Saturday, 11 October 2008

Beijing Seniors. Part Five

We won our match against Poland today and are in the quarter-finals (along with the England Open and Womens Teams, and the Under-21s who are through to the semi-finals). It was quite nail-biting for a long time. We dropped 5 IMPs in the first set and another 1 IMP in the second, and it was not until well through the third set that we took the lead. The final margin of 50 seems comfortable, but the match was anything but. Poland are a tough and experienced team and the IMP total in the match was lower than any other round-of-16 match not only in Seniors but also in Open and Womens.

Tomorrow we start the two-day quarter-final against Japan who beat Germany today. We lost 13-17 to Japan in the round-robin over 16 boards and are looking to put that right over 96.

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