The Open team led throughout the six session match, and held a 48 IMP lead with 16 boards to play. This was quickly eroded in the first few boards, however, and they led by only 10 IMPs with nine boards to play. They held their nerve, however, and doubled this advantage over the final boards to win by 20 IMPs. They will play Poland in the semi-final, and will have a carry-over of +4.33 IMPs
The Women's team started with a deficit of 16 IMPs after the carryover, but gained that back, and more, in the first session. They increased the lead in session two, and after three relatively even sessions they won the final session by 18 IMPs to win by 41 overall. They will play France in semi-final and will concede a carry-over of 6 IMPs
The Seniors fell behind early against Poland, but pulled back IMPs steadily, and entering the final session they trailed by 11.5. Things didn't go their way in the final session, however, and they were ultimately defeated by 23.5 IMPs.
The semi-finals are played over six sessions, with three each on Tuesday and Wednesday. All matches are on BBO. Good luck to the Open and Women's teams and commiserations to the Seniors' team.
The NPC's have contributed numerous blogs over the last few days, and some of the Open Team have recorded video 'play problems'. The links are available below.
|Position||4 / 22||5 / 22||5 / 22|
215 ‑ 195
225 ‑ 184
196 ‑ 219.5
|Tue 6th, 06:30||SF1||Poland||SF1||France|
|Tue 6th, 10:00||SF2||Poland||SF2||France|
|Tue 6th, 12:40||SF3||Poland||SF3||France|
|Wed 7th, 06:30||SF4||Poland||SF4||France|
|Wed 7th, 10:00||SF5||Poland||SF5||France|
|Wed 7th, 12:40||SF6||Poland||SF6||France|
|Score||4.3 - 0||0 - 6|
|Blogs||5 | 6 | 7 | 8||7 | 8 | 9 | 10||10 | 11 | 12 | 13|
- World Bridge Federation event website
- Bulletins: Report of Open v India; Report of Women v China; hand from Women v Italy; Report of Open v Denmark; Report of Open v USA1; Report of Women v USA1 in Q/F; Report of Open v USA1 in Q/F;
- WBF Videos; Master Solver with David Bakhshi; with David Gold; and with Simon Cope