The Open European in San Remo (NW Italy) starts next Saturday (12th June). Anyone can play as long as they are in good standing with their National Bridge Organisation and there are plenty of events: Mixed, Open and Women's pairs and teams running for two weeks in one of the best resorts on the Piedmont coast. There are already over 40 English Pairs entered, so if you still fancy going, you'll have plenty of company.
The bridge is played with screens, but in my experience the rules are enforced more pragmatically than they are in the major championships, probably because so many are experiencing bridge at this level for the first time. This is the last Open of the decade of course and it's been a productive 10 years for the English (about time perhaps) with a number of medals earned, including Golds for the Dhondys and the Erichsens. Plus I calculate 6 silvers and 7 bronzes as well.
So why not visit the web site and make a late booking - you may have the best holiday of your life!
The results will be on the web site and we will highlight English successes. Hopefully I will also be able to publish reports "from our own correspondents" as well.