and Herkules again!
|The Friendly Game
|Lorenzo the Magnificent
|Herkules vs Plovdiv - 1st session
Yesterday, the Italian
and Swedish teams
here were the two who had already secured qualification for
the semis on the first day, and today it’s the same
two teams who will go into the 48-board final. The Swedes
were the more convincing of the two, blitzing Parioli in the
morning to win their section and then giving away very little
against a good Bulgarian
In fact, Plovdiv earned its qualification
for the semis by a not so big margin. Having lost their match
against De Lombard 18-12 in the morning, they had to score
at least 10 VP to finish ahead of Heimdal
Trondheim. It took them a long, long time,
but they finally emerged with 12 VP from this match to go
Parioli had even more mixed
fortunes yesterday, first losing heavily to Herkules,
then taking a seemingly unassailable lead (67-9) against de
Lombard in 12
boards, only to see it go down to 76-58 after 24. Though the
Dutch rallied at the beginning of the final
segment, the Italian experience prevailed near the end of
the last 12 boards, however, as many of us would have expected.
So they are the Swedes’ worthy opponents again today,
this time for the Cup.
In the lower half of the field, Heimdal
Trondheim and Bridge Club Haifa
had the better of the exchanges against their Polish and French
opponents, so they will play for the 5th prize to be won.