Directors and players alike fought off technology poltergeists in the two-day Rockwell Mixed Pairs which ended late Wednesday night. When a winner was finally declared, it was Paul Lewis and wife Linda Lewis of Las Vegas NV. Close behind in second were good friends Barbara Lehman and Craig Jacobson from the Chicago area.
The Lewises were third going into today’s final sessions. An acceptable 55.62% in the evening atop 58.67% in the afternoon gave them 2976.58 points (90 was top)—enough to beat the runners-up by a little more than a third of a board.
“It’s been 33 years since we last won playing together,” said Linda, referring to their 1981 win in the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams.
Linda now has a total of five NABC titles. This is Paul’s third North American championship. The Lewises live half the year in South Dakota where they have a property management company.
Lehman is a bridge teacher at Gold Coast Bridge. Jacobson handicaps horse races. They haven’t played tournament bridge for 10 years. “We’re back!” he laughed.
Finishing in third—less than half a board off first-place pace—were Greg Humphreys of Charlottesville VA and Jenni Carmichael from Kennesaw GA.
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