2013 SportAccord World Mind Games

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Source: WBF
The 2013 World Mind Games were held in Beijing from 11th – 18th December 2013. Four Open and Four Women’s Teams represented Bridge at this excellent tournament. The schedule of play can be downloaded here
Results Click here   Bulletins Click here

Maurizio Di Sacco
Maurizio Di Sacco

Last Day:

The Sportaccord Mind Games ended in Beijing. The last bridge event was the individual competition, and with it fell the curtain of the third SportAccord Mind Sports Games since the bridge was the last discipline to award medals.

Bali 2013 Cesary Balicki
Bali 2013 Cesary Balicki

Cesary Balicki from Poland, won the Open, second was Thor Helness and third Haojun Shi. Little glory for Fantoni and Nunes, thirteen, and seventeen, respectively, who dominated in pairs and teams. The individual, for that matter, is much like a lottery: it is true that to win you have to play well, but it is also necessary that the two adversaries (and this is true even in pairs), and your partner collaborate. These are the top ten:

1 Cezary Balicki POL 56.23
2 Helness Tor lun 55.91
3 Haojun Shi CHN 54.43
4 Zmudzinski Adam POL 53.54
5 Krzysztof Buras POL 53.36
6 Mark Cohen EE.UU. 52.90
7 David Grainger EE.UU. 52.75
8 Zhengjun Shi CHN 52.14
9 lun 51.33 Geir Helgemo
10 Adam Wildavsky EE.UU. 50.64

Cheri Bjerkan
Cheri Bjerkan

In the Ladies category, this afternoon the «The Star-Spangled Banner» is going to be heard as the U.S. Cheri Bjerkan was the one who won the Individual. Cheri Bjerkan is known on the international scene as she is among the winners of prestigious events. Second was the formidable Wenfei Wang, Bridge ambassador with Fulvio Fantoni, and the third also from China, Zhang Yu.

See you next year, the last of the four to be held under contract in China. Sport Accord has already announced that the show will continue, although it is not known whether it will be in China or some Arab States, or in any of the former Soviet republics or India … which are those that are among the candidates. These are the top ten:

1 Bjerkan Cheri USA 55.07
2 Wenfei Wang CHN 54.64
3 Zhang Yu CHN 54.49
4 Miner Carol USA 53.77
5 Senior Nevena ENG 53.62
6 Tal Dana ISR 53.04
7 Eythorsdottir Hjordis USA 52.61
8 Deas Lynn USA 52.46
9 Bird Sinead ENG 51.74
10 Liping Wang CHN 51.16

 Day 4: Monday, December 16 2013
Open Pairs Podium
Ladies Pairs Podium
Open: Fulvio Fantoni & Claudio Nunes wins the Pairs Tournament
Rank Pairs   Nationality %
1 Fantoni Fulvio Nunes Claudio MON – MON 57.73
2 Haojun Shi Dai Jianming CHN – CHN 56.14
3 Buras Krzysztof Narkiewicz Andrzej POL – POL 53.52
Ladies: Feng Xuefeng & Zhang Yu wins the Pairs Tournament
Rank Pairs   Nationality %
1 Feng Xuefeng Zhang Yu CHN – CHN 55.11
2 Dhondy Heather Senior Nevena ENG – ENG 54.55
3 Tal Dana Tal Noga ISR – ISR 54.30

Day 3:  Sunday, December 15 2013

Monaco, Open Gold winners
Monaco, Open Gold winners
With a brilliant display of almost perfect bridge it was Monaco, represented by Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes, Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness, Franck Multon & Pierre Zimmermann who won the Men’s Team Championship at the 2013
SportAccord World Mind Games, defeating Poland’s Adam Zmudzinski Marcin Mazurkiewicz, Cezary Balicki, Krzysztof Buras, Krzysztof Jassem and Andrzej Narkiewicz. The bronze medals went to China, Zhang Bangxiang, Dai Jianming, Ju Chuancheng, Shi Haojun, Shi Zhengjun & Wang Weimin.
China, Ladies Gold winners
China, Ladies Gold winners
In a thrilling Women’s final, China’s Wang Wenfei, Feng Xuefeng, Zhang Yu, Wang Liping, Yan Ru & Liu Yan came snatched victory from England’s Sinéad Bird, Fiona Brown, Heather Dhondy, Sarah O’Connor, Susan Stockdale & Nevena
Senior on the very last board, with the USA, Carole Miner, Cynthia Balderson, Lynn Deas, Hjördís Eythórsdóttir, Rozanne Pollack & Cheryl Bjerkan finishing third. It was appropriate that each of the winning teams contained the Bridge Ambassadors here in Beijing, Fulvio Fantoni & Wang Wenfei.
Open Monaco wins the Teams Event
  c/o Segment
1 Tot 2 Tot 3 Total
Monaco 16 18 34 19 53 75 128
Poland 0 25 25 10 35 19 54
  c/o Segment
1 Tot 2 Tot 3 Total
China 16 57 73 44 117 29 146
USA 0 30 30 28 58 80 138
Ladies: China wins the Teams event
  c/o Segment
1 Tot 2 Tot 3 Total
England 8.5 40 48.5  12 60.5  35 95.5 
China 0 33 33 27 60 41 101
  c/o Segment
1 Tot 2 Tot 3 Total
USA 12.5 28 40.5  33 73.5  24 97.5 
Israel 0 10 10 13 23 50 73


In China everybody enjoys bridge!

In the Men’s series of the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games Monaco and Poland reached the Gold medal round. Monaco made sure of their place by virtue of a handsome win in the first match of the day against the overnight leaders, while the Polish squad bounced back in the second match with a vital win against China that gave them a handy lead over their rivals for the other berth in the final. They needed it as, while they were losing badly to the USA, China scored a big win against Monaco.

In the Women’s series England won all three matches to overtake second placed USA and move to the top of the table. China was virtually certain of a spot in the final when they scored a decisive win over USA in the day’s opening match, but a huge loss to England meant they finished the Round Robin in second place.

Sportaccord 2013: Esperando las Posiciones
Dia 1: The anxious wait to score up

Day 1: Friday, December 13, 2013

The European teams dominated play in the Open’s event on day one of the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games. Poland won all three matches to race into a commanding lead ahead of Monaco. These two are well clear of China, while the USA, who lost all three matches by significant margins are already in an almost hopeless position in terms of reaching the Gold medal playoff. It was a different story in the Women’s event, where no team remained undefeated. China has a useful lead over the USA, but England and Israel are by no means out of contention.

SportAccord show de arte
SportAccord show de arte

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2013 Sport Accord World Mind Games was a triumph. The entry of the Game’s flag and representatives of the athletes and referees was followed by the entry of the national flag of the People’s Republic of China and the flag of Sport Accord. The playing of the National Anthem of the People’s Republic of China and the raising of the flag was followed by the raising of the Sport Accord flag and the playing of its anthem. (A brilliant touch was the use of a wind machine to ensure the flags flew!). Then came a spectacular Arts Performance by the art troupe of the Beijing Sport University…

SportAccord Ambassadors for Bridge

Fulvio Fantoni from Monaco and Wang Wenfei from China have been appointed as SportAccord Ambassadors for Bridge.Click here to read more

Fulvio Fantoni (Monaco)
Fulvio Fantoni
Wang Wenfei
Wang Wenfei

Click here to go to the official website for more information about the Games. And more information including past bulletins and the list of the teams representing Bridge this year can be found here

Information about the winners of the Online Tournament, Leo LaSota and Fan Liang, can be found here.

Leo LaSota
Leo LaSota
Fan Liang
Fan Liang

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