The 23th European Youth Team Championship is organized by the EBL (European Bridge League) in cooperation with the Bulgarian Bridge Federation. It is open to national teams of the EBL member countries. This year the event is held from 13 to 23 July 2011 in the Albena Resort, near Varna, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast: The tournaments will be played in the Sports Hall, situated in the centre of the resort.
The European Youth Team Championship was inaugurated in 1968 in Prague (Juniors only), and since then has been held regularly every two years. The Youngsters (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 in 2004.
Following Plovdiv 1988, this is the second time the European Youth Teams are held in Bulgaria.
The last edition was organized in July 2009 in Brasov, Romania. The reigning champions are France in the Junior series and Poland in both Youngsters (Schools) and Girls series.
The Championships comprise the following competitions:
- 23rd European Junior Team Championship
- 10th European Youngsters Team Championship
- 5th European Girls Team Championship
All events are open to the member countries of the EBL. Each country may be represented by one national team in each series, consisting of 4-6 players, a non-playing captain and, possibly, other officials.
These are the three Italian teams:
Juniors (under 26): Francesco De Leo, Giuseppe Delle Cave, Massimiliano Di Franco, Riccardo Locatelli, Agustin Madala, Riccardo Rubino.
Youngsters (under 21): Alesssandro Calmanovici, Giovanni Donati, Alessandro Pruna, Alberto Racca, Roberto Sau, Gabriele Zanasi.
Girls: Giorgia Botta, Caterina Burgio, Margherita Chavarria, Margherita Costa, Flavia Lanzuisi, Stefania Morina.
The young top-player Italian-Argentine Agustin Madala -2010 European Champion in Ostend with the Italian Open Team- will be paired with Giuseppe Delle Cave in under 26 team.