teams

🥉2020 3rd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Lavazza
🥈2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Open Teams - Lavazza
🥇2018 2nd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Lavazza

Photo:  Peter Hasenson

Sjoert Brink

Switzerland

Playing for the Netherlands and then for Switzerland, Sjoert has won the Bermuda Bowl three times and the World Bridge Games (Olympiad) once. He also has wins and medals in numerous other World, European and North American events. He is currently 3rd in the WBF world rankings.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 21st European Champions' Cup Dubrovnik - Open Teams - Bridge Contact Club
🥇2023 46th World Team Championships Marrakech - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥈2023 4th European Winter Games - Open Teams - Zimmermann Gold
🥈2022 20th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - Contact 1
🥇2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Teams - Ferm
🥈2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥇2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥈2021 19th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - Bridge Contact Club
🥇2021 Online EBL Qualification for WTC - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥇2020 3rd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Swiss Team
🥉2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Mixed Teams - Ferm

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Sally Brock

England

Sally is currently 4th in the WBF women's world rankings. Represening Great Britain and England, she has won two Venice Cups, two Women's Olympiads, and five European championships. She also performs strongly in Open and Mixed events.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Women Teams - Baker
🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Women Teams - Baker
🥉2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Women Teams - England
🥉2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Women Teams - Desadima
🥈2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Mixed Teams - Wilson
🥇2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Women Teams - Baker

Pairs

🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Pairs

Photo: Peter Hasenson

Sanna Clementsson

Sweden

One of the young superstars of the game, Sanna's first international appearance was at the age of 14, in Sweden’s Under-16 team at the 2014 World Youth Championships. Since then, she has won five major titles, starting with the Youngsters’ Teams at the 2017 European Championship and the 2018 World Championship. At the age of 19, she was a member of the Swedish team that won the 2019 European Mixed Teams. Later that same year, she became the youngest ever winner of the Venice Cup. In 2022, Sanna won her second Venice Cup title, earned a silver medal in the World Mixed Teams in Wroclaw, and became the youngest ever Women’s World Grand Master.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Teams - Miniter
🥈2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Women Teams - Sweden
🥇2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Women Teams - Sweden
🥇2019 44th World Bridge Teams Championships Wuhan - Women Teams - Sweden
🥇2019 1st European Mixed Teams Lisbon - Mixed Teams - Sweden
🥇2018 17th World Youth Teams Championships Wujang - Youngsters Teams - Sweden

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Larry Cohen

USA

Larry Cohen was voted by ACBL as one of the top 10 Influential people in bridge. As a player he has won 25 National Championships. As an author, he has written best-selling bridge books and software. His articles appear in magazines worldwide. As a teacher, he is popular for his land and cruise lectures to sellout crowds wherever he goes. His website: WWW.LARRYCOHEN.COM  contains hundreds of free instructional articles to help your game.

Photo: Peter Hasenson

Tim Cope

South Africa

Tim first represented South Africa at the 1992 Olympiad in Salsomaggiore, and for the next 20 years he was a fixture in his national team. They reached the quarter-finals of the 1995 Bermuda Bowl in Beijing and were semi-finalists in the same event in Shanghai in 2007, the best ever performances by a South African team in a World Championship event. Tim has also served as a member of the WBF’s High Level Players Commission.

Photo: (from Tim Cope)

Simon de Wijs

Netherlands

Simon is currently 10th in the WBF world rankings. Playing for the Netherlands, he has won the Bermuda Bowl, the World Bridge Games, and the European Team Championship, as well as many other top-level events.

