The Russian team of MNEPO (Evgeny Rudakov, Elena Rudakova, Sergey Orlov, Tatiana Dikhnova) held on to their lead to win the 22nd Madeira International Bridge Open Teams, with a score of 169.33. Needing only 10.33 VPs from their last match to secure victory, they won 12.77-7.23 against We Don’t Know Yet.
That was enough to hand 2nd place to Perula (António Campos Palma, Simon Ekenberg, Per-Ola Cullin, Simon Hult), who had to score at least 11.65, but made certain with a 19.11-0.89 win against the team that had started the match in 4th place.
The final Top 10 was:
1. MNEPO (Evgeny Rudakov, Elena Rudakova, Sergey Orlov, Tatiana Dikhnova [all RUS]) – 169.33 VPs
2. Perula (Per-Ola Cullin [SWE], António Palma [POR], Simon Ekenberg [SWE], Simon Hult [SWE]) – 160.94 VPs
3. We Don’t Know Yet (Paulo Sarmento [POR], João Barbosa [POR], Kees Scherders [NED], Eva Bouwman [NED]) – 112.46 VPs
4. Engrom (Viorel Micescu [ROM], Mihnea Nedelcu [ROM], Ron Tacchi [ENG/FRA], Mark Horton [ENG], Alan Bailey [ENG], Jette Bailey [ENG]) – 150.13 VPs
5. Team Sigma (Doris Fischer [AUT], Bernd Saurer [AUT], Kjeld Hansen [DEN], Bjarke Friis [DEN]) – 149.08 VPs
6. Nuno Matos (Carlos Luiz [MAD], Nuno Paz [POR], Miguel Teixeira [MAD], Diego Brenner [BRA]) – 148.68 VPs
7. Speelman (Dennis Kruis, Betty Speelman, Tim Heeres, Marcel Swidde [all NED]) – 143.66 VPs
8. Winter (Hanneke Kreijns, Justin Van Der Kam, Hans Van Ommeren, Jan De Winter [all NED]) – 143.04 VPs
9. Baleal (Jorge Cruzeiro [POR], Paulo Pereira [POR], Diane Kurbalija [WAL], Filip Kurbalija [WAL]) – 142.03 VPs
10. Cidade Invicta (Miguel Gonçalves, Paulo Pessanha, Carlos Gonçalves, Eduardo Pinto [all POR]) – 141.41 VPs
We look forward to seeing you all again next year, for the 23rd Madeira International Bridge Open. Boas viagens.