Another eventful day at the Teltscher Trophy: a heavy loss against Great Britain (less than 1 VP), followed by good wins against Northern Ireland (15.66 VPs) and Scotland (16.38 VPs).
Our final match was against Wales and a 1 IMP loss (9.67 VPs) meant that we held them off and finished in third place, with a just-above-average overall score. We signed off with one of our trademark double game swings, the third of the weekend; 17 IMPs from 5H made in one room and 5C doubled plus one in the other. If only the whole weekend could have been based on such a strategy.
Great Britain won their last match against Ireland, but not by enough to close the gap between the two teams. It was great to see two 91 year olds, Bernard Teltscher and Tony Priday, battling it out to the last – and they were second in the Cross-IMPs table! Ireland finished on 122.47 VPs, ahead of Great Britain on 120.44 and England on 100.51.
The event was superbly run by the NIBU, and the England team's thanks go to them, and to Ian Lindsay for his sponsorship of the event. It is tremendously popular with the players, many of whom have been competing with each other for decades. It is fiercely competitive but played in a great spirit; a wonderful advertisement for bridge.
And last, but not least, I would like to thank Roger O’Shea of Pharon Independent Financial Advisers for his sponsorship. The EBU doesn't pay full travel and accommodation costs for the Senior team and NPC, so Pharon’s support is most welcome.