POLAND DID IT AGAIN!
Only The Netherlands who finished first in the Girls series made a difference at the list of the gold medals awarded at the 2005 European Youth Team Championships: the other two titles – in the Juniors and Schools – remained in the hands of Poland. Indeed, Poland managed to score a very rare record by catching a double victory for the second event in a row!
The 2005 European Youth Team Championships took place in Riccione, Italy, July 13-23. As the result of the change of cycle, this event was the first to be held in a odd-numbered year, just months after the previous such event held in Prague, Czech Republic, last August.
46 national teams from 25 countries competed in the Championships’ three series for Juniors (up to 25), Schools (up to 20) and Girls (female Juniors).
The 20th European Youth Team Championships was held in Riccione, Italy, from 13 to 23 July 2005.
The event comprised a Junior series (for players born in 1980 or later), a Schools series (for players born in 1985 or later) and a Girls series (for players born in 1980 or later). It was open to national teams of the EBL member countries and was organized by the European Bridge League in cooperation with the Italian Bridge Federation.
The Championship is the flagship of the EBL youth programme. It was inaugurated in 1968 in Prague (Juniors only), and since then has been held regularly every two years. The Schools series was added in 1994 to accommodate younger players coming out of national bridge programmes for school children, while the Girls series (for female Juniors) was inaugurated last year.
The 19th event of the series was organized in August 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic. The reigning champions are Poland in both Junior and Schools series and Austria in the Girls Series .
For a list of former winners, click here