Recent medals

Teams

🥉2022 20th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - BC T Onstein
🥇2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Teams - Ferm
🥇2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Open Teams - Netherlands
🥈2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Open Teams - Netherlands
🥈2021 Online EBL Qualification for WTC - Open Teams - Netherlands
🥇2019 18th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - BC‘T Onstein 1
🥈2019 44th World Bridge Teams Championships Wuhan - Open Teams - Netherlands
🥇2018 17th European Champions' Cup Eilat - Open Teams - BC’T Onstein 1
🥉2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Mixed Teams - Ferm
🥉2018 2nd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Khyuppenen

Photo: European Bridge League  (EBL)

Ishmael del’Monte

USA

Ish made his international debut as a junior for New Zealand in 1993, and he was a member of the Kiwi team that won silver medals at the 1995 World Youth Team Championships. Two years later, he played in the same event, but this time representing Australia. He later won a silver medal as npc of the Australian Junior Team at 2013 World Youth Championships. Ish first played in the Australian Open Team in 2000, and he was a member of the Aussie team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2003 Bermuda Bowl. After representing Australia at the 2011 Bermuda Bowl, Ish moved to the U.S.A. and he was a member of the FLEISHER team that reached the quarter-final stage of the Rosenblum Cup at the 2014 World Series in Sanya, China.

Photo: Jonathan Steinberg

Peter Fredin

Sweden

Peter was the winner of the Open Pairs at the 2009 European Transnational Championships, and finished second in the 2005 European Champions Cup, the 2006 Rosenblum Teams and the 2010 World Pairs. Representing Sweden, he collected a silver medal at the 1999 European Teams Championship.

Recent medals

Teams

🥉2021 19th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - BK Lavec
🥉2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Open Teams - Autobahn
🥈2018 2nd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - The Bush

Photo: Jonathan Steinberg

Jason Hackett

England

Jason's first medal was in the winning team at the 1994 Junior European. More recently he has achieved second places in the 2008 World Bridge Games and the 2014 European. Jason is also well known as the founder and organiser of the annual Mutton Cup, a high-level individual event held in Spain every year.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Open Teams - Mossop

Photo: From Jason Hackett

Simon Hult

Sweden

Simon first represented Sweden in 2011, collecting a bronze medal in the Youngsters Teams at the European Youth Championships. In a glittering career as a junior, he won the World Junior Teams three times, as well as the European Under-26 Pairs and the European Under-26 Teams. Whilst still a junior, he was a member of the Swedish Open team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 Bermuda Bowl in Wuhan. He is now a regular member of the national team.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Mixed Teams - Otra Vez
🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Open Teams - Team Black
🥇2019 27th European Youth Teams Stokke - Under-26 Teams - Sweden
🥇2018 17th World Youth Teams Championships Wujang - Junior Teams - Sweden
🥈2018 2nd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Team Ventin

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Andy Hung

Australia

Andy has represented Australia in various levels starting from the Youngsters then Juniors followed by the Open Teams. With many Australian national wins under his belt, he has also had respectable results in the international tournaments such as coming (equal) third in US Bridge Championships in 2019, 2022, and 2023.

Besides competing in tournaments, Andy is also a renowned Bridge teacher in Australia, teaching at all levels from complete Beginners to coaching National level players, as well as mentoring junior players. To further his versatility, he often runs Bridge holidays in Australia and in Europe, has been the Bulletin Editor for Australian and international events, and he is also the only person who has been known to Vugraph Operate 2.5 tables simultaneously! 

Photo: from Andy Hung

Michal Klukowski

Switzerland

Playing for Poland and Switzerland, Michal has won the Bermuda Bowl three times, as well as many wins in the Rosenblum, WBF and EBL transnational events, and top events at NABCs.

As a junior, he represented his native Poland with distinction, winning the Youngsters Teams at the 2012 World Championships, then the Junior Teams at the 2015 European Championships and the 2016 World Youth Teams. In between those two victories as a junior, Michal was a member of the Poland team that won the 2015 Bermuda Bowl, becoming the youngest player ever to win the Bowl.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 21st European Champions' Cup Dubrovnik - Open Teams - Bridge Contact Club
🥇2023 46th World Team Championships Marrakech - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥉2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Mixed Teams - Edmonds
🥇2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Mixed Board-A-Match Teams - Edmonds
🥈2023 4th European Winter Games - Open Teams - Zimmermann Gold
🥈2022 20th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - Contact 1
🥈2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥇2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥈2021 19th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - Bridge Contact Club
🥇2021 Online EBL Qualification for WTC - Open Teams - Switzerland
🥇2020 3rd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Swiss Team
🥉2019 18th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - Monaco Fmb
🥉2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Mixed Teams - Zimmermann
🥇2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Open Teams - Zimmermann

