December 14 - Monaco enjoyed a rare opportunity to shine in the international spotlight when its bridge team won the men's team event at the SportAccord World Mind Games here today.
Represented by Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes, Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness, Franck Multon and Pierre Zimmermann they beat Poland in the final.
The victory, though, was tinged with controversy because team is a band of "all stars" led by Zimmerman, a Swiss real estate tycoon, who last year were all granted Monegasque citizenship so they could represent the Principality in major events such as this.
Helgemo and Helness, meanwhile, are Norwegian and Multon is originally French.
China had to settle for bronze but in the women's its team of Wang Wenfei, Feng Xuefeng, Zhang Yu, Wang Liping, Yan Ru and Liu Yan beat England, claiming victory on the last board.
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