OCHO RIOS, Jamaica — Great Britain and the United States jumped into the lead Monday after 32 deals of their 160-deal semifinal matches in the Bermuda Bowl World contract bridge team championship.
In the Venice Cup World Women's team championship, Italy and the United States I, captained by John Sutherlin, pulled ahead after 32 deals of their 128-deal semi-finals.
Two grand slams were in the cards, and the British gained heavily on one of them to go ahead of Sweden, 64-61.
On the first, Sweden stopped in a game while the British bid the grand to gain 17 points. One Swedish pair bid the second grand while another pair took a 2,000-point save--a six-point gain for Sweden since the grand scored 2,220.