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Caserta (Italy) – The team Matteucci from Padova won the Italian Mixed Team Cup: Mario Matteucci, Donatella Aillaud, Luca and Fiorenza Bellussi, Bernardo Biondo and Francesca Di Lembo. Second place went to the team Causa from Genova: Marina Causa, Matteo Baldi, Rita Federico, Francesco Murgia, Francesco Nicolodi, Francesca Piscitelli and Stefano Sabbatini. Third place went to Nuovo Bridge Insieme from Rome: Francesco Scriattoli, Antonella Caggese, Massimo and Barbara Dato, Riccardo Iacono, Ilaria Saccavini, Daniela Salvemini and Fabio Zampini. The final stages of Italian Mixed Team Cup were held in Caserta from 20 to 23 September.

USA – 2012 SportAccord World Mind Games Teams Selected. The USBF Board has invited the following 6 pairs to represent the United States in the second SportAccord Mind Games Tournament in Beijing, China this December. The pairs were selected in an “instant run-off” election in which all players who had made the Finals of the Open and Women’s Trials in the last 5 years voted. The selected Open team: Curtis Cheek & Joe Grue, John Hurd & Joel Wooldridge, Ralph Katz & Howard Weinstein. The Women’s team: Lynn Deas & Disa Eythorsdottir, Irina Levitina & Kerry Sanborn, Janice Seamon-Molson & Tobi Sokolow. (Source: USBF)

France – The final stages of the French interclub championship took place on 15 and 16 September. The two teams presented by Monaco monopolized the podium. First place went to the team of Monaco-Zimmermann, composed of of Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Alain Levy, Frederic Volcker, Claudio Nunes and Fulvio Fantoni. In second place  the team of Monaco-Allavena: Nathalie Frey, Elisabeth Hugon, Jean-Charles Allavena, Jean-Jacques Palau, Tor Helness, Geir Helgemo. The third place went to the team of Garches: Gérard Izisel, Dominique Pilon, Marc Bompis, Jean-Christophe Quantin, Cédric Lorenzini, Jérôme Rombaut.

Montecatini Terme (Pistoia, Italy) – Marino Spezia Bridge Team won over 60 Italian Cup 2012:  Leonardo Marino, Gian Piero Battistoni, Eugenio Bertolucci, Giampiero Bettinetti, Giampaolo Jelmoni,  Alberto Leonardi, Pier Andrea Marinoni. The pair Bettinetti-Marino took part in the 14th World Bridge Games in Lille.  Marino team defeated in the final Montanari Team from Venice: 98-85. Third place went to Fornaciari team from Bologna. The final stage of  over 60 Italian Cup was held in Montecatini Terme from 7 to 9 of September.

Amsterdam (Netherlands) –  Sjoert Brink and Bas Drijver won the the 13th Top 12 Tournament “Witte Huis” in Amsterdam (Netherlands). This is a pairs tournament open to the best Dutch pairs only. Second place went to Louk Verhees e Ricco di Prooijen, the third one to Bauke Muller and Simon de Wijs. Fourth place for Berend van den Bos and Joris van Lankveld: They won the gold medal in Juniors section at the 14th World Youth Bridge Team Championships (Taicang 2012).

Lille (France)-  Pierre Zimmermann in a long interview with Jean-Paul Meyer said: “Fantoni and Nunes  were heavily criticized by some Italian players and Mrs Lavazza, who thought their ranking of first and second in the world was pure luck. They wanted to prove the contrary, and knew they had no international future in Italy. ”  Then Zimmermann added: “Monaco’s team is the weapon of revenge for the two Italian”. The full  interview was posted on the bulletin no. 6 of the 2012 World Bridge Games in Lille.

Ohama (Usa) – The 2012 Buffett Cup (read here>>) will take place from September 10th to 13th  in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the man whose name adorns the cup itself, Warren Buffett. The Euro team: Fulvio Fantoni- Claudio Nunes, Sally Brock- Nicola Smith, Michel Bessis-Thomas Bessis, Ricco van Prooijen-Luke Verhees, Kalin Karaivanov-Rumen Trendafilov, Paul Hackett-Tom Hanlon and Paul Porteous (not playing captain). The USA team: Bob Hamman-Justin Lall, Joe Grue-Curtis Cheek, Alan Sontag-David Berkowitz, Jill Levin-Jenni Wolpert, Joel Wooldridge-John Hurd, Fred Gitelman-Brad Moss and Donna Compton (not playing captain).

England – The six women World Mind Sports gold medallists plus captain and coach have been selected to represent England at next year’s World Team Championships in Bali. They are: Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Sally Brock, Nicola Smith, Susan Stockdale and Fiona Brown with captain Jeremy Dhondy and coach David Burn. The Open team will be selected at the Selection Committee meeting in November.


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