Updates from Phoenix

Baze Senior KO down to four teams

Four teams will do battle for the final two spots in the Baze Senior Knockout Teams today. Matchups, by team captain, are Rose Meltzer versus Carolyn Lynch and Vinita Gupta versus Fred King.

Most of the matches in the quarterfinal round were close. All but the Lynch-Hemant Lall contest could have gone either way.

In the match between Gupta and Stan Tulin, the latter had rallied from 39 down to take a 17-IMP lead midway through the match, but Gupta tied it with a 17-IMP swing (6♣ plus 1370 at one table and 7♣ minus 200 at the other) and put it away with an 11- IMP slam swing a couple of boards later.

Gromov squad leading Mitchell Open BAM

The team captained by Andrew Gromov takes a narrow lead into today’s final two sessions of play in the Mitchell Open Board-a-Match Teams. Gromov is playing with Aleksander Dubinin, Krzysztof Buras, Grzegorz Narkiewicz, Norberto Bocchi and Agustin Madala.

Gromov starts the day with a carryover of 4.60, just ahead of two teams with carryover of 3.58 – squads captained by Paul Fireman and Bob Drake.

Lazarus and Laken Lead Super Seniors

After the first two qualifying sessions, Ed Lazarus of Baltimore MD looks poised for a four-peat in the Super Senior Pairs. He and partner Mark Laken of Glyndon MD, with whom he won this event last year, lead the field with 54.18 carryover.

Richard Catero of Mesa AZ and Eddie Rose of Laguna Niguel CA sit second with 43.68.

Lazarus has won the Super Senior Pairs every year since it was added to the NABC calendar in 2010. The event concludes today.

Fireman out in front in Women’s BAM

The Phyllis Fireman team starts the second and final day of the Marsha May Sternberg Women’s Board-a-Match Teams with a three-board lead. Tied for second with 31.50 are the teams captained by Migry Zur Campanile and Mildred Breed.

Fireman is playing with Shannon Cappelletti, Sylvie Willard, Benedicte Cronier, Meike Wortel and Marion Michielsen.

Playing with Zur Campanile are Christal Henner, Dana Berkowitz and Lisa Berkowitz. Breed’s team is Pam Wittes, Shawn Quinn and Stasha Cohen.