Pairs

🥇2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Pairs

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Jessica Larsson

Sweden

Jessica first represented her country in the Schools event at the 1998 European Youth Team Championship, finishing fourth. She collected a silver medal from the Womens Teams at the 2018 World Bridge Series. Representing Sweden, she earned bronze in the Womens Teams at the 2010 European Championship and silver at the same event in 2018, before winning two successive Venice Cups in 2019 and 2022.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Teams - Miniter
🥈2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Women Teams - Tri Polar
🥈2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Women Teams - Sweden
🥇2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Women Teams - Sweden
🥇2021 Online EBL Qualification for WTC - Women Teams - Sweden
🥇2019 44th World Bridge Teams Championships Wuhan - Women Teams - Sweden
🥈2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Women Teams - Smith
🥈2018 54th European Teams Championships Ostend - Women Teams - Sweden

Photo: from JL.

Bobby and Jill Levin

USA

Bobby and Jill Levin have been at the top of the bridge world for more than 40 years.

Bobby won the Bermuda Bowl in 1981 at his first attempt, at the time being the youngest player ever to win the event (a record that lasted until 2015). His other wins in World and North American events include a Rosenblum, a World Pairs, 6 Vanderbilts, a Spingold and a Reisinger. Jill has won five women's world championships and numerous North American titles.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 US Bridge Championship - Open teams - Nickell
🥇2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Open Teams - Nickell
🥉2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Open Teams - USA 1
🥈2022 US Bridge Championship - Open teams - Nickell
🥇2021 US Bridge Championship - Open Teams - Nickell
🥇2018 US Bridge Championship - Open Teams - Nickell

Photo: Jonathan Steinberg

Cedric Lorenzini

France

Cedric won two European transnational teams events in 2023, as well as coming 3rd in the European Winter Games (which he won in 2018). He first represented France in 2008. In a glittering career as a junior, he collected medals of all hues including three gold, winning the Youngsters Teams at the 2008 World Championships and the European Junior Teams twice, in 2009 and 2013. He won a bronze medal in the Open Pairs at the 2014 World Series, and in the Open Pairs at European Transnational Championships he won silver in 2015 and gold in 2019.

He has since established himself in the French Open Team, winning the 2016 European Championship in Budapest and coming second in the Bermuda Bowl the following year.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Mixed Teams - Turnips
🥇2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Open Teams - Vinciguerra
🥉2023 4th European Winter Games - Open Teams - Vinciguerra
🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Teams - Coriandre
🥈2020 3rd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Gupta
🥇2018 2nd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Ward Platt

Pairs

🥇2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Open Pairs

Photo: Euroepan Bridge League (EBL)

Zia Mahmood

USA

One of the most flamboyant characters in world bridge, Zia first gained international recognition as the leader of the Pakistan team that finished second at the 1981 Bermuda Bowl. He first became a World Champion with victory at the 2004 World Transnational Mixed Teams Championship, and has since won the Mixed Teams at the 2014 World Bridge Series, the Senior Teams at the 2016 World Bridge Games and the Open Teams at the 2018 European Winter Games. Representing USA, he has twice won the Bermuda Bowl, in 2009 and 2015.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Senior Teams - Milner
🥇2023 4th European Winter Games - Open Teams - Wigoder
🥇2023 US Bridge Championship - Open team - Fleischer
🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Open Teams - Robinson
🥈2020 3rd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Gupta
🥇2019 9th European Transnational Championships Istanbul - Senior Teams - Lall
🥈2019 US Bridge Championship - Open team - Wolfson
🥇2018 2nd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Teams - Mahaffey
🥈2018 US Bridge Championship - Open team - Lall

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Paul Marston

Australia

Paul is originally from New Zealand, but he has lived in Sydney since 1981. As a competitor he has won more than 50 national open titles, including 6 international pairs titles. He has won bronze in the world pairs and the Cavendish Pairs, twice won the Cavendish teams, and semi-final in the Bermuda Bowl. He is still very involved in bridge, but he stopped competing in 2007.

