NABC Day 11 Results

Team Monaco, captained by Pierre Zimmermann, scored its second win in a row in the Spingold Knockout Teams on Sunday. Trailing by 10 IMPs coming into the fourth quarter, Team Monaco dominated the last 16 boards to defeat the Nickell team, 143-101.

ACBL President Sharon Anderson presents the Spingold trophy to the winning team: Tor Helness, Franck Multon, captain Pierre Zimmermann, Geir Helgemo, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes.

ACBL President Sharon Anderson presents the Spingold trophy
to the winning team: Tor Helness, Franck Multon, captain Pierre Zimmermann, Geir Helgemo, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes.

The Roth Open Swiss saw the John Diamond team prevail, with a 2.5 VP margin of victory over the second-place team captained by Carolyn Lynch. Diamond was trailing the Lynch squad by 1 victory point going into the final round. Lynch won their last-round match against Rose Meltzer’s team by a 15-5 VP margin. Diamond, however, outperformed the leaders by beating Michael Schreiber’s squad 18-2, to win the contest by 2.47.

Winners of the Roth Open Swiss Teams: Geoff Hampson, John Diamond, Fred Gitelman, Eric Greco and Brad Moss.

Winners of the Roth Open Swiss Teams: Geoff Hampson, John Diamond, Fred Gitelman, Eric Greco and Brad Moss.

The Fishbein trophy, awarded to the player who earns the most masterpoints at the Summer NABC, was won by Alan Sontag. Sontag totaled 315 masterpoints from his victory in the von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs and his semifinal run in the Spingold as part of Mark Gordon’s team.

Alan Sontag

Alan Sontag

Thanks to all who joined us at the Philadelphia NABC, and we hope to see you in San Francisco in the fall. For full results from Philadelphia, click here.

NABC Day 10 Results

The top two seeds will meet in today’s final of the Spingold Knockout Teams. Pierre Zimmerman’s “Team Monaco,” the No. 1 seed, will take on the No. 2 seed led by Nick Nickell. The clash of these two powerful squads is a reprise of the 2011 Spingold final, in which Zimmerman prevailed.

The team captained by Yan Wang survived a 49-14 fourth quarter rally by the George Krizel squad to claim the 0-5000 Mini-Spingold by a score of 122-116.

Winners of the 0-5000 Mini-Spingold: Peter Wong, Edward Xu, Jianfeng Luo and captain Yan Wang.

Winners of the 0-5000 Mini-Spingold: Peter Wong, Edward Xu, Jianfeng Luo and captain Yan Wang.

A late-night score correction from the final of the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams
promoted Nader Hanna’s squad to first place by a margin of .09. The official winners are Hanna, Joan Eaton, Michael Roche and Karen Cumpstone.

Winners of the Freeman Mixed BAM Teams: Joan Eaton, Michael Roche, Nader Hanna and Karen Cumpstone.

Winners of the Freeman Mixed BAM Teams: Joan Eaton, Michael Roche, Nader Hanna and Karen Cumpstone.

Click here for a full list of yesterday’s results.

Stars of the Future

The Summer NABC’s have a raft of exciting events on the schedule.  Yet, one of the newest and most thrilling collection of games occurs in the Youth NABC on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  There, our youngest and upcoming bridge competitors learn all about our fascinating game.

Outside the playing area, kids mill about – purchasing entries, talking about their systems and simply having loads of fun.  Once the games begin, volunteers guide our youthful players in every aspect.

Parents are most involved, too.  I had the opportunity to chat with Lawrence Zhu, from Atlanta.  Lawrence has two boys at the Youth NABC, Raymond (12) and Vincent (10).  The boys have been playing about 2-3 years now, under the excellent tutelage of Carolyn Eckert.  It was a treat for the boys to play together in Philadelphia and test out their skills.

Also during the tournament, professional videographers were on hand.  They took photographs and video of the kids playing, to highlight that bridge is a game for all – irrespective of age.

For some, Philadelphia has been an opportunity fine tune systems, agreements and understandings for the Junior World Championships near Shanghai, China.  Players on qualifying teams will be leaving from Philadelphia to represent us in international competition.  Best of luck to these players on the world stage!

No matter your level of expertise nor how much you play bridge – the Youth NABC’s should gladden your heart.  Bridge is alive and well in our younger set.  Here’s to these kids enjoying the game for a lifetime!

Youth North American Bridge ChampionshipsClick here to view a gallery of photos from the Youth North American Bridge Championships. If you are a Facebook user you can tag the photos and share them on your timeline!

NABC Day 9 Results

The squads led by captains Pierre Zimmerman (Monaco), James Cayne, Nick Nickell and Mark Gordon handily won their respective quarterfinal matches to advance to today’s semifinal round. The multi-national “Team Monaco” jumped out to an early lead against Marty Fleisher’s squad in the first quarter, 65-12, and never relinquished their advantage, winning the contest 145-104.

After a roughly even first set, Cayne’s squad outscored Carolyn Lynch and company 76-13 in the second quarter, effectively ending the match. Lynch gave up after the third set, and Cayne advanced 149-62.

