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From the World Bridge Federation:
The 8th World Youth Bridge Team Championship
will be held in Mangaratiba, a picturesque town near Angra dos
Reis which lies in the heart of one of Brazil's most attractive
destinations, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, from 6 to 15 August
All Zones of the World Bridge Federation are
invited to participate in this prestigious tournament. Zone 1
(Europe) may enter up to four teams; Zones 2 (North America) and
6 (Pacific Asia) three teams; Zones 3 (South America), 4 (Asia
& Middle East) and 7 (South Pacific) two teams; and Zones 5 (Central
America) and 8 (Africa) one team. Conditionally, a fifth team
will be accepted from Zone 1 (Europe). Participating players may
be up to 26 years old.
The Championship consists of a qualifying stage,
semifinals,a final and a playoff for third place. The winners
of the final will be the new World Junior Champions: they will
receive the Ortiz-Pati“o Trophy and silver replicas for each player
and the non-playing captain. Those failing to qualify will be
able to participate in a Swiss Pairs contest to be arranged exclusively
for young people. Ü
This is the eighth event of the series that was
inaugurated in 1987 in Amsterdam,The Netherlands. As a biennial
competition, it was held in 1989 in Nottingham, Great Britain;
in 1991 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; in 1993 in ºrhus, Denmark;
in 1995 in Bali, Indonesia; in 1997 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada;
and in 1999 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.The host country
won the Championship on the first three occasions, but this tradition
was broken in 1993 by Germany. In 1995, Great Britain became the
first country to win the title twice. Denmark won the title in
The reigning World Youth Champions are ITALY:
Furio di BELLO, Matteo MALLARDI, Riccardo INTONTI,
Gianpaolo RINALDI (npc), Stelio di BELLO, Bernardo BIONDO, Mario
2001 8th World Youth Bridge
Mangaratiba, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
August 6-15, 2001
Links to online Daily Bulletin articles - Mark Horton editor.
Canada VS Norway Here
Canada VS Thailand Here
Canada VS The Netherlands Here
NEWS from the tournament site
DAY 7 - Canada finished in a disappointing
7th place after a last match near-blitz by China. However, we
had some very good days, and some very exciting play - good work
to all our juniors - you have every right to be proud or your
performance. And now, time to write those stories for your CBF
Web page and magazine!
DAY 6 - We came close to a Maxim against
the Netherlands in todays first match, but then suffered a complete
blitz by USA 1. We finished with a disappointing loss to Egypt.
Two more matches, Norway and China, we currently stand in 5th
DAY 5 - Not so easy a day for Canada today
with 2 close losses and then a notsoclose loss to Israel - It's
USA 1 in top spot, then Israel, then Canada and Thailand tied,
then the Netherlands and Denmark. Two more days, five more matches.
DAY 4 - They did it! Only one match today
but a big one against the surprise team of the Championships,
Thailand. Canada needed any kind of win to hold their momentum
and so they complied 59-50.
Two somewhat easy matches coming up and then
the going gets very tough: Israel, the Netherlands and USA I.
If we emerge from those three matches with our head above water,
we are good enough to medal ... at least. Well done Canada!
DAY 3 - Hooray Canada. A big win against
CAC, just what we needed. Canada now sits in 1st place, tied with
China. Canada/China, then Thailand, Norway, Netherlands, Israel,
USA 1, and Denmark.
Daily Bulletin Editor Mark Horton predicts it
will be USA1, Israel, Netherlands and Denmark in the finals -
will Canada prove him wrong? Doesn't matter - today is a GOOD
Day 4 features only one match but what a biggie!
Thailand. This meeting should set the tide: will it turn or will
it keep rushing forward? Only one match, then I suppose they are
all going to go out and swim or lie on a sandy beach or something.
Earlier - Canada is doing what they have to do
against the lesser teams in the early rounds - beat them. They
remain undefeated after a good win against Chinese Taipei and
a respectful win against Argentina. We now sit in 2nd spot. One
more match today, against CAC, should also be a win.
DAY 2 -Canada finishes the day in a winning
position - a blitz against New Zealand, then the winning side
of a tie vs France and a small win over USAII. We finish the day
in 5th spot- Israel, China, Thailand and USA I ahead and the Netherlands
Canada's 3rd match was a resounding maxim against
New Zealand - an encouraging start to the day! In fact, Canada
may very well be advantaged by meeting most of the lesser teams
in the early matches. Our matches 12, 13, 14 will be the true
test as Israel, the Netherlands and USA I are favourites in this
Here is a neat link: a quick jump to
Canada's complete results table on the wbf site.
DAY 1 - AirCanada has been letting the
Canadian Juniors down big time we are told. The team, except for
Ian Boyd who was a groomsman at a wedding in BC on the weekend,
were to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday morning at 9:00am.
