World Transnational Open Teams Championship
The World Transnational Open Teams Championship is a major side event conducted by the World Bridge Federation during the semifinal and final stages of its world championships for national teams at contract bridge—the Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup, and Senior Bowl. New teams may enter the Transnational, as well as national teams eliminated before the semifinals of the main events—Open, Women, and Seniors respectively. It is not required that all team members be from one country, hence the term transnational. A series of Swiss matches qualifies eight teams for three knockout rounds which conclude during the finals of the main events.
The 15-day "World Team Championships" meet occurs in odd years and the first Transnational Open was added to program in 1997. The eighth rendition was held in October 2011 in Veldhoven, Netherlands.
Pierre Zimmermann's professional teams have won the last two renditions and "Zimmermann" will be the favorite again. Beginning 2011, the Italian pair Fantoni–Nunes and Norwegian pair Helgemo–Helness, from the 2007 and 2009 winners respectively, have been hired to join Zimmermann–Multon full-time, under contract expiring 2016. (From 2012 all six members will be citizens of Monaco and the team will be a prohibitive favorite to represent Monaco internationally.)
The World Transnational has always been a major side event conducted alongside the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup. Recently it has been possible to enter the Transnational Teams after elimination from the main events before their semifinals.
|Year, Site, Entries||Medalists|
Leandro Burgay (ITA), Dano De Falco (ITA), Marcin Leśniewski (POL), Carlo Mariani (ITA), Krzysztof Martens (POL)
Krzysztof Jassem, Ireneusz Kowalczyk, Piotr Tuszyński, Marek Witek (Poland)
Grzegorz Gardynik, Michał Kwiecień, Tomasz Przybora, Jacek Pszczoła (Poland)
Cezary Balicki (POL), Rose Meltzer (USA), Alan Sontag (USA), Peter Weichsel (USA), Adam Żmudziński (POL)
Fred Gitelman (CAN), Marc Jacobus (USA), Bobby Levin (USA), Reese Milner (USA), Brad Moss (USA)
|3.|| Mihov V.
Kalin Karaivanov, Vladimir Mihov, Ivan Nanev, Borislav Popov, Jerry Stamatov, Roumen Trendafilov (Bulgaria)
Diego Brenner (BRA), Gabriel Chagas (BRA), Geoff Hampson (USA), Mike Passell (USA), Michael Seamon (USA), Eddie Wold (USA)
Danièle Allouche-Gaviard, Cyril Bureau, Vanessa Reess, Philippe Selz, Patrick Sussel (France)
Yoram Aviram, Michael Barel, Ilan Herbst, Ophir Herbst, Doron Yadlin, Israel Yadlin (Israel)
Andrea Buratti, Leandro Burgay, Mario D'Avossa, Guido Ferraro, Massimo Lanzarotti, Carlo Mariani (Italy)
FU Zhong, SHI Haojun, WANG Weimin, Jack Zhao, ZHUANG Zejun (China)
Simon de Wijs, Jan Jansma, Bauke Muller, Louk Verhees (Netherlands)
Grant Baze (USA), Piotr Gawryś (POL), Marcin Leśniewski (POL), Peter Schneider (USA)
Bart Bramley, Björn Fallenius, Mark Feldman, Chip Martel, Warren Spector, Roy Welland (USA)
Alexander Dubinin, Andrei Gromov, Jouri Khokhlov, Max Khven (Russia)
Michel Bessis (FRA), Thomas Bessis (FRA), Fulvio Fantoni (ITA), Franck Multon (FRA), Claudio Nunes (ITA), Pierre Zimmermann (SUI)
Cezary Balicki (POL), Alexander Dubinin (RUS), Andrei Gromov (RUS), Victoria Gromova (RUS), Tatiana Ponomareva (RUS), Adam Żmudziński (POL)
|3.|| Germany Open
Tomek Gotard (GER), Jacek Leśniczak (POL), Josef Piekarek (GER), Alexander Smirnov (GER)
Cezary Balicki (POL), Geir Helgemo (NOR), Tor Helness (NOR), Franck Multon (FRA), Pierre Zimmermann (FRA), Adam Żmudziński (POL)
|2.|| Apreo Logistic Poland
Krzysztof Buras (POL), Piotr Gawryś (POL), Jacek Kalita (POL), Krzysztof Kotorowicz (POL), Grzegorz Narkiewicz (POL), Jacek Pszczoła (USA)
Michael Gromöller, Andreas Kirmse, Josef Piekarek, Alexander Smirnov (Germany)
|1.|| Israel Juniors
Alon Birman, Lotan Fisher, Gal Gerstner, Moshe Meyuchas, Dror Padon, Ron Schwartz (Israel)
|2.|| OZ Open
Nabil Edgtton, John Paul Gosney, Hugh Grosvenor, Sartaj Hans, Tony Nunn, George Bilski (Australia)
Andrey Gromov, Yury Khiuppenen, Jouri Khokhlov, Vadim Kholomeev, Mikhail Krasnosselski, Georgi Matushko (Russia)
- World Transnational Open Team Championship. World Bridge Federation. Confirmed 2011-07-10.
- (directory, Sao Paulo 2009 Daily Bulletins). WBF. Retrieved 2011-07-10. (The Transnational Open structure and timing is evident in the on-site bulletins for the last six days.)
- 40th World Team Championships (dedicated site). World Bridge Federation. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- "Helgeness and Fantunes Immigrate to Monaco", BridgeTopics.com 2010-12-14. Originally published in Norwegian: Alf Helge Jensen, "Helgeness skal spille for Monaco", Bridge i Norge (ed. Boye Brogeland), 2010-12-13. Confirmed 2011-08-23.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 33rd World Team Championships, 1997.
- 1997 World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 1997. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 34th World Team Championships, 2000.
- Orbis World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 2000. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 35th World Team Championships, 2001.
- World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 2001. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 36th World Team Championships, 2003.
- World Bridge Championships contemporary coverage, 2003. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 37th World Team Championships, 2005.
- World Team Championships contemporary coverage, 2005. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 38th World Team Championships, 2007.
- 38th World Team Championships contemporary coverage, 2007. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 39th World Team Championships, 2009.
- 39th World Team Championships contemporary coverage, 2009. WBF.
- Results & Participants (Transnational Open), 40th World Team Championships, 2011.