Eight teams contested the second tier this year in Tychy and OswiecimPoland from December 27 to January 5. It was played in a simple round robin format, each team playing seven games. This tournament offered a rather improbable result; four of the eight teams finished tied for first. In head-to-head results, Japan and Poland had 4 points each, Norway and France 2 each, so Japan's victory over Poland on the penultimate day gave them the tournament victory, and France's victory over Norway on the same day gave them third place.
Pool C was contested by nine teams from December 28, to January 4, in Marino and RomeItaly. In the first round the nine teams were divided into three groups of three. The second round pitted the three first place teams against each other, likewise for the second place teams. Greece was disqualified for using an ineligible player, so they did not participate in the final round.