The qualifying stages of the 7th European Bridge
Mixed Team Championship saw teams containing players from
eight different countries qualify for the semi-finals. Going in
to the last round those teams were already in the first four positions,
and they played out 16/14 score lines that proved good enough to
keep them there, as none of the chasing teams managed a big enough
win. Pride of place at the top of the table went to Popova
(Bulgaria/Turkey/Israel)who chose to play Stoppa
(France), leaving Lavazza (Italy/Austria) to
meet Mali (Noway/Poland).
Both matches proved to be exciting, Lavazza
taking a big lead at half time but then having to hang on as most
of it disappeared. Popova trailed by 14 IMPs at the half,
but was ahead by 6 IMPs going into the last board. They found a
good save at one table, but bid a slam that was defeated by a ruff
to see Stoppa home by 6 IMPs.