On Wednesday 20th of June 2012, Maria Teresa Lavazza, not-playing captain of the Open Italian national team, has been interviewed live on BTCC (Bridgetopics.com Channel) from Dublin, where the European Bridge Championships are currently being held. BTCC is the new web TV produced by Neapolitan Club and BridgeTopics.com. Here we offer a summary of the interview run by Jan van Cleeff and Laura Cecilia Porro.
As usual, we start with a few dilemmas. We give you 2 words and you have to choose one of them. Turin or Montecarlo?
Certainly Turin, because it is my city. I often go to France but not to Montecarlo. I prefer Turin anyway. Maybe Montecarlo is not bad to live in, but my city is Turin.
Olympics or Bermuda Bowl?
Olympics have always been good for us, since we won them three times, but I prefer Bermuda Bowl which we won once only. I think the latter is the most important and significant competition, where one truly proves to be the best.
Do you prefer playing or coaching?
For many years I have been non-playing captain and selector of the Open Italian national team and this made me proud. I enjoyed a lot watching, taking part, building up new partnerships and this has been extremely rewarding.
Italian and world bridge have been a little upset when you resigned a couple of weeks ago. Would you like to explain the reasons behind your decision?
I have already written a letter, published on the Italian Bridge Federation website, in which I explain the reasons why I resigned. One of the reasons is Italian Federation’s forthcoming policy. Next July a new president will be elected and both candidates stated in their programmes that trials will be run, and there will be no place for a selector. I have always been against trials, because I think that in Italy trials cannot select the best team. This is the reason why I am against trials and I will always be. A second reason is that we achieved a lot so far, and it is better to resign while at the top. Obviously I think that the Italian team will still have many successes in the future. Lastly, I would like to follow my team: I have a great team and we are good friends, so I would like to enjoy myself and travel around the world playing.
So, you will still play and follow your team…
Of course. I will follow my team and maybe I will try to build up another young partnership. But I do not have any sure plans for the future: I will decide together with my players. I do not know what I will do, but one thing is certain: the Lavazza team will still exsist. I will keep dealing with bridge because I enjoy it very much.
June 22, 2012