May 27, 2024

BridgeTV is for all to enjoy, participate and learn more about our great game including:

1. Australian and International experts provide tips on how to improve your bridge.

2. Live commentary by expert players of the finals of top Australian and International bridge congresses.

3. Interviews with leading players in Australia and around the world.



Dear BridgeTV Supporters
I have spent the last two years broadcasting BridgeTV from all around Australia and internationally including the World Championships from Marrakech. It was an exhausting process with up to 10 hours a day commentating and sometimes for fourteen days in a row.
When I started BridgeTV one of my major objectives was to promote top Australian and International players amd create champions like in other sports. My greatest concern was whether we would attract enough kibitzers and my experience with dealing with bridge players was that most really just want to play and not to watch our great game.
We did win over a very small but highly loyal following and I am very grateful for your support. However, similar to the international experience, the number of supporters did not just justify the cost to myself and the extremely hard working team of brilliant volunteer commentators. To the group of leading Australian players who commentated I will always be grateful for their long hours and personal support.
I have decided to spend some time this year playing in major events here and hopefully internationally, perhaps in the USA.
I am not sure what direction to take BridgeTV in the future but may broadcast some of the major events particularly if Australians are going well.
Vugraph is now an outdated technology, expensive and very hard to find operators all around the world. We badly need to move to a tablet system with the players inputting bidding and card play with cameras on all players which is demonstrated by the use of RealBridge for online tournaments.
Perhaps, we may also develop the teaching side or provide online games on BridgeTV.
We welcome ideas and feedback from everyone in our bridge community so please send your suggestions, and even interesting bridge problems and articles to us by email at petercox@ozemail.com.au or ring me on 0413676326.

Executive Producer - Peter Cox

Atlanta NABC

BRIDGETV BROADCAST WEDNESDAY 28 NOV 8.00am
Quaterfinals of Soloway at Atlanta NABC
The Australian team of Sartaj Hans - Andy Hung and Nabil Edgtton- Michael Whibley(NZ) are into the Quarter Finals of the North American Bridge Championships in Atlanta.
Yesterday they beat the Levine Team which includes the famous Jeff Meckstroth who has over a thousand kibitzers viewing his every game around the world. It was a very hard fought and close match right to the end when the Aussies won by only 10 IMPS 143 to 133.
Today they took on the World Number One Zimmermann Team. Pierre Zimmermann is a Swiss-born real estate developer and champion bridge player. As a bridge player, he is a quadruple world champion and playing captain of the Swiss team. His team are all world leading professional players based in Monaco.
At the half way point the Australians led Zimmermann but after a disappointing third stanza the Hans team threw everything at the opposition but lost 181 to 131.
A great effort that will again raise the international status of the Hans team and Australian bridge.

Kalpan Blue Ribbon Pairs


Liam Milne and James Coutts have come third in the very prestigious Blue Ribbon Pairs. To give a comparison Jeff Meckstroth came 13th.
Here in Liam's words from his excellent Facebook Australasian Bridge Page
"James Coutts and I finished third in the Blue Ribbon Pairs final today in Atlanta. We had a good session in the morning and were second at halftime, had a slow period in the afternoon and were tenth going into the last round, then had two big boards at the end to climb up the ranking.
We were about a board behind the winners, Andrea Boldrini and Aldo Gerli from Italy. We are exhausted but proud of our effort. It would have been amazing to win but you really do need to have a perfect day and plenty of luck too. Thank you for all the lovely messages over the last few days.
The Reisinger BAM starts tomorrow morning and all your favourite players from down under are playing. I'll keep you posted."

BRIDGETV COMMENTARIES

BridgeTV has now broadcast live commentaries involving Australian Bridge players from the World Team Championships in Italy, The ANOT in Adelaide, The Australian National Championships in South Australia, The NABCs from Providence and Phoenix in the USA, the World Series from Poland, the Spring Nationals from Sydney,and the Playoffs and the SFOB from Canberra. The BridgeTV coverage has been for 3-6 hours a day for up to 13 days in a row for World Championships and our expert commentators have made a wonderful contribution. The coverage has included exciting matches with Australian players doing well against world leading teams in some matches.

