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WBF Daily Bulletin
Sixty-six teams – 22 each in the three main events – continue their battle for a place in the top eight when the qualifying round robin ends on Monday. So far, they have played less than one-third of the matches needed to qualify in the Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup and D’Orsi Seniors Trophy. Some of the teams projected to do well – notably USA1 and USA2 in the Bermuda Bowl – have some work to do. USA1 ended played on Wednesday in 15th place, fi ve spots ahead of their countrymen. Th e leaders, by group, are Netherlands (BB), Poland (VC) and Belgium (Seniors). Of the 24 teams in qualifying position after six rounds, 14 are from Europe.
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If one or more French teams can capture world championships four years from now, it will be on home soil. On Wednesday, the World Bridge Federation announced that Lyon, France, has been selected to host the World Bridge
Teams Championships in 2017. Lyon is France’s second-largest city, known as the gastronomical center of the country.
The announcement followed a presentation by two representatives from Lyon, and two from the French Bridge Federation. Putting together a video and slide presentation were Eric Remy, general manager of the French Bridge Federation; Sabastien Bret, development manager of the city’s Convention Bureau, and Jean-Philippe Daublain, president of the District of Lyon. They were introduced by Jean-Claude Beneix, part of the WBF’s Championship Committee.
The video showed Lyon at its best, with lots of activities, plentiful hotel rooms and restaurants, plus easy access from a variety of locations around the world. Sebastien said there may be direct fl ights to Lyon from more locations by 2017. There is already a new direct fl ight from Dubai.Visitors who fl y into Paris will have train service available, with 86 departures a day. Th e train trip from Paris to Lyon is less than two hours. The new direct connection from Dubai makes access from Asia easier, and visitors from North and South America can arrive by plane via Paris-Roissy or Geneva for the relatively short train trip.
Th e tournament will include the usual championships – Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup, D’Orsi Seniors Trophy and World Transnational Open Teams – and the Lyon organizing team proposes that the schedule include side games for non-top players, Junior/Girls/Youngsters competitions and schools players (9 to 16 years old). Lyon is well known for its famous restaurants, from “bouchons” to world-renowned Paul Bocuse’s establishment. Th e city also off ers the latest fi lms, two casinos, museums featuring contemporary art, the Institute des frères Lumière and many others. There is also the remarkable Quartier Renaissance. Lyon is not far from vineyards such as Beaujolais , Cotes du Rhone, Bourgogne and the historical city of Avignon, just an hour away by train. For more information, visit the Tourism Offi ce www.lyon-france.com or the Convention Center www.ccc-lyon.com.