My posting has been slim the past 10 days or so for two reasons. First - yes, you guessed it, a tournament. Actually, two tournaments. One in Omaha, and one in Sioux Falls, SD. Success was not mine in the first, but in the second, my partner and I managed to come out on top of the heap for points accrued.
In reality, though, three tournaments kept me busy these past days! The third one was far away from my home; Shanghai. No, I never snuck over to the other side of the planet. But, good friends of mine from around the world were competing in an international championship, and I did do some commentary on the matches. Just the first set alone kept me up until well after midnight. I was pooped, with little time nor energy for much more than some work, bridge and sleep!
How did my friends fare in competition? Well, the U.S. performed magnificiently. In the Senior competition, U.S. claimed gold and bronze with a first and third spot. In the Venice Cup (women's competition), U.S. also seized first place. Finally, in the Big Kahuna of bridge matches, dear friends of mine got to the finals, ultimately succumbing to a powerful Norweigan team. Yes, the silver was also claimed by U.S.A.