Source: 36th Nordic Bridge Championships Bulletins

In each of the three bulletins of the 36th Nordic Bridge Championships, interviews were published to three of the best players present at the event. Among the questions there was one dedicated to the next generations of players:

Any advice to a young, promising bridge player aiming to become a champion.

These were the answers:

Helle Rasmussen
Helle Rasmussen
  1. Helle Rasmunssen – Denmark: Helle is a true champion with the hunger for more.  Give us a short summary of your victories at the table, what is your best memory so far?
    The best is of course the gold medal from the Open European Championship in Montecatini, 2017. But I also love the Nordic Championships (she won 4 Nordic Championship in a raw), the bronze from another European championship and all the ones from Danish championships.

Any advice to a young, promising bridge player aiming to become a champion.

Play all that you can and remember to have fun!

Gunn Tove Vist
Gunn Tove Vist

2) Gunn Tove Vist – Norway made her entry on the Nordic Arena back in 2007 winning the gold for Norway. Since then she has shown skills and hunger at the bridgetable making her one of the most respected players.  Give us a short summary of your victories at the table, what is your best memory so far?
All victories are very good memories, but if I have to pick one, I think it must be my debut at the Norwegian ladies’ team when we won the Nordic Championship in 2007. None believed we could win, but we proved them wrong. I also have won several Norwegian Championships during the years and the European mixed team Championship in 2009.

Any advice to a young, promising bridge player aiming to become a champion

Believe in yourself. It takes time, but all is possible if you think you can do it and put enough effort into it. Don’t waste your time on things you can’t do anything about. Concentrate on yourself and your game, aiming to be as good as you can.

Katherine Bertheau
Katherine Bertheau

3) Katherine Bertheau – Sweden. Kathrine was born in Norway and grew up together with her good friend Tonje Brogeland in Kongsberg. Most people count her as Swedish, but Norwegians do not let her go too easy. She is still celebrating the national day, 17th of May. I’m sure she has a hidden flag in the closet where Peter never look! Kathrine can look back on 10 Nordic championships, 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 Bronze. Give us a short summary of your victories at the table: My first medal was in the open European championships in Menton, we got a silver in the mixed teams. The next year we won the European championships in Malmö.

Any advice to a young, promising bridge player aiming to become a champion

I dont think there is a shortcut, the answer is always to play a lot, to play with and against good players, and maybe to listen and learn.

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