He is a full-time bridge teacher/writer and owner of the Grand Slam Bridge Centre. His books have sold more than 550,000 copies and he writes a weekly column in the Australian.

Photo: PM

Liz McGowan

Scotland

Liz McGowan has been the Queen of Scottish bridge for as long as I can remember. Liz was a member of the Great Britain/Iceland team that won the World Mixed Teams in Rhodes in 1996. Representing GB, she won silver medals at the 1988 Venice Cup and the 1992 World Team Olympiad, and gold from the European Teams in 1997 and 1999. She was a member of the best-performing Scottish team ever, finishing fourth in the Women’s Teams at the 2016 World Games.

Andrew McIntosh

England

Originally from Scotland, Andrew made numerous appearances in the Junior Camrose and the full Camrose between 1986 and 1999, before switching his allegiance to England. He finished sixth in the 2006 World Open Pairs partnering David Bakhshi. As a long-time member of the BLACK team, he collected a silver medal from the Open Teams at the 2016 European Winter Games in Monaco, finished third in the 2018 European Champions Cup, and third again in the 2022 Rosenblum.

Recent medals

Teams

🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Open Teams - Team Black
🥉2018 17th European Champions' Cup Eilat - Open Teams - Black - Engl. Champion

Photo: Peter Hasenson

Jill Meyers

USA

Jill won the 1998 World Womens Pairs playing with Shawn Quinn. She has finished in all three medal places at the McConnell Cup (the Womens Teams at the open World Championships staged every four years), finishing third in 1998, winning in 2002, and losing in the final in 2006. She also won the Mixed Teams at the 2000 Olympiad playing for E-Bridge. Jill first represented the USA at the 1991 Venice Cup, and she won that event for the first time two years later in Santiago, Chile. She has since reached the final of the Venice Cup on four more occasions, winning in 1997, 2007 and 2013, and losing the 2000 final to the Dutch. She has also reached the final of two other World Championship events, collecting silver medals in the Womens Teams at the 2004 Olympiad and the Mixed Teams at the 2019 World Teams Championships in Wuhan, China.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 US Bridge Championship - Women team - Baker
🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Women Teams - Baker
🥈2021 US Bridge Championship - Women team - Baker
🥈2019 44th World Bridge Teams Championships Wuhan - Mixed Teams - USA 1
🥇2019 US Bridge Championship - Mixed team - Ivatury

Pairs

🥇2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Women Pairs

Photo: Jonathan Steinberg

Alan Mould

England

Alan is a former conductor of the ‘Marks & Comments’ feature in Bridge Magazine. He has represented England many times as a player, coach and NPC, and won a European championship as coach of the England Women’s team in 2001. His partnership with John Holland was instrumental in the England team reaching the final of the Seniors Teams at the 2019 World Championship in Wuhan. Most recently, he won a Bronze medal in the senior teams at the World Bridge Series in Wroclaw in 2022.

Recent medals

Teams

🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Senior Teams - Penfold
🥈2019 44th World Bridge Teams Championships Wuhan - Senior Teams - England

Photo: From Alan Mould

Nick Nickell

USA

Nick reached the final of the Grand National Teams back in 1983 and he won his first National event in 1991, the Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs partnering Bob Hamman. He has now won 25 US National titles (plus 16 second-place finishes), including the Spingold 9 times, the Reisinger 8 times, and the Vanderbilt 5 times, most recently in Louisville just a few weeks ago. Representing the USA, Nick won the Bermuda Bowl at his first attempt, in Beijing in 1995. He has since won three more times (2000,2003 and 2009) and picked up two silver medals and one bronze from the game’s most prestigious event. Most recently, he won the Rosenblum Cup at the 2022 World Championships in Wroclaw in his second final of that event.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2022 16th World Bridge Series - Open Teams - Nickell
🥉2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Open Teams - USA 1

Jacek Pszczola

USA

Jacek won the World Pairs in 1998 (playing with Michal Kwiecien), where he first earned the nickname "Pepsi". In 2017 he won the Bermuda Bowl as part of the USA team.

