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Italy's Golden Run Continues

The european Open Teams Champions

The Seniors Series Champions

It was business as usual for the Azzurri as Norberto Bocchi, Dano De Falco, Giorgio Duboin, Guido Ferraro, Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace, Maria Teresa Lavazza (Captain) & Massimo Ortensi (Coach) secured a fourth successive European Open Team Championship title for the reigning Olympiad Champions. Norway took the silver medals and Poland the bronze. Long time leaders Russia were fourth, while the exciting battle for fifth place saw Israel pip Denmark and France.

  It was Poland I, represented by Wit Klapper, Andrzej Milde, Wlodzimierz Stobiecki, Wlodzimierz Wala, Jerzy Russyan & Andrzej Wilkosz, who secured the European Senior Team Championship title from the holders, France 2 and France 1.

The 45th European Bridge Championships, took place in Arona, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain from 16th to 30th June 2001. Held every odd-numbered year, this is Europe's most prestigious competition, comprising the Open Teams, the Ladies Teams, the Senior Teams, the Ladies Pairs and the Transnational Ladies Teams Cup.

The Canary Islands are Spain's tropical paradise and for Spaniards living in mainland Spain they are synonymous with holidays, as they are for the hundreds and thousands of foreign tourists who pack the islands' resorts all year round.

The island of Tenerife is the largest of the Canary archipelago and it is well-known in the world as the island of eternal spring because of its peerless climate is full of huge contrasts and has a great variety of scenery in the different regions.

The Championships was played in the "MARE NOSTRUM RESORT" in Arona, which is in the southern part of Tenerife. "Mare Nostrum Resort" is a large complex where every wish is fulfilled. A place that without the necessity of leaving the resort you can try gastronomy from all around the world, take part in sports and cultural events, have a restful, quite part of the excitement of participating the Bridge Championship!

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