Leading the way in the event is USA-Blue, who finished undefeated and 46 VPs clear of the field and will have choice of opponent in the quarter-finals tomorrow. Like some of the other qualifiers this team has world-class players and full-time bridge professionals on board, it's a different world.
The Scottish U21s had a great final day, winning three of their five matches. As I've said before I'm sure that they've found it really tough playing vastly more experienced teams and it speaks volumes to their character, enthusiasm and energy that they have come through with such a performance. I look forward to meeting them at some of the Scottish tournaments over the next year.
Both will now play in a 2-day Board-A-Match teams. This format, requiring more matchpoints-like strategy, will be new territory as it is not a format that is popular in the UK. But it will be a good warm-up for the pairs competitions that start on Thursday.