Join Bridge Winners
Who won the 1974 Monte Carlo Open Pairs?

I'm seeking evidence for a Wiki article on cheating in bridge. If you know the answer to this question, or anything more about that event, please back it up with solid facts from a reliable source like [i]le Bridgeur[/i] or [i]la Revue Française de Bridge[/i] - with chapter and verse: writer's name, article title, journal name, volume, issue, date, page numbers, and anything else you can think of. There seems to be nothing in [i]TBW[/i], [i]Bridge Magazine[/i], or [i]EBU Quarterly[/i].

 

This explains why I'm looking: Alan Sontag, [i]The Bridge Bum[/i] (1977), p. 15: "The Garozzo-Belladonna partnership was rumored, through 1973, never to have lost a pairs event (when they were finally defeated in Monte Carlo in 1974 there was evidence that the victors were cheating)".

 

Monte Carlo 1974 (June 7-16) was a money competition. From an advert in EBU Quarterly No. 32 February 1974, pp. 12-13: "The most elegant of bridge festivals ... total prize list of $60,000 in cash ... daily sessions from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., leaving ample time to enjoy the beaches in the morning and the extensive night life after the day's play". First prize in the Open Pairs was $6,000. The entry fee was $40. I could never have afforded to play in that event, even for a prize worth one-and-one-third times my annual salary.

28 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top