France – Jérôme Rombaut and Cédric Lorenzini won the French pairs title, the most prestigious French title in this category. Franck Multon and Pierre Zimmermann finished second. Lorenzini (22) is world champion bridge under 21, a title he won already in 2008 in Beijing, China. At the moment he is the youngest player in the Division Nationale. Rombaut (35) repesented his country on many occasions. The trainer/coach of the pair is Kzrysztof Martens from Poland.
Sweden – Per Gunnar “PG” Eliasson is the new captain of Swedish Open Team.
Germany – Team JAMM with Alex Smirnov-Josef Piekarek, Roland Rohowsky-Jörg Fritsche and Michael Gromöller-Martin Rehder won the German Open Team Trials after an exciting final against Von Alvensleben. JAMM will represent Germany at the European Championships in Ireland in June and the World Mind Games in Lille in August.
Australia – The young Australian team of Liam Milne, Andy Hung, Michael Whibley, Nye Griffiths, Nabil Edgtton and Alex Smirnov (Germany), also known as “The Kiddies”, won the prestigious open team event at the Gold Coast Congress at Surfers Paradise, in Australia.
Israel – Israeli Juniors won the Israeli Team Trials beating Team Bareket by 233 to 180 IMPs in a final played over 112 boards. The winning team consisted of the four young players Fisher-Schwartz and Alon Birman-Padon and was supported by veterans Ilan and Ophir Herbst as third pair. The three pairs will play for Israel in the upcoming European Team Championships in Dublin. The runners-up (Bareket-Lengy, Liran-Friedlander and Ginossar-Pachtman) will represent their country at the World Mind Sports Games’ Bridge in August 2012. The juniors are a very talented and successful group of young bridge players. They are the reigning European and World Champions in junior bridge. Last year they won the World Transnational Championships in Veldhoven.
March 17, 2012