Two-thirds of the 2010 world champion John Diamond team took the top two places in the Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, and it was the captain and his partner finishing first by just 9 matchpoints on a top of 38.
Diamond and Brian Platnick, who were third in the Kay Platinum Pairs earlier this year, finished just ahead of teammates Geoff Hampson and Eric Greco. The four of them, plus Fred Gitelman and Brad Moss, won the Spingold Knockout Teams in the summer of 2010 and followed it in the fall with a victory in the Rosenblum Open Knockout Teams at the World Bridge Championships in Philadelphia.
The Blue Ribbon win was the first pairs title for Platnick, the second for Diamond, who won the national Fast Open Pairs with Hampson in 2011.
Despite a poor semifinal round that made Kevin Young and Peter Worby believe they had
not qualified for the final of the 0-5000 Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs, the duo turned in a strong performance in yesterday’s final to win the six-session contest by almost a full board.
Kitty and Steve Cooper of Lakeside CA won the four-session Senior Mixed Pairs, marking the second time the couple has won an NABC title together. The Coopers were lying sixth after Wednesday’s qualifying round. Their final session scores of 52.45% and 59.52% combined with their carryover was good enough to push them into the winner’s circle. Their two-day total was 2041.75.
The Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams and Keohane North American Swiss Teams events begin today.