In what is being promoted as an Internet first, the World Bridge Federation will present The Yeh Online Bridge World Cup, the first bridge competition ever to be streamed live.
The tourney, to occur over three days, October 31 through November 2, will feature some of the world’s best-known bridge champions and celebrities. One headliner is Microsoft founder, philanthropist and bridge devotee Bill Gates, who will play for the USA-BBO team led by Bob Hamman, who is ranked as the world’s all-time top player.
Gates’ team will play in Seattle. Two teams – the CCBA team, featuring Zeng Peiyan, former vice premier for Economy and general secretary of the Asian Economic Forum, and the Chen Yeh team – will be in Beijing, China. The Europe-Lavazza team, featuring the top two women players in the world, Sylvie Willard and Bénédicte Cronier, will play from Turin, Italy.
The online show will allow viewers to monitor player reactions to their “hands” (computers will be used in lieu of cards) which will be captured by webcams.
Bill Gates and his partner Sharon Osberg will play the first match against Team Lavazza at 12 am ET, November 1, 9 pm local time October 31.
To learn more about the competition and to catch the action live, visit bridgeonlineworldcup. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will also stream content throughout the competition.
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