AirCanada flight from Toronto to Miami was very late and their
Rio flight had already left. After much discussion with the airlines
they did get on a flight to San Paulo and managed to get to the
hotel Saturday afternoon. Ian who was flying from Vancouver also
got let down by AirCanada. His flight too got into Miami very
late and his Rio flight had departed. The airlines insisted that
he had to wait in Miami for 24 hours and take the flight to Rio
on Monday night - thus Ian will not arrive until Tuesday morning
so will miss the first couple of matches.
The Canadian team has played three practise matches
as warm up prior to the event starting. Opening Ceremonies were
to be at 3pm today (11am PST).
Pakistan has had to withdraw from World Juniors.
Canada was to play Pakistan first match so they have a bye and thus
only play one match today. Three matches are scheduled for Tuesday.
Meet Canada's Junior Team
by Erin Anderson
Well it's getting to be that time of year again.
In August the Canadian Junior team will be off to Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil to play in the 2001 World Junior Team Championship. The
Canadian Junior team was chosen by means of a team trial. The
team of Erin Anderson, Ian Boyd, Josh Heller and Vincent Demuy
won the trials. Since then Gavin Wolpert and David Grainger have
been augmented to the team and Les Amoils has been named captain.
Let me introduce you to the team members:
Erin - I am 18 years old and live in Regina,
SK. I just graduated from High School at the end of June. This
fall I will be attending the University of Regina taking Secondary
Education with a math major. I am Canada's youngest female Life
Master, a member of the Junior Corps and the 2001 Queen of Bridge.
I was a member of the Canada 2 Junior Team that competed at the
1999 World Junior Team Championship.
Ian - Ian is the oldest member of the
team at 23 years old. He lives in Calgary, AB but during the winter
months works outside of Calgary at the Nakiska Ski Resort. He
was employee of the year. Ian is a fun loving guy and a pleasure
to have as a partner. Ian was also on the Canada 2 Junior Team
that competed at the 1999 World Junior Team Championship.
Josh - Josh will be turning 21 years
old while we are aboard our flight to Brazil. He is from Toronto
but lives in Kingston while attending University. Josh is a very
intelligent young man and is taking Commerce. He is a member of
the Junior Corps, was the 1999 King of Bridge and was asked to
play in the 2000 Generali tournament in Athens, Greece. He has
represented Canada several other times - at the Hero Youth Festival
in 1998 and 2000 and was also a member of the 1999 Canada 2 Junior
Team and competed at the 1999 World Junior Team Championship.
Vincent - From oldest member to youngest
member. Vincent is the youngest member of the team at 18 years
of age. He is a high school student and lives in Montreal, PQ.
I very much enjoy having Vincent on the team. He is very interesting
and we get to talk in French. Vincent has represented Canada before
in the 2000 International Youth Bridge Festival.
David - David is 21 years old and lives
in Toronto. He attends the University of Toronto as a full time
student. David is very organized and is our playing captain. He
has a lot of international experience. David was a member of the
Canadian Junior team that won the 1999 Hero International Youth
Festival and was a member of the Canada 1 Junior Team that competed
in the 1999 World Junior Team Championship.
Gavin - Gavin is almost 19 years old and
lives in Toronto. He is a student at the University of Toronto
and works part-time at Doubles Bridge Club. Gavin was the winner
of two bridge scholarships - the Homer Shoop pre-teen scholarship
and the 2000 King of Bridge. He has also represented Canada two
Hero International Youth Festivals (1998 & 2000). Gavin was also
a member of the Canada 2 Junior team that competed at the 1999
World Junior Team Championships.
Les - Les Amoils, our NPC, lives in Toronto
but has International experience competing for South Africa. He
was the co-captain of the 1999 Canada 1 Junior team that won the
1999 Hero International Youth Festival and competed in the 1999
World Junior Team Championships.
During the past year the team has been practising
and training. The highlight of our training was being able to
have a training weekend with the world renowned coach Eric Kokish.
It was a jam-packed weekend which kicked off on Friday, May 25.
The team bid some hands and then altogether we discussed them.
We also played and talked over two sets of boards and had a very
intense defensive set. The whole team would like to give a big
thankyou to Eric Kokish for all his hard work and support over
the years. His input is a huge help to the teams and is greatly
appreciated by all.
Thank you also to Doubles Bridge Club for allowing
us to use their facility free of charge. The team still has a
lot going on. The team will be training at the Toronto Nationals
and fine tunning our systems. Then it will be August and off to
Brazil. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our
supporters - District 18, Unit 166, Unit 151, Unit 390, Unit 573,
Unit 392, and our sponsor BMO Nesbitt Burns.
We would also like to thank the CBF and all Canadian
Bridge Clubs and players that have supported the Canadian Junior
Development Fund. Personally, I would also like to thank the Regina
DBC for all their support over the years.
The team is really looking forward to this summer
and we hope to make you all proud in Brazil.