After our unfortunate forfeit against the Netherlands last month (we forgot to turn up), we were up against Poland this month.
On board 1 Andrew Simons was looking forward to getting his revenge against Marek Kamiński whom he had narrowly lost to at the Polish Go Summer Camp last year (http://lsg.go.art.pl), but Marek didn't show up so he won by forfeit.
Played the night before, Des Cann was in for a tough match against young talent Stanisław Frejlak who won the Polish Championship last year. Fighting soon broke out in the opening, with his groups getting cut in bad shape and some sharp moves from Stanisław brought down too many groups so Des resigned.
Martha McGill's game against Roman Pszonka also had a lot of running fights with weak groups, but unfortunately the dead groups were once again British so she resigned.
Henry Clay scored a good win against Sebastian Pawlaczyk in his debut for the team. After a peaceful opening a fight broke out when Henry reduced Sebastian's centre moyo and ignored a leaning move. In the end it resulted in a semeai which he won by one liberty. Sebastian then attacked the last unsettled bunch of stones but Henry deftly connected them to safety. The win looked safe until Henry allowed a group of his to become a ko for life (J+1 with hane is alive, L+1 with hane isn't) and he had to give up the semeai he had early won in order to win the ko, but fortunately winning the ko also allowed him to kill a group, so after all the trades he won by 13.5 points.