Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Warming to the Task - Venice Cup, Chennai 2015 (1)

Venice Cup, day two - the English women warmed to the task.   There had been no chance to ease our way gently into the tournament, having been assigned  three tough matches on the opening day.   These were against Poland, France and China (all likely qualifiers for the knock-out stages) and, although the results were not disastrous, things did not go as we might have wished.

It was important, therefore, to produce a good performance in match four against the Italians, fourth in last year's European championships.   On boards one and two, lady luck did not smile on the English but after a very polished performance, we overturned an early deficit to emerge victorious in a tight match. 

With renewed confidence, the momentum gathered pace in the next two matches, resulting in two near-maximum victories (versus South Africa and Egypt).   After a day of very fine play, we ended the day in ninth position and having played four of the top teams already, we are handily placed for the rest of the round-robin phase.

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