While the European top of the bridge world dueled on the cutting edge at the European Championship in Funchal, Portugal, a number of wasps found their way inside. Two players were stabbed and the tournament had to be interrupted for a while.
The Dutch team, consisting of Bauke Muller, Louk Verhees, Berend van de Bos, Simon de Wijs, Ricco van Prooijen, Joris van Lankveld, captain Gert-Jan Ros and coach Ton Bakkeren, managed to keep his concentration and went there for the first time. in history with the European title off in the open category.
“I was surprised”, Ros, the captain of the Dutch team, looks back when wasps flew into the room. “During our entire stay here, I didn’t see a wasp.”
However, several wasps disrupted the final day of the European Championship bridge, when the Netherlands played against Italy. “It was about when a third of the last game had been played,” Ros goes back to when it happened. “In total, two players were stabbed twice. An Italian and a German.”