BridgeTV regular commentators include Ron Klinger, Sartaj Hans, Maurits Van Der Vlugt, David Beauchamp, Barbara Travis and Phil Markey.

Guest commentators and interviewees include:
Ishmael Del’Monte, Paul Marston, Matt Mullamphy, Ian Thomson, Elizabeth Havas, Nabil Edgtton, Sophie Ashton, Robert Krochmalik, Giselle Mundell, Terry Brown, Kim Frazer, Barry Jones (NZ), James Coutts, Tony Leibowitz, Nick Jacob, Mike Doecke, Fraser Rew, Ron Cooper, Richard Brightling, David Stern and David Thompson.

46th World Bridge Teams Championships 2023 - Marrakech, Morocco



Womens Team Seniors
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The WBF web site Home Page featured "The Australian company BridgeTV is broadcasting daily"
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Day 8 Results - Final Qualifying Day

The Open Team in the Bermuda Bowl lost to India and beat Italy in the final match to finish in 16th place.

New Zealand had a bad day and lost its final two matches to Canada and the Netherlands. This was 11th place which was the best performance of a team from Australia or New Zealand.

In the Women’s event Australia just beat Morocco and had a good win over Argentina to finish in 18th place.

The Seniors lost to Canada and defeated Chinese Taipei to be in 13th place.

The Australian Mixed Team threw everything at the last day to beat Canada 54-26 but lost the final match against Poland 41-69 to finish in 12th place.

The Mixed were the best performing Australian team.


FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023 RESULTS









Find links here for news including results and running scores -
ALL RESULTS , DRAWS, BULLETINS, SYSTEMS, NEWS, RUNNING SCORES


PETE HOLLANDS DAILY SUMMARY
Pete Hollands is providing a daily video update on the performances of the top of the fields, Australia and New Zealand results and some interesting hands. Here is Pete's video files for Days 12 & 13 & Final
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New videos of matches are being listed in LATEST NEWS down below


PETER COX -
Executive Producer - read more
I am in Marrakech (at no expense to the ABF) and will Host the broadcast at least for the first round each day (7.00pm AEST) on BridgeTV of the World Championships. It’s a very long trip of about 39hours with layovers in Jakarta and Istanbul for 7 hrs. However, QF41 was stuck on the ground in Sydney for 9 hrs with mechanical problems. The good news was I got transferred to Emirates (which was great and direct to Dubai and then Casablanca) but unfortunately Qantas did not transfer my luggage to Emirates and I am still hoping it will arrive in Marrakech days later!! My luggage has now arrived after 3 days and having to buy some clothes. The WBF President Jan Kamras lost his luggage only coming from Switzerland but he told me today that it had also finally arrived.

The idea is to fly the flag for BridgeTV, hopefully get some interviews, photos of Australian players and see what is involved with the tablets which have to be the future of bridge. As an IBPA (International Bridge Press Association) member the WBF have agreed to me having access to the press room. Might even get a game at the end in the Transnationals. One of my crazier ideas but any suggestions would be welcome.

COMMENTATORS
Champions, Ron Klinger and Sartaj Hans, will be leading the commentary team but it is a very long event and all commentators are welcome to contribute. If you want to get some mates and come on with me, particularly, if an Australian team is on in the second match of the day after 10pm.

COME ON THE AUSSIES

Flying the Flag - inspired by John McIlrath who provides the Australian flags, caps and Joey as Captain of the Australian Seniors team.


Lets hope an Australian team can do a Matildas.

The Opening Ceremony was on Saturday night and the events started on Sunday.

The Australian teams are:

Andrew Robson's Tips

ANDREW ROBSON - LEADING ENGLISH BRIDGE PROFESSIONAL, AUTHOR, TEACHER, BRIDGE CLUB OWNER - learn more