Michael Byrne, NPC of the Under 20s
Today was much more competitive, and we had a win and a loss.
We started against Israel, who were tough players, although they played a relatively clean game.
On an early board we had a disaster and went for 1100, and at one stage we were nearly 40 down, but we gritted our teeth and won the final few boards 20-0 to lose by only 16.
In the next match we faced Denmark. Whilst I wasn't convinced by the merits of some of their actions they all worked well and we were losing halfway through, before bidding a great slam and coming back to lose by only 3 imps.
Or did we? While reviewing the hand records I realised I had put the wrong score into the bridge-mates. I have until tomorrow before the start of match 1 to correct it, so I will go and see the directors and they will help change it, meaning we win by 2 imps.
Tomorrow we face two softer matches Russia and Scotland, and we will be aiming for two solid wins in each. Russia have has a few wins over the weaker teams, but Scotland have lost every match and will be coming bottom in the round robin.