The first edition of the “Desafio Madrid – Cataluña “ was held at Eurobridge Club in Madrid (Spain) from 17 to 19 May, 2013. The “Desafio” is a challenge match between the BCM (Bridge Comunidad de Madrid) and the ACB (Associatión Catalan de Bridge). The aim is to promote bridge using the traditional sports rivalry between Madrid and Barcelona.
Format. Both sides have 3 teams: Open, Women, Seniors. Each team plays against the opposing team in their own category a match of 6 rounds of 16 boards. All categories play the same hands. The result is determined by the sum of the points set by the various categories.
The “Desafio” ia an annual event: It will be hosted in Madrid in odd years and in the even ones in Barcelona.
Catalona is the winner of the 2013 challenge : They defeated Madrid for 543 to 527. Among the Catalan players there is the Italian star Norberto Bocchi, who has been living in Barcelona for many years.
Full teams roster:
CATALOGNA – Open:Juan Carlos Ventín (pc), Norberto Bocchi, Carlos Fernández, José Crehueras, Ignacio Jover, Jordi Ballesté Doldi. Women: Nuria Almirall (pc), Marta Almirall, Ana Vilella, Cuca Viola. Seniors: Francisco Marimón (pc), Xavier Masana, Juan Esteruelas , Aurelio Gracia, José Monguió y Kiko Viola.
MADRID –Open: Luis Lantarón (pc), Federico Goded, Arturo Wasik, José ignacio Torres (harold), Antonio Francés, Enrique Basabe. Signore: Ana Francés (pc), Marina Castells, Laura Castells, Eugenia Hernández, Marga Fernández, Carmen Cafranga. Seniors: Juan Jiménez Huertas (pc), Jesús Isla, Enrique García de Oteyza, Pilar Gonzalez-Hontoria, Pilar Bustillo, Iñaki García de Oteyza.
Info & Results at official site: : http://madridbridge.com/desafio-madrid-barcelona/
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