After the fourth session yesterday morning
France appeared to be in disarray, having seen almost
all their overnight lead vanish in the face of a tremendous
German rally. However, they redoubled their efforts
and in the next stanza they appeared to put the match beyond
Germany's reach. However, in a final set of boards that might
have been scripted by Steven Spielberg a series of brilliant
plays saw Germany gradually reduce the deficit. On
the penultimate deal Daniela von Arnim, who had already made
one outstanding play to keep the match alive, brought the
audience to its feet with a second brilliancy to take the
trophy back to Germany for a second time.
It was a tribute to the stamina of the
teams that they both played four-handed throughout the final.
Despite their disappointment, the French
supporters watching VuGraph and their players afterwards applauded
and congratulated their opponents in what must be the greatest
match in the history of this event. It was certainly the most
USA II Chip Away
Amid the excitement it almost went unoticed
that USA II has drawn level with Norway. A second
nail biting finish is in prospect.
In the final of the Transnational Teams
Brachman's USA/Brazil combination lead the Cinderella
team of the event, France's Bureau 33-24 IMPs.
The bronze medal has gone to the Grinberg
team from Israel.
Following are the Special Categories winners
in Transnational Teams:
Mixed Team - Lara (Portugal/Germany/USA) (237
VP) - Maria Lara, M. Capucho, M. Yuen, Irina Levitina
Senior Team - Freed (USA) (233 VP) - Gene Freed, Grant
Baze, Joseph Kivel, Chris Larsen
Women's Team - Huei (China)(225 VP) - Y. Huei, Yanhong
Wang, Wenfei Wang, Yu Zhang, Jian Wang, Zhen Zhi