Saturday, August 25, 2012
It might not be a coincidence that I stopped posting as our results worsened! After winning our first six matches we lost the next five. That left us almost out of the running -- we could have qualified with three blitzes or near blitzes in our last three matches. This was not totally unlikely, since on the final day we played the teams who ended up finishing 10, 11, and 12 in our bracket of 15 teams. In fact we finished with two ties and a loss, so in 7th place and well out of qualifying position. Congrats to Sweden, the eventual winners, and to everyone who did well.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
So far we (I am still playing for Switzerland!) have won all our matches, against Korea, Jordan, Chile, and Egypt. Our scores (15 is a tie) were 22, 25, 16, and 22 respectively. We are in good shape so far, but many matches remain. In 15 minutes we face the strong English team.
The World Team Championships started yesterday in Lille, France. This is the tournament formerly known as the World Team Olympiad. I am told that the WBF changed the name at the request of the International Olympic Committee. This is my second time in the city -- the world championships were also held here in 1998. This year the tournament is a component of the World Mind Games, so players from four other "mind sports" are here as well: Chess, Chinese Checkers, Draughts, and Go. As for the bridge event, each of the 123 countries in the WBF is entitled to send an Open, Women's, and Senior team. This year only about half have chosen to do so. In the Open event 64 teams (or so) are be divided into four groups of 15 or 16 teams each. Each group plays a complete round robin over five days. The top four teams from each group will qualify for a sixteen team KO which begins on Wednesday 15 August. Conditions of the women's and senior events are similar.
Hmm... apparently our results in Dublin were so poor that I stopped updating this blog entirely! If you miss the updates you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn -- I post there more often. We did poorly in the finals in Dublin. There were a couple bright spots. One is that we made the finals in the first place, never a given. The second is that against the four top scoring teams in the competition, Monaco, Netherlands, Italy, and England, we scored 14, 16, 15, and 15 (where 15 is a tie). Holding such strong teams to draws bodes well for our future. Now we just need to tighten up our play against the middle of the pack. In any case congratulations to Monaco, the winners, and to the six teams that qualified for next year's Bermuda Bowl in Bali. The fifth and sixth place finishers, Poland and Germany, also qualify.