Greece lost narrowly (14-16) to fearsome Poland and is keeping 3rd place in Tenerife; only snag: the teams immediately lower had in general big wins, so the gap is closing. The team immediately higher, first-placed Russia, got demolished by lowly SanMarino, 5 to 25, so this gap is also closing. When I wrote the other day that lowly-placed team offered the leaders a chance to score 20+ I didn't mean _that_ direction!
Anyway, the biggest swing suffered by Greece in the match was a missed slam.
Here are the EW hands
West dealer, EW vul.
K Q 9 2 J 10 5 A 10 5 K J 7 A Q 10 5 2 Q 10 6 4 2 A K 8 Skoularikis Lesniewski Zotos Martens 1C pass 1D 2H dbl 4H dbl all passThey beat 4H by three, but 500 was inadequate against the missed slam, either in 6D or 6C.
I am not sure what opener's double is (if support or merely negative) so I can't point fingers to anyone concerning the missed slam. All the more since Fotis Skoularikis is a friend :-) I tend to give a lot of credit to the Poles, though.
In the other room, the Polish West opened a Polish 1C and East replied 2D which is probably natural and game forcing, so now the intervention was much less effective -6D was reached.
Even in a plain 5-card major system, I like very much the 2D reply; that is, if one plays that a jump shift is forcing to game merely a-la-Acol, not promising the world's fair.
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