Day 2 for the England team was up and down but above average overall.
The first match against Israel was a win by 10 imps a sound result against a very good team .
In match 2 we defeated Germany by 35 imps to rise to 4th place at this point but a 41 imp loss to Bulgaria in the final match of the day was disappointing and the team lie in 10th place after two days play.
The following was a nice defence by Alan Mayo & Rob Cliffe in the Germany match.
The contract was a lowly 2d and the lay out was as follows :-
East played in 2d on the defence of 2 top clubs and a trump switch
won in dummy.Declarer played a spade to the Queen and Ace at which point south switched to the Heart ten ducked all round and now it looks natural to play a second heart but declarer can counter that by winning the ace drawing trumps and clearing himself a long heart winner with a spade as the entry to that winner .Instead Alan Mayo switched back to spades and declarer finessed the ten losing to the jack and now a third spade from Rob Cliffe locked declarer in dummy unable to draw trumps and cash his winning spade so the cold contract was defeated .Rather a beautiful little hand.
Today the team have matches with Romania,Poland and Denmark.