In the final round of the competition, the U21 team with Harry narrowly lost to the winners Holland, but it was enough to move them into 3rd place as the silver medallists France thrashed Poland. They qualify for the World Championships next year.
In the U26’s the first 8 teams of the 23 qualify for the World championships next year. At the start of the day England were 10 victory points off Czech Republic, the 8th placed team. Both teams had resounding wins, but at the end England were still 8.5 VPs off the 8th slot, now held by Bulgaria. Ian played in the second game, and a 20 IMP gain on the last two boards saw them whitewash Ireland 20 – 0. They were now 3VPs behind Israel, 6 behind Bulgaria and 8 behind the Czechs.
The final game was against eventual silver medalists Holland. After 7 hands they were 19 IMPs behind, clawed it back to be 4 ahead, then with 2 hands to go were 8 behind. The Czechs had finished their 15 boards, still 5 VP’s ahead. On board 14 the Dutch stopped in 5H, but Kennedy and Ye bid and made 6NT. On the last board England needed to gain at least 3 IMPs to get the necessary VP’s. Norton and Natt made an overtrick in 3C, 110 points. So Kennedy and Ye needed to get a positive score. The Dutch bid 3NT, a contract made by 9 other pairs. The pressure told and the Dutch player erred in trying to establish Diamonds rather than clubs. Down 1. 5 IMP’s to England who gained 8th place with 270.67 VP’s to 270.11.
The ladies team with Hannah Tuus had an up-and-down series of matches, finishing 8th of the 9 teams.
The England U16 team also took a Bronze medal, finishing 3rd of the 18 teams by the narrow margin of 1.2 VPs.
I have attached two bulletins from the 27th European Youth Team Chamionship. In particular see p14 from Bulletin 3 and p9..12 from Bulletin 4.
Since mid April, I have been learning about the DCBA website and making some changes. Below is a summary and some help for you to find your way around...
Roger Floutier 3rd May 2019
Hanna Tuus - Hanna's biography
White House, Amsterdam U26: March 2019 3rd place in Junior Channel Trophy: 2018 3rd in Junior European Championships: 2017 2nd with Ian Robson in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2017
Ian Robson - Ian's biography
1st in Junior Camrose: 2019 3rd in European Youth Pairs U26: 2018 2nd in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2018 2nd with Hanna Tuus in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2017
Harry Madden - Harry's biography
Channel Trophy, Lille U21: December 2018 World Youth Championship, China U21: 2018 1st in Peggy Bayer: 2018 Junior Channel Trophy: 2017
World Youth Teams: 2016 Peggy Bayer: 2016 Czech Junior Teams U15: 2015 European Youth Teams U15: 2015