A collage of the prize giving

Wake up to a sunny new day. An interview for the Bulletin over an early breakfast and bridge starting at 10:00. By the end of the day we will know who the World Champions are.

No real use in giving you the progress stores at the end of Day 2 because as I write this I know all of the results so here they are.

Junior World Champion Pairs 2015

 

 

1   RIMSTEDT Mikael & RIMSTEDT Ola

SWE - SWE

57.45

2   DELLE CAVE Giuseppe & GARCIA DA ROSA Rodrigo

ITA - ARG

55.83

3   GANNON Sean & ARBIT Julie

USA - USA 

54.07

4   HARRISON Shane & HENBEST Maxim

AUS - AUS

53.98

Girls World Champion 2015

 

 

1   ZORANOVIC Jovana & PEPIC Selena

SER - SER

57.08

2   SALVATO Michela  & SCRIATTOLI Giulia

ITA - ITA

56.46

3   RAFFA Enrica  & BROCCOLINO Susanna

ITA - ITA

56.22

4   MOLINA Diana  & GERSTMANN Sofia

CHI - CHI 

55.17

Youngsters World Champion 2015

 

 

1   WEI Hongji & SUN Shiyu

CHN - CHN

61.22

2   YIN Yichen & FANG Zhengyang

CHN - CHN

57.29

3   SCATA Sebastiano & MANGANELLA Andrea

ITA - ITA

56.41

4   FANG Dongke & WANG Zihan

CHN - CHN

55.96

Kids World Champion 2015

 

 

1   BUNE Soren & LAHRMANN Christian

DEN - DEN 

59.67

2   KOPKA Kacper & TRYBUS Oskar

POL - POL

59.34

3   WU Zhe & YUAN Zhijie

CHN - CHN

57.18

4   WANG Penghao & MAO Ruicheng

CHN - CHN

56.63

So the medals are well spread internationally. While I don’t know the exact number there is a very large Chinese contingent attending these championships. I would guess that Opatija has not seen this many Chinese too often.

During the lunch break all participants went to a nearby arena and had a group photo taken. In addition the organisers arranged for a drone to fly overhead to take more aerial photos – watch the website for these, they should be fun.

At 19:00 there was a prize-giving for all the medallists followed by an alcohol-free cocktail party – hardly surprising given the no alcohol policy at the playing venue and the fact that there are 100+ under drinking age kids. (Editor's note: you can see more of the podium pictures on our Facebook page)

I am feeling a little tired as a result of some late nights but more so from the concentration required in sitting at the table recording the bidding and play and then writing bridge hopefully meaningful articles.

The teams start tomorrow and you can watch all the action on Bridgebase Online (BBO). If you don’t have an account then sign up for free and pull up a virtual seat at the table and watch all the action live.

TheBridge for Peace TeamThe WBF is very proactive in making things happen at its events and especially in the Youth. In this regard they have put together a team with two Israeli Players (Yuval ben David, Itamar Ginossar, Sena Nur Tozoglu and Merih Dikbas. From a personal perspective I also love seeing bridge transcend politics. They have named their team "Bridge for Peace" and they are pictured here.

Spent the evening walking around town and having a solitude relax time at a nearby restaurant enjoying an EXCELLENT jazz trio signing Sinatra and other pop covers.

Well off to bed to cure my tiredness. Play doesn’t start till 15:00 tomorrow some more me time in the morning.

Keep well chat soon