After Saturday's dazzling opening ceremony
it was time for the competitors and officials at the 11th Olympiad
to see if all their hard work would bear fruit, and in the case
of the former, they were probably hoping to conjure up some
magic of their own at the table.
The sheer size of this event is already
hard to comprehend - for example, when was the last time you
attended a major championship that featured two VuGraph theatres?
After the first day's play pride of place
in the Open series goes to the countries that have maximum scores
of 50VPs after two matches, the new NBO of England, and the
former World Champions Iceland. Naturally they lead their respective
groups, and Switzerland and Australia are at the top of the
In the Women's series they have played
a match more, and the groups are headed by Austria and Greece.
In the Seniors event another new nation
is making its mark, as Scotland lead the way, whilst China is
showing that it has some keen students of the game as they sit
on top of the University rankings.
If you are in need of Victory Points,
cans of magic spray are available at the hospitality desk!