EUROPEAN BRIDGE LEAGUE
21 March 2003
Dear President and friend,
1st EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
MENTON, FRANCE - 14-28 June
As you know, the Championship will take place at the
Palais de l’Europe in Menton, Côte d’Azur, France,
from 14th to 28th June 2003. The Member of the EBL Executive Committee
in charge for your country has already contacted you and we sent
you the leaflet with all the useful information and the Rules and
Regulations. May I remind you in any case that you can find all
the information on the EBL web-site (www.eurobridge.org).
The organisational work is in progress and is proceeding
very well. Menton and the Palais de l’Europe will be able
to welcome all the participants and accompanying guests. We hope
that the event will be a great success: many bridge friends, not
only from Europe but also from the other WBF Zones, will attend
the Championship to enjoy all together this extraordinary event.
As I already said in Telecittà at the Seminar
last October, the Executive Committee of the EBL and I personally
are proud to have succeeded, through no small amount of effort,
in introducing this new event, organised not for but with the NBOs.
As I have already previously mentioned, the participants and those
accompanying them will have the chance to visit beautiful Menton
and the enchanting Cote d’Azur.
May I repeat that the Championship is an instrument
that the Federations can use in a fruitful way for the greater promotion
of bridge in their countries, acting as a stimulus to all their
members who will have the chance to compete on an international
level, not as anonymous participants at a Festival or Tournament,
but representing their own country at an official event which awards
a title and medal.
One of the primary objectives of each Federation is
to increase the technical level of its members and by obtaining
this, encourage participation at international events.
The experience gained in these events not only improves
the technical level and knowledge of play by encountering the other
different cultures, but also offers the participants incommensurable
gratification which would be difficult to experience elsewhere.
The gratification and satisfaction transform into a resonance box.
The player who has participated becomes the best promoter of our
discipline and his enthusiasm, also unconsciously, will create others
The EBL Executive Committee and I are convinced that
you will have already publicised the event within your Federation
and right now I wish to express to you and your colleagues our appreciation
and gratitude for this: as (and more than) usual your help is very
important in publicising the Championship and its success depends
exclusively on your strong co-operation.
I hope that there will be a large entry from your
Federation in Menton and I look forward to seeing you there, where,
furthermore, the EBL General Assembly for the election of the EBL
Officers for the next four years term will be held.
All the best to you and your Federation.