Thursday, 26 June 2008

Thoughts of an NPC VIII

Since my last report following our disastrous match against Denmark our results have been, to say the least, disappointing.

Round 6 on Tuesday morning we were up against the strong Norwegian side-Jason, Justin and the two Johns' were playing and both pairs put in solid performances to secure a very satisfactory 19-11 win- we were back in business but unfortunately the next match against France saw us throw away an early 16 imp lead to lose 46-26 (19-11 victory points to France)-this was Tony and Paul's first bad match and I think I should have continued with the twins/Johns' who were flying high following their victory against Norway.

Yesterday was not a good day-we lost heavily to Netherlands 22-81 (4-25 victory points) However, the match against Italy saw some really good bridge. The two Johns' were again teamed up with Justin/Jason and the match was tied with one board to go but unfortunately the twins played in 3NT,from the right side making all thirteen tricks-

I thought we were going to win when, due to a system bid, it looked as if Italy were going to play 5S or 6S or 6NT from the wrong side but an inspired 6D right sided the contract and a three/two diamond break saw the slam home (19-11 to Italy). In the evening match we lost narrowly to Israel but it was a match we should have won convincingly.

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