CNTC Championship titles are owned by this team of Canadian superstars.
In 2000, Fergani won with a similar team (Kamel Fergani, Nicolas
L'Ecuyer, Douglas Fraser, Jurek Czyzowicz) but instead of Mike Hargreaves-Boris
Baran there was Darren Wolpert - Jeffrey Blond. The addition of
Hargreaves and Baran added two experienced individuals with 8 CNTC
titles between them. Jurek's usual partner is Wolpert, so he will
be paired with Baran, while Hargreaves plays with Fraser. A team
of young and old talent, FERGANI has a more than 50% chance of bringing
home yet another championship.
4-man squad from BC shares 9 previous CNTC wins between them. Most
notably those of Allan Graves who has won the CNTC 5 times including
the first ever CNTC Championship in 1980 (on a team with George
Mittelman, Eric Kokish, Peter Nagy, Eric Murray, and Sami Kehela).
McOrmond-Jacob are long-time partners with an elaborate system most
of which must be genetically encoded by now. While they have never
won a CNTC together (this would be Jacob's first) they won the NAOP
FLT A a few years back and have had many other successes.
Interesting to note it looks like Hargreaves has jumped ship - both
his previous wins (1987, 1988) were playing with this team - and
partnering Gord McOrmond. I won't raise any spectres here by trying
to guess the reason. In any case, it should make for a very high-energy
matchup this year.
wonderful that we have the opportunity to see these great players
match wits. And we can watch it all on the LIVE vu-graph. Click
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The winners of the 2002 CNTC and the winners of the 2003 CNTC will
play off to decide Canada's representative to the 2003 Bermuda Bowl.
The team that loses this playoff will receive a $6,000 cash prize.
The winner of the 2004 CNTC will be the team that will be eligible
to be named as Canada's representative to the 2004 World Team Olympiad.
Previously, problems arose from selecting our international representatives
nearly a year in advance of the International Competition to which
they are eligible to attend. This change has been made in order
to address these concerns. After 2003, when a team wins the CNTC
they will be attending the World event shortly thereafter.