Mahaffey wins Open BAM
The team captained by Jim Mahaffey charged from behind in the final of the Mitchell Open Board-a-Match Teams to win the event by less than a board.
The winners scored 36.77 to 36.03 for the runners-up, captained by Jill Levin.
Mahaffey played with Tony Forrester, England; Jean Quantin and Marc Bompis, France, and Josef Piekarek and Alexander Smirnov, Germany.
Levin played with Jenny Wolpert, Bobby Levin and Steve Weinstein.
After two qualifying sessions, Mahaffey and company were tied for 45th/49th. Levin was ahead of them, tied for 31st/36th.
In the first final, Levin scored 19.5 out of a possible 26 to move into first with 21.03, including carryover. Mahaffey’s first final session score of 17 (plus .77 carryover) moved them into 9th place.
In the second final session, Mahaffey posted 19 to Levin’s 15.
The victory was the first North American championship for Quantin, Bompis, Piekarek and Smirnov, the latter two posting second-place finishes twice in the Reisinger Board-a-Match teams and once in the Jacoby Swiss Teams.
Mahaffey earned his fifth North American title. Forrester has two wins in the Reisinger, once in the Mitchell BAM and one in the Silodor Open Pairs.
Lazarus refuses to lose, wins fourth Super Senior Pairs
Baltimore-area players Ed Lazarus and Mark Laken scored 63.15% in the first final session of the Super Senior Pairs and followed with a 55.96% game to win the event by more than a board.
The win was the fourth for Lazarus with three different partners in the 4-year-old event. He won with Laken last year in San Francisco. The event is restricted to ACBL members 70 or older.
Second place went to Sonja Shiner of Paradise Valley AZ and Paula Cohen of Minneapolis MN. The winners finished with 828.40 matchpoints to 791.72 for the runners-up. Top was 25.
Lazarus related that he played in the event for the first time with a partner he didn’t know very well because a friend thought he would enjoy it. He and Laken have been friends for 45 years, Lazarus noting that “I played with Mark’s mother.”
Lazarus still works as an engineering design manager. Laken is a retired vice president for the shopping center design firm.
Fireman wins Women’s BAM
Buoyed by three excellent sessions, the Phyllis Fireman team was able to withstand a less- than-superlative final qualifying session to win the Marsha May Sternberg Women’s Board-a-Match teams.
Finishing second was the all-Florida Bernace De Young team.
Fireman of Chestnut Hill MA was playing with Shannon Cappelletti of Delray Beach FL; Meike Wortel of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Marion Michielsen, Stockholm, Sweden; and Sylvie Willard and Benedicte Cronier of Paris, France.
Fireman posted 18- and 16.50-win sessions in the qualifying sessions to carry a three-board lead into the second day of the two-day event. An 18-win first final session made it look like they were all but unbeatable. But a poor evening session left them vulnerable.
Meanwhile, the De Young team, who entered the day in eighth position, moved up rapidly with 15.50 in the afternoon followed by 18 in the evening. Still, their 34.25 was short by 1.75.
De Young, Miami FL, played with Bronia Jenkins, Vero Beach FL; Gen Geiger and Gigi Simpson from Sarasota FL.