December 7, 2010
Germany and Switzerland top the men's A Group rankings at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships with six wins and one loss each.
Germany's Andy Kapp followed up an 8-2 win over France's Thomas Dufour in his Tuesday morning game with a 7-6 win over defending champion Niklas Edin of Sweden in the evening. At the same time, Switzerland's Christof Schwaller beat the Czech Republic by 8-3 and then Norway by 9-7.
These two teams are chased by Denmark and Norway on five wins and two losses. Before going down to Switzerland, Norway's Thomas Ulsrud had beaten Sweden by 6-4, while Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne beat Russia by 5-2 in the morning but went down by 2-5 to Scotland's Hammy McMIllan in the evening.
McMillan had his best day yet with two successive wins. He beat the Netherland's Rob Vilain by 6-2 in the morning before coming back for his Danish victory. All of these results mean that Denmark and Scotland are still in the play-off hunt, on four wins.
France beat Russia by 7-5 on Tuesday evening to move them onto two wins, while the Czech Republic's Jiri Snitil finally gained his first win at his seventh attempt, beating the Netherlands by 7-1 in just six ends. The Czechs, the Dutch and the Russians are now all on just one win at the foot of the table.
After seven round-robin sessions in the women's A group, Russia's Liudmila Privivkova and Scotland's Eve Muirhead top the rankings. In the only session for the A Group women on Tuesday, Scotland beat Sweden's Stina Viktorsson by 6-5 while Russia swept aside Denmark by 7-1 in just six ends. The Scotland victory meant that Sweden stayed on five wins, while Russia and Scotland - who face each other in the eighth session on Wednesday morning - moved on to six wins and one loss.
Norway, who also won in six ends, by 9-3 over Finland, and Switzerland, who beat Germany's defending champion Andrea Schöpp by 7-4 after an extra end, are on the same won five, lost two record as Sweden. These five are the only teams now left with realistic prospects of reaching the weekend's final stage games.
Denmark lie sixth overall with three wins, the defeat by Switzerland leaves Germany on just two wins, along with Latvia, who beat the Netherlands by 8-5 in the seventh session, and this effectively ends Schöpp's reign as European champion.
Finland remain on just one win, while the Netherlands, who close their programme against Denmark and then Scotland, are yet to have their first victory.
RESULTS A GROUP
Round 6: Russia 2, Denmark 5; Czech Republic 3, Switzerland 8; Sweden 4, Norway 6; Netherlands 2, Scotland 6; France 2, Germany 8.
Round 7: Norway 7, Switzerland 9; France 7, Russia 5; Denmark 2, Scotland 5; Germany 7, Sweden 6; Czech Republic 7, Netherlands 1.
Standings after 7 rounds:
Czech Republic 1-6
Round 7: Scotland 6, Sweden 5; Latvia 8, Netherlands 5; Switzerland 7, Germany 4 (extra end); Norway 9, Finland 3; Denmark 1, Russia 7.
Standings after 7 rounds:
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