The England Open team will have a game first thing on Wednesday after all! Monaco, England's scheduled opponents, have been given last-minute clearance to take part.
Pierre Zimmermann’s and the Fédération Monégasque de
Bridge have prevailed upon the European Bridge League to allow the
team of Fulvio Fantoni / Claudio Nunes, Tor Helness / Geir Helgemo and
Franck Multon / Pierre Zimmermann as players, with Jean-Charles Allavena
as NPC and Krzysztof Martens as Coach, to enter the European Team
Championships in Dublin. The EBL had previously refused the
Zimmermann team permission to play, citing that residency requirements
of two years had not yet been met. The new EBL position is that
September 2010 to June 2012 constitutes two years’ residency. This
brings the European competition rules into line with the WBF rules.
Earlier, the Monaco team was faced with the rather absurd position of
being able to compete for the Bermuda Bowl in Bali in 2013 if they
qualified, but not being able to compete in the European qualifier.
Was this the right decision? I'm not sure ....