Both the Nail Life Master Open Pairs and Smith Life Master Women’s Pairs culminated today.
Zia Mahmood and Chip Martel won the Nail Life Master Open Pairs by one and a half boards, boosted by a strong first final session. The duo scored 67% game in the afternoon and turned in a 60% performance in the evening session. These strong results, plus their carryover from the qualifying round, in which they finished 30th, was enough for them to claim the win. Their total was 3125.79 (90 was top in the final).
For Victoria Gromova and Tatiana Ponomareva, the third time was the charm. After finishing second twice in women’s pairs at NABCs, they led from start to finish in the Smith Life Master Women’s Pairs and won by more than a board. The runners-up were
Migry Zur-Campanile and Miriam Varenne of Des Moulins, Switzerland.
The winners live in Moscow. Ponomareva is an attorney, Gromova the commercial director of a company selling radios.
Sixteen teams remain the Baze Senior Knockout Teams, and 14 of the top-seeded squads are in the hunt. The two lower-ranked seeds still in the contest (restricted to players 55 and older) are those captained by Peter Lesnik, the original No. 18 seed, and Cindy Bernstein, the original No. 21 seed.
Play begins today in the Super Senior Pairs, Mitchel Open Board-a-Match Teams, Marsha May Sternberg Women’s Board-a-Match Teams, and Baze Senior Knockout Teams events.