We got off to a bad start before a pawn was pushed forward when we had to default on board 10 as we simply didn’t have enough players available to play. Looking at the team line–ups, it looked tough for the bottom boards facing players with grades ranging from 141 to 150. So we were looking more to our top boards to bring home the bacon to reach a competitive result.
However, as the match went on, it was clear that our bottom boards were no match for their opponents when Richard D., Raimundas, David and Gian all lost on boards 5, 7, 8 and 9. So we were already close to losing the match 5–0 down where they only needed one draw out of the top 4 boards. This was achieved easily when Robert could do no more than draw his game on board 6.