Norberto Bocchi Ask: Bas Drijver

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Taking advantage of the IV INTERNATIONAL OPEN BRIDGE OF BARCELONA, an elite player, the WGM Norberto Bocchi interviews the best bridge players participating in the event. Now On-Line his Bas Drijver interview

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On 7 February, 2013 At 14:18

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IV OPEN INTERNACIONAL DE BRIDGE DE BARCELONA: Barcelona, February 1, 2 & 3 2013
 

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Bas Drijver

Bas Drijver

Just completed the fourth edition of this international event today we are publishing the last of the series of interviews that the Grand World Master Norberto Bocchi performed to some of the world’s most famous participants of this IV Barcelona Open.

 Today Norberto chose Bas Drijver: professional bridge player and one of the great Open bridge players of Netherlands and the world. Bas Drijver has been successful with Sjoert Brink since they were young, winning several national and international tournaments, including the IOC Grand Prix Junior Teams in Salt Lake City in 2002. Bas debuted on the national team (playing with Maarten Schollaardt), winning silver during the 2004 Olympiad. Thereafter he rekindled his partnership with Sjoert Brink, finishing third at the Open European Championships and at the Bermuda Bowl in 2007. He has been part of the national team since 2004, and his greatest successes include winning the European Champions Cup in 2010 and winning the Open European Championships in 2009. Bas is an in-house counsel attorney two days a week and otherwise a professional bridge player. He also likes playing tennis and is married with two children. Source: BridgeWinners.

  • BBO Name : BasDr
  • Residence : Capelle aan den Ijseel, Holland
  • Date of Birth : April 2nd, 1980
  • Favorite Convention : Transfers in Competition
  • Regular Partner : Sjoert Brink

These are his recent WBF results:

2011
1
2011
2
2011
1
2012
2
2012
5
2012
4

Meet Bas:

A) How have you been captured by bridge?

My parents play the game and taught it to my 2 brothers and me.

B) Which system do you play with your partner?

Pretty natural Dutch doubleton with a lot of special agreements after intervention.

C) How would you describe your bridge style?

Aggressive and boring.

D) Which is the first bridge book you read?

“Test Your Elimination Play” by Hugh Kelsey

Simon-de-Wijs

Simon-de-Wijs

E) Is there a player who influenced your game?

I learned a lot from Simon de Wijs, whom I played with when I was still learning the game

 F) Which is the best quality a partner can have?

Being a good friend away from the bridge table

G) Which is your favourite tournament?

Bermuda Bowl

H) What is your most memorable happy moment at the bridge table?

Beating Italy in semifinal in Netherlands 2011

Agustin Madala

Agustin Madala

I) Apart from your regular partner, who would you like to play with in an important tournament?

Agustin Madala

J) Which teammates would you like to have?

Rodwell-Meckstroth

Rodwell-Meckstroth

Meckwell or Bocchi-Madala

K) Is there anything you do to avoid bad luck at the bridge table?

Nope

L1) What is your favourite music?

Black eyed Peas  

L) Some authors outside the bridge?

Dan Brown

2) Are you a sports fan, e.g. football?

Yes, I love watching tennis, soccer and lately I started appreciating American football

3) Which is your favourite actor/actress?

Al Pacino/Angelina Jolie

M) What do you do in your spare time when you are not playing bridge?

I take care of my kids and play (other) sports


 

Muchas gracias, Bas! 

See you in Russia, Norberto!

Adios y hasta muy pronto

Norberto

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