Alex and I have teamed up with Chris and Alan for the event, but unfortunately Chris was nabbed by the EBU to be NPC at the European Universities Championships and so a last-minute sub had to be arranged. Alan grabbed Dan, one of his silver-medal winning U20s from Beijing, to add some youth to our team.
The second division of the EPL has one outstanding team, de Botton, but the rest look competent without much between them. We won one match and lost two in the first weekend to lie just below average, at the bottom of the tightly-packed middle group.
Alex and I played fairly soundly over the weekend. The butler seemed quite kind to us (bidding an obvious slam is still worth a few imps) and we avoided costly misunderstandings. This was a nicely played hand from the last match:
The next weekend is at the end of the month.