Observant readers will have noticed that we did not play in the ACBL Summer Nationals this year. This is because we are off to Philadelphia this weekend to play in the World Bridge Series. As described by the WBF, "Up to 100 nations are expected to participate in the world series, represented by thousands of the world’s best players competing for world titles in many categories."
All the events are transnational and are open to all eligible players - no qualification required. The main event for us is the World Open Knockout Teams, known as the Rosenblum. It starts on Tuesday with three days of round robin play to reduce the field to 64 teams for the knockout stages. We are playing with most of our Washington team - Alex, Sam, Tim, Alan and Mike - our own set of transnationals with Scottish, English and Welsh representation, collectively known as the British Lions.
Sam and Tim are flying out first to play in the Mixed Pairs. Good luck to them and the other Scottish pairs - Liz, David, Dee and Anna.
You can follow the progress of everyone on the WBF website (results).
There are a fair number of British players going, including the England U20 team for the World Youth event, and I'm sure we'll also meet up with many of our friends from previous US trips. Bloggers will also be there, some organising (Anna) and others playing (Memphis Mojo, Ron Klinger, Jenn and Bob, the bridgewinners crowd). The Bridge Base Forums will also be well represented.
I'll try to keep a commentary going through the two-week event.