It was a tough day today. We started by losing narrowly to Demark, 14-16. We conceded slam swings on the first two boards, so coming back to a near draw was a minor achievement. We then beat the leaders, France 16-14. Alas, we lost the third match to Scotland, 11-19. It was a painful loss, it always is against the Scots, but we now wish the them the best of luck in qualifying for their first ever World Championships (they are lying third).
Our situation is serious. We have a bye tomorrow morning – we get credited with 18 VPs for that – and then we play Bulgaria and Spain. I have been in touch with Roy Hodgson to swap experiences. He says we should concentrate on defence and a flat back four. I certainly agree with the former and will sleep on how I might incorporate the latter.
Don’t tell anyone, especially not Sofia, but our secret weapon will be unveiled tomorrow; Gunnar tells me he has a lucky Wimbledon Bridge Club pen.