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officially opened the European Schools team Championship yesterday
evening in a short informal ceremony at the Riviera Centre. Panos
stressed that the Schools Championship would be played, from a technical
point of view, under exactly the same conditions as the European
Open or any other Team Championship.
Present was Giannarigo
Rona, the President of the European Bridge League.
We should all be grateful to Giannarigo for bringing some Italian
sunshine with him to Torquay.
All the teams were
presented, with the Scots getting the loudest applause for the traditional
kilts worn by the men in the team.
We have seen how many Junior players go on to represent
their countries at Open or Ladies level, likewise, many of those
taking part here in the Schools tournament will play in future Junior
events. And from there, who knows which will go on to become Open
or Ladies European or even World Champions? Good luck to all.
Italy went top of the Junior Championship
with a 21-9 victory over Greece. France drop to second
after drawing 13.5-13.5 with Estonia on vugraph (1.5 VPs
each in slow play fines). Croatia and Poland both
had wins to go joint third. Bottom team, Scotland boosted
their confidence with a convincing 24-6 win against Germany.