In between, he has had many successes in international bridge, including winning the Transnational Teams at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships and the Open Teams at the 2011 European Transnational Championships. He finished second in the World Mixed Pairs in 2014 (with Meike Wortel). He has also been the official coach of three teams that have won Seniors World Championship titles, in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Representing his native Poland, he collected three silver and four bronze medals in European and World championship events between 1997 and 2002.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Open Board-A-Match Teams - Pepsi
🥇2020 3rd European Winter Games Monaco - Open Board-A-Match Teams - Pepsi

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Ola Rimstedt

Sweden

Ola is a member of the Swedish Bridge Royal Family, with ten World and seven European Championship titles between them. Ola first represented his country in the Youngsters Teams at the 2009 European Championships. His first victory came in the Schools Teams at the 2013 European Youth Championships in Wroclaw, and this was quickly followed by winning the Youngsters Teams at the 2014 World Youth Championships. Further wins soon followed, in the Youngsters Pairs at the 2014 Europeans and the Junior Pairs at the 2015 World Championships, followed by the 2017 European Junior Teams and the 2018 World Junior Teams titles. In their first major foray after losing their junior status, Ola and his brother Mikael won the Open Pairs at 2018 World Bridge Series in Orlando. They are now regular members of the Swedish Open team.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2023 4th European Winter Games - Open Teams - Orca
🥇2018 17th World Youth Teams Championships Wujang - Junior Teams - Sweden

Photo: Jonathan Steinberg

Andrew Robson

England

A winner of numerous events both at home in the UK and in the USA, Andrew finished second in the Open event at the 2004 World Masters Individual. Representing Great Britain, he won the Junior Teams at the 1989 World Youth Championships and the Open Teams at the 1991 European Championships. He also finished second in the 2014 European Championships and the 2019 Europeans Champions Cup.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2019 18th European Champions' Cup - Open Teams - English Champions
🥉2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Open Teams - Allfrey

Photo: AR

Hanoi Rondon

Chile

Hanoi Rondón learnt bridge from a '50s Goren book after getting curious by watching bridge articles on newspapers. He eventually got to the Venezuelan NBO where they put him up to date; he became tournament director, teacher and fast forward now he's part of the Chilean NBO. You can find some of his content on YouTube.

Photo: From Hanoi Rondon

Erik Saelensminde

Norway

Erik won the Mixed Teams at the 2009 European Transnational Championships and the Lyon Trophy for Transnational Teams playing four-handed as part of the GILLIS team at the 2017 World Team Championships in France. Erik first represented Norway at the 1996 Olympiad and a year later collected bronze medals from both the European Championships and the Bermuda Bowl. Silver medals followed from the same two events in 2001 and he climbed to the top of the podium with victory in the 2007 Bermuda Bowl in Shanghai.

Photo: Jonathan Steinberg

Nevena Senior

England

Nevena Senior playing bridge during her final year at University, in Bulgaria, where she is originally from.

She considers her highest achievements to be winning the European Ladies Pairs in 1987 in Brighton for Bulgaria (when she had only been playing bridge for four years) and the gold medal for England in the Women’s Teams at the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing in 2008

For some time now, she has lived in Nottingham, England.

Source:  www.ebu.co.uk

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2023 10th European Transnational Championships - Women Teams - Tri Polar
🥈2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Women Teams - Tri Polar
🥉2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Women Teams - England
🥉2019 44th World Bridge Teams Championships Wuhan - Women Teams - England

Photo: Peter Hasenson

Pierre Schmidt and Joanna Zochowska

France

Joanna and Pierre are partners at the bridge table as well as in life. Joanna was born in Poland and came to France at the age of 35 to start her career as a bridge professional. She started to play with the French teams in 2008, once naturalized French. 

