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Austria Captures Championship in Women’s Bridge Olympiad

September 5, 1992

SALSOMAGGIORE, Italy (AP) _ Austria, bouncing back from an early setback, defeated Britain, 266-218, Friday to win the Women’s Contract Bridge Olympiad.

France meanwhile led the defending champion United States, 120-59, halfway through the final of the Olympiad’s open division.

The British women got off to a strong start in the first half of their 96- hand match Thursday. But in the fourth of the six segments, Austria made slams the British didn’t bid, made game contracts the British lost and collected large penalties.

After increasing their lead to 56 points in the first segment Friday, the Austrians relaxed through the second segment as Britain made a small gain.

The Austrian team consisted of three partnerships: Terri Weigkricht and Doris Fischer; Marie Erhart and Barbara Lindinger; and Jovanka Smederevac and Herta Gyimesi, who were playing in their first world championship competition.

In the open division finals, the Americans had serious slam problems. Eric Rodwell of West Lafayette, Ind., and Jeff Meckstroth of Columbus, Ohio, bid two grand slams that were beaten. France bid in small slams, which they fulfilled.

The 96-hand match was to continue Saturday.

Also playing for the United States were Bob Hamman and Bobby Wolff, both of Dallas; Seymon Deutsch of Laredo, Texas, and Mike Rosenberg of New York City. Dan Morse of Houston served as non-playing captain.

Playing for France were Paul Chemla, Michel Perron, Alain Levy, Herve Mouiel, Pierre Adad and Maurice Aujaleu. Jose Damiani is non-playing captain.

The U.S.-France final is a rematch of the 1980 final in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, when France won after Hamman, on lead against a grand slam holding two aces, led the wrong card.

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