For first time in the history of the Youth NABC, the Baron Barclay Youth Pairs has been won by a pair of young women. Allison Hunt and Asya Ladyzhensky had big games in both session to win by 7.02 matchpoints on a top of 11.
Second place went to Ben Kristensen, Duluth MN, and Kevin Rosenberg, Cupertino CA. Hunt is from Charlotte NC, Ladyzhensky from Ellenton FL. In the qualifying session, they racked up 68.86%. They followed with 66.10% in the final to hold off their challengers.
Hunt and Ladyzhensky have been regulars at the Youth NABC from its inception in 2005. Ladyzhensky, daughter of two accomplished players from Russia – Irina and Alexander Ladyzhensky – has not missed one.
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