The miracle did not happen. We did our part, collecting over 16 VPs against Norway, but that wasn’t enough. 9th place is probably the most bitter place to finish, but that’s it.
A few days ago I reported a 40% slam bid and made against us – a slam that was bid only by two pairs in the entire field. Had that gone down, we would be through instead of China 1.
I am well aware that this is not meaningful, you can’t judge a tournament from one hand when 204 were played. Surely in the past few matches, when we were taking a lot of chances trying to score big at every match, we had quite a dose of good fortune. But still we have a lot of regrets.
Especially for the slow start. This is how many VPs the qualifier have scored compared to us in the matches 11 to 17:
China 1 94
China 3 70
Even if you discount 10 VPs because we played Botswana and India during the stretch (but so did China 1 among others), it shows that we were there with the others.
This is no time for moaning though, we can only blame ourselves for the first two days and a half and try to learn for the future. Now it’s time to go back at the table, keep playing with the current form and try and win the consolation event.