LAVAZZA Team wins Italian Trials for 2012 World Mind Sports Games. Maria Teresa Lavazza’s team (with Bocchi, Duboin, Ferraro, Madala, Sementa) has defeated Romain Zaleski’s team (with D’Avossa, Giubilo, Intonti, Lauria, Versace) by la large margin: 213 – 110 (+103 Imps). Zaleski’s team withdrew at the end of the round 8/10. In Womens’s category Br. Laveno Mombello Bernasconi (with Golin, Olivieri, Paoluzi, Rosetta, Saccavini, Vanuzzi) has defeated Genova Bridge Martellini (with Martellini S., Campagnano, Causa, Fusari, Martellini C., Piscitelli): 347 – 252,75 (+94,25 Imps).
Thus the Bernasconi’s girls and Lavazza’s boys will represent Italy at next World Bridge Games.
Disappointment and great discontent among Italian fans because the final matches have not been broadcast on BBO vugraph.
Curiosity. Lorenzo Lauria was enrolled in the Zaleski team but he has never played in the final matches.
The World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) are organized by The International Mind Sports Association (IMSA). The WBF incorporated the World Team Olympiad in the WMSG: All bridge competitions played within or in conjunction with WMSG are called World Bridge Games. They comprise the following series for national representatives: Open teams, Women teams, Senior teams, Junior teams, Junior pairs and Junior individual.
The WMSG were held for the first time in 2008 in Beijing (China). At the inaugural edition Italy won Gold Medal in Open category with Giorgio Duboin, Fulvio Fantoni, Lorenzo Lauria, Claudio Nunes, Antonio Sementa, Alfredo Versace, Massimo Ortensi (coach) and Maria Teresa Lavazza (not playing captain). In Women’s category Gold Medal went to England and in Seniors event to Japan.
The International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) announced that the 2012 World Mind Sports Games will take place in Cardiff, Wales from Aug. 7-20 or in Strasbourg, France from August 9-23. IMSA will choose between the two venues in the next 3 weeks.
January 29, 2012