Although he fell in love with bridge more than 50 years ago, Pierre has been able to play internationally since 2016 only, when his professional career (as managing director of industrials companies) absorbed less of his time.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2023 46th World Team Championships Marrakech - Mixed Teams - France

🥉2022 16th World Bridge Series Wroclaw - Mixed Teams - Coriandre

🥇2022 55th European Team Championships Madeira - Mixed Teams - France

🥇2022 45th World Team Championships - Mixed Teams - France

🥇2021 Online EBL Qualification for WTC - Mixed Teams - France

Barnet Shenkin

Scotland

Barnet first played in the European for Great Britain in 1977 with Michael Rosenberg, with whom he won the Sunday Times Invitational and came second in the Cavendish Invitational in New York.

An author, his recent book Playing with the Bridge Legends combines stories about the greatest players with remarkable events in Bridge. 

Recent medals

Teams

🥉2018 15th World Bridge Series Orlando - Senior Teams - Silverman

Photo: European Bridge League (EBL)

Joey Silver

Canada

Joey announced his arrival on the North American bridge scene by winning the 1974 Vanderbilt Knockout Teams. He also finished second in two other NABC events that year. Twenty years after that first victory, Joey was a member of the most successful Canadian team ever, reaching the final of the 1995 Bermuda Bowl in Beijing.

For a quarter of a century, Joey was a force to be reckoned with in Canadian bridge, winning the National Teams Championship five times and the Seniors Teams title five times between 1994 and 2018. More than forty years after that first dramatic victory, Joey served up a reminder that he was still around, collecting a silver medal at the 2016 World Senior Pairs in Poland.

Photo: ACBL

P O Sundelin

Sweden

Per Olof first represented Sweden at the 1976 Olympiad in Monte Carlo. He has twice won the European Team Championships, in 1977 and 1987. He also collected a silver medal in 1991 and 2004, and bronze in 1989. He has been a member of all of Sweden’s most successful teams at World Championship events, claiming bronze medals at the Bermuda Bowl in 1977, 1987 and 1991, and at the World Team Olympiad in 1988. Since 2011, P-O has been the coach of numerous Swedish junior teams, leading them to bronze medals in the 2011 European Youngsters Teams and collecting gold with the Schools Team at the 2013 European Youth Championships.

Photo: Peter Hasenson

Miguel Villas-Boas

Brazil

Miguel made his international debut in the Brazilian Junior team in the 1991 World Championships. He was a member of the Chagas team that reached the final of the 1998 Rosenblum Cup and he also collected a silver medal in the IMP Pairs at the 2010 World Championships. More recently, he reached the quarter-finals of the Rosenblum in 2018. Representing Brazil, Miguel won the 1998 IOC Grand Prix and lost in the final of the 2000 Bermuda Bowl.

Photo: (sent by MVB)

Wen Fei Wang

China

Wen Fei is currently 5th in the WBF world women's rankings. She was the winner of the Womens Teams at the 2013 European Transnational Championships and collected silver at the 2006 Womens World Pairs. Representing China she won the Venice Cup in 2009 and 2017, the Open Teams at the 1998 IOC Grand Prix, and she has also reached the final of six other World Championship events.

Recent medals

Teams

🥈2019 44th World Bridge Teams Championships Wuhan - Women Teams - China

Photo: World Bridge Federation (WBF)

Migry Zur-Campanile

USA

Migry Zur-Campanile was born in Bucharest, Romania, in a year that is a closely guarded secret. She is now a bridge professional and teacher living in New York with her husband, bridge professional and writer Pietro Campanile.

Recent medals

Teams

🥇2023 46th World Team Championships Marrakech - Mixed Teams - USA2

🥈2022 45th World Bridge Championships - Mixed Teams - USA1