Giovanni, I want to involve a young champion like you on what we have christened the ‘affaire fantunes’ . Can you tell me your view about the exclusion of Fantoni and Nunes from National Team will play the next Europeans in Ostend? As many people, I’ m disappointed that Claudio and Fulvio will not play at European Championships. They have always been crucial for Italian Team and sometimes the couple in better shape.
I do not know exactly the reasons for their exclusion. Perhaps it is not senseless to test a fourth pair to alternate in a future perspective. I refer to the pair composed by Bocchi, decorated champion like the teammates, and the young champion Madala: for him this is a very important test of his career. However, I hope that in World Championships the perfectly tested Fantunes will return to play: the type of competition (the ko have often created problems to ours) and the presence of Americans make the World Cup much more difficult and arduous to conquer.
What do you think about Italian Team that will play at Ostend?
It’s good team. As I mentioned before, the type of competition is very suitable for the keeping and technical excellence of our players.
Can you provide more details about Sementa – Duboin?
It ‘s a relatively “young” pair, composed of two extraordinary players. I remember initially found several difficulties due to a quite different style of play, there was also skepticism about this pair, but they have recently shown to have developed the needed armony to achieve highest levels that they two deserve.
Which of the teams that play at Ostend are the strongest and most fearsome?
Poland, with the return of the couple Balicky-Zmudzinski back to being a respectable opponent. Norway always even with the absence of its most valuable piece Helgemo, and Holland.
Now, let me ask you something about Giovanni Albamonte. What are your future commitments?
In the last two years I have dedicated almost exclusively to mixed with my great partner and great love Federica. Even the successes have to come, yet we are content to reach almost all the finals we could, the last two championship open pairs, mixed pairs, and especially mixed European Championship of Sanremo …. and we continue to insist …
You’re a young player, can you tell me a player that inspired you or you appreciate most, and why?
I must say that here in Italy we are fortunate to have great players . Italian declarative technique is unrivaled in the world. I had the pleasure of playing with Alfredo Versace when I was a juniores: he was already a great champion, great technique combined with an unrivaled presence to the table.
And finally, our site is dedicated to the Neapolitan Club: What do you think of this? Sbarigia told us when Chiaradia’s system was introduced revolutionized the bridge but now is a bit dated: do you agree?
It ‘s a system that I know just reading it, I miss the experience of the table. I know it had a big hit in its infancy but I think is right to call it now “dated”. Natural-based systems today are most effective for me.
Thank you for availability, will you help us to comment on the European Championships?
Gladly, the best bridge of Europe will play and I believe for every fan will be a pleasure to follow.
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