This year´s 79th international Bridge tournament was an enormous success!
13 tables in the Welcome, 18 tables in the Mixed, 25 tables in the Open and 19 teams. We have not had so many bridge players participating since the seventies and eighties when Count Gian Franco Fabbricotti and his wife Helga Fabbricotti were the organizers of this traditional event where we play in the lovely 5-star hotels Kulm, Palace and Suvretta.
A big thank you goes to Fernando Piedra for his amazing marketing efforts! Not only the quantity of players has gone up but also the quality. 30 % of this year´s bridge players have an international or European medal and I was told by a world champion who played in our tournament, that ours is the strongest privately organized bridge tournament in the world! On top of that we had great weather in St. Moritz and many bridge players enjoyed skiing in perfect conditions.
Furthermore I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following hotels for their generous support with free rooms during the tournament and advertisements in our bridge program: Badrutt´s Palace, Suvretta House, Kulm Hotel, Unique Hotel Eden, Art Boutique Hotel Monopol, Crystal Hotel and Hotel Sonne. Without their support this tournament would not be as unique as it is. It would be great if you could consider these hotels when you make your booking for the next tournament in 2021.
Our 80th anniversary is coming up in 2021 and we look forward to seeing you all again. I will post the dates which will be around the same time as soon as possible.
In the meantime I wish you all a great 2020.
All European and World Medalists
In 1941 our bridge tournament took place in the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz for the first time with just four tables. This small but very refined event was organized by Count Gian-Franco Fabbricotti-Roosevelt which he continued to do until he passed away in 1996. As of 1975 he was increasingly supported by his wife Countess Helga Fabbricotti. Today the tournament is organized by her daughter Karin Deilmann and Fernando Piedra, a professional bridge player.
79 years of bridge in St. Moritz is a long time. The tournament developed from the four tables in 1941 up to over 40 tables in the 70ies. Thanks to the most generous support of the hotels Palace, Eden, Suvretta, Kulm and Hauser we were always able to invite highly qualified bridge players from all over the world thus maintaining a very high niveau. Furthermore this tournament was always very international.
Sabine Auken, Angelika Hederer, Herman Drenkelford
Famous bridge players such as Omar Sharif, Rixie Markus, Fritzi Gordon, Maria Erhart, Prince Rohan, Ed Franken, Jacqueline Maus, Zia Mahmood, Sabine Auken and many others came and still come regularly to the beautiful Engadin to participate in our wonderful tournament. Traditionally this tournament always takes place mid January. We play for ten days in the hotels Palace, Kulm and Suvretta. Today there are about 42 couples playing the Open and about 15 teams. The tournaments usually beginn at 3.30 p.m. allowing players to spend time with other activities such as skiing, curling or just walking around the frozen lake enjoying the steel blue sky of the Engadin.
We look forward to your participation!