BridgeTopics.com inaugurated its series of online polls with the case of Monaco. Gut reaction of the FMB (Federation Monaco Bridge): President Jean-Charles Allavena sent to BridgeTopics.com a statement which we publish below.
I understand what you mean when you write “Monaco, a country with no bridge history”: you refer to the results of the national team until now, which are clearly modest. But may it be different when you’ve 160 members, when your best players are amateurs and when they fight against professionnals?
My vision is that the last results (Pau 2008, Small Fed Games in Monaco 2007 and Vinius 2009, San Remo 2009) were rather positive, and certainly better than these of comparable countries…
But if I globally agree on the initial assumption, I think that you also must consider what Monaco has done for bridge, organizing since 1976 many Olympiads, European Championships, and last but not least, a Bermuda Bowl in 2003 (our rank? 13 from 24, not too bad don’t you think??!!). I know many “big” countries, which have not done all what we’ve done…
And concerning your poll, it’s very interesting to see how people react, I’ll send more comments later.
Jean-Charles Allavena, FMB President, EBL EC Member