Norberto Bocchi Asks: Michel Bessis

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On 3 February, 2013 At 14:58

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Michele Bessis

Michel Bessis

 Today ends the fourth edition of this International event that as every year among its players you can find many of the best international and national bridge players of the world, providing a high level championship.

Taking this opportunity the World Grand Master Norberto Bocchi is performing a series of interviews with some of the most famous participants.

 Today Norberto chose Michel Bessis: a professional bridge player and one of the   the great bridge masters of France and the world.  Leggi in Italiano

Thomas y Veronique Bessis

Thomas y Veronique Bessis

Michel is married with Veronique Bessis (a bridge professional too) and have two sons: Thomas and Olivier.  With his son Thomas, they form one of the most successful pairs of  today’s WW bridge, his last major win was in the 4º TGRs Auction Pairs  where they managed to finish first with a 74.3% performance in the last session, playing against many of the best pairs in the world. These are some of his best results in the WBF team competitions:

1996

4th EUROPEAN MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS
Monte Carlo 1996 – Mixed Teams

1

BESSIS
Mixed team

1998

5th EUROPEAN MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aachen 1998 – Mixed Teams

1

BESSIS
Mixed team

2000

11th WORLD TEAM OLYMPIAD
Maastricht 2000 – Mixed Teams

2

BESSIS
Mixed team

2007

3rd EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Antalya 2007 – Open Teams

1

BESSIS
Open team

2007

3rd EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Antalya 2007 – Mixed Teams

3

VENTIN
Mixed team

2007

38th WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Shanghai 2007 – Transnational Teams

1

ZIMMERMANN
Transnational team

Michel Bessis is the head teacher of  Bridge Academy an Online Bridge academy, with the participation of his wife, sons, Alain Levy, Julien Clément, Frédérique Anne Levy and others. With these words Michel describes his site: Progress with the best, courses, interactive exercises, a forum of bridge and much more! in  http://www.bridge-academy.com/

Meet Michel Bessis:

A) How have you been captured by bridge?

What captured me is that there is never anything definitive in bridge, every day you can learn and there is always something new to learn

B) Which system do you play with your partner?

V Major French style with strong two-level openings

C) How would you describe your bridge style?

I think a solid style

D) Which is the first bridge book you read?

It was so many years ago, I think i do not remember anymore!

Christian Mari

E) Is there a player who influenced your game?

Christian Mari

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

Best partner’s skill is keeping concentrantion

G) Which is your favourite tournament?

 The Cavendish and Biarritz

Bessis Thomas

Thomas Bessis

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

Surely the greatest joy came when I won the European Championships in Antalya (2007) where I played with my son Thomas.

Alfredo Versace

Alfredo Versace

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

Alfredo Versace

J) Which teammates would you like to have?

Helgemo – Helness y Bocchi -Madala

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

No superstition

Helgemo – Helness

Helgemo–Helness

L1) What is your favourite music?

Beethoven

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

I like athletics and football. I’m a supporter of PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) and Barcelona

3) Which is your favourite actor/actress?

Jean Gabin y Nicolas Cage

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

I’m very fond of horse racing.

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