According the agreement signed last February by EBL (European Bridge League) and DBV (Deutscher Bridge Verband) the 10 European Champions’ Cup will be played in Bad Honnef, Hotel Avendi, November 17-20th, 2011. According to the results of the 2010 European Open Teams Championship held in Ostend, and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations, the teams which won the main national Open Team Championship in 2010 of the following NBOs, plus the defending Champion “Onstein” Netherlands, and the Host Team, are invited to participate: Bulgaria, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Turkey.
Bad Honnef (the town of Konrad Adenauer) is located in front of Bonn on the other side of the Rhein. The nearest airport is Bonn/Koeln (25km by motorway).
The defending Champion is Onstein team (The Netherlands): Sjoert Brink, Bas Drijver, Bauke Muller, Simon de Wijs.
The Italian partecipating team is Lavazza, that won Italian Clubs Championship in 2010: Norberto Bocchi, Giorgio Duboin, Agustin Madala, Antonio Sementa and Guido Ferraro.
Record holder is Angelini team with six wins. Bamberger Reiter of hosting country Germany won the Cup once, in Rome 2006.
Format – The teams are divided into two groups of six and in each group a complete round-robin of 20 boards will be played. At the end of the round-robin the first two ranked teams will play a KO match of 48 boards (4 sessions of 12: 1st A v. 2nd B – 1st B v. 2nd A) in Semi-final A, the third and fourth in Semi-final B (3rd A v. 4th B – 3rd B v. 4th A) and the fifth and sixth in Semi-final C (5th A v. 6th B – 5th B v, 6th A). The winners of Semi-final A will play a KO match of 48 boards (4 sessions of 12) for the title; the losers will play a KO Match of 36 boards (3 sessions of 12) for the third place; the winners of the Semi-finals B and C will play a KO match of 36 boards (3 sessions of 12), respectively, for fifth and ninth places; the losers of these Semi-finals will not play.
The winner Team will receive the title of European Champion Club as well as the right to participate in the next edition.
1st Team – 5,000 € – EBL Gold Medal – Trophy
2nd Team – 3,000 € – Silver Medal
3rd Team – 2,000 € – Bronze Medal
4th Team – 1,500 €
5th Team – 1,000 €
9th Team – 600 €
PROGRAMME & SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Thursday 17th November
16.30 – Captains’ Meeting
16.45 – Opening
17.00 – Round Robin 1st match (20 boards)
20.00 – Dinner
21.15 – Round Robin 2nd match (20 boards)
Friday 18th November
10.30 – Round Robin 3rd match (20 boards)
13.20 – Lunch
14.15 – Round Robin 4th match (20 boards)
17.25 – Round Robin 5th match (20 boards)
Saturday 19th November
11.00 – Semi-final 1st Session (12 boards)
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Semi-final 2nd Session (12 boards)
16.00 – Semi-final 3rd Session (12 boards)
18.00 – Semi-final 4th Session (12 boards)
Sunday 20th November
11.00 – Final & Play-Off 1st Session (12 boards)
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Final & Play-Off 2nd Session (12 boards)
16.00 – Final & Play-Off 3rd Session (12 boards)
18.00 – Final 4th Session (12 boards)
21.00 – Prize Giving & Victory Banquet
All the participants will be invited at the Prize-giving Gala Dinner on Sunday 20th November.