The first two matches were played yesterday evening and resulted in a small aggregate win for the Welsh:
Scotland Blue 36:23 Wales Red
Scotland White 35:54 Wales Green
The following board was essentially flat in both matches but illustrated different approaches to the hand:
In the first match, Danny and Helen had the best auction. In particular, they showed a good understanding about what their two diamonds opening bid would deliver when Key-card Blackwood was used with a void! The odds for losing no more than one trump is 79%.
The Welsh auction was less convincing but reached a making slam:
Aside from holding the trump losers to one only 35% of the time, this slam needs even more and is lucky to make. However you could argue that they were more in tune with the hand than both pairs in the second match:
In both case it seems that North did not expect the hand that South held. Slams make a huge difference in the trials, since they are normally cross-imped, and both these pairs might consider doing some work in this area.
The fun and games continue on Monday 10 September with two more matches.