The team captained by Richard Zeckhauser won the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match
Teams by the thin margin of 0.41 in the four-session contest when they outscored the leaders in the event by a half board on the last round.

Editor’s note: A late-night score correction reported by the Zeckhauser squad — declared
the winners of the Freeman Mixed BAM last night — may result in a different winner. See
tomorrow’s Daily Bulletin for details.

Mixed BAM winnersA strong second session in the final of the NABC+ Fast Pairs propelled longtime friends Ed Schulte and Tom Kniest into the winner’s circle of the two-day contest. The duo paired a 60.22% game in the first final session with a 65.77% in the second to win the contest by less than half a board.

Fast Pairs WinnersThe final of the Mini-Spingold 0-1500 Knockout Teams was an unexpectedly brief
affair, after the squad captained by Max Glick delivered a stinging 96-1 second-quarter hit
to Claude Le Feuvre’s team, prompting the latter’s withdrawal at the half. The final: Glick
117, Le Feuvre 21.

mini spingold winners

Winners of the Mini-Spingold 0-1500 KO Teams: (front) Jin Hu and
Jonathan Fleischmann; (back) Max Glick, Zachary Scherr and Zachary
Wasserman.

Click here for a full list of yesterday’s results.

And Then There Were Four

By Peggy Kaplan

Saturday, the Spingold Round of Four is contested.  Eight tough teams battled on Friday; none of the matches were close.  That bridge is a complex and deep game is highlighted by the scores.  Even elite teams can be battered on any given day.

All Spingold and Mini-Spingold matches were played in a large and quiet room.  Only a few sounds – boards being moved, a screen closed – are heard.

Now, Monaco faces Cayne as Nickell and Gordon face off.

If you happen to not be competing in the fine other NABC events in Philadelphia, then you do not want to miss the action!  These matches can be watched live on BridgeBase throughout the day.

Want to see the best players in the world compete for one of the top titles in the bridge world?  This is your opportunity.

Good luck to all; let the semi-final matches begin!

SpingoldClick here to view a gallery of photos from the Spingold at the Philadelphia NABC. If you are a Facebook user you can tag yourself in the photos and share them on your own timeline.

Online Anytime

By Peggy Kaplan

You live in Dallas; your partner is in Cairo.  A bridge game sounds delightful – yet you’ve only got an hour to spare.  A foot of snow is on the ground, the roads are treacherous….but you want to practice your squeeze technique.

What to do?  Go to BridgeBase Online!

Any time of day or night, thousands of bridge players from around the world flock to BBO.  There, they can set up a table and play, arrange a team game, or play in a variety of ACBL and free tournaments that run around the clock.  No matter where they or their partner lives, no matter when it is – bridge is available.  BBO also offers marvelous tools to improve one’s game, like the ability to practice bidding and play with robots.

Saturday night in Philadelphia, Fred Gitelman, founder of BBO, threw a “thank you” party for all the workers and BBO members who wished to attend.  Fred highlighted the efforts of wife and partners Sheri Winestock and Uday Ivatury in creating BBO, and mentioned the importance of some key people at BBO who make the site hum 24 hours a day.

Also enjoying the party and appetizers were a number of ACBL board members, and bridge luminaries, such as world reknown bridge teacher Audrey Grant, “Dear Billy” Miller – and Leo Lasota, the bridge player who has won more masterpoints on BBO than anyone else on the planet.

Being able to play bridge “live” – whether it be at the local duplicate, a city sectional or an NABC – can never be replaced.  Still, Fred & Company have revolutionized the world of bridge by delivering BBO to bridge players everywhere.

Thanks for all you do, BBO.  And here’s to all the players in Philadelphia whose games have reached even greater heights due to the opportunities BBO provides!

Fred GitelmanClick here to view a gallery of photos from the BBO Party at the Philadelphia NABC. If you are a Facebook user you can tag yourself in the photos and share them on your own timeline.

NABC Day 8 Results

In quick succession, the Westheimer crew gained 10 IMPs, 10 IMPS, 12 IMPs, 6 IMPs, 3 IMPs and then 12 IMPs, and never looked back. Westheimer outgained Joel 53-35 in the first quarter, 47-33 in the second quarter, 28-17 in the third quarter and 31-7 in the fourth quarter.

Winners of the Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams: Jenny Wolpert, Jill Levin, Mildred Breed, captain Valerie Westheimer, Hjordis Eythorsdottir and Shawn Quinn.

Winners of the Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams: Jenny Wolpert, Jill Levin, Mildred Breed, captain Valerie Westheimer, Hjordis Eythorsdottir and Shawn Quinn.

Australia’s Ishmael Del’Monte and France’s Thomas Bessis turned in the best performance in the opening round of the NABC+ Fast Pairs to lead the field of today’s 130 qualifying pairs. Del’Monte and Bessis posted a 65.57% game in the first session and followed it with a 60.46% effort in the second.

John Diamond’s team, the Spingold Knockout Teams champions in 2010 and the No. 3 seed in this year’s contest, did not survive their round-of-16 encounter with Mike Levine’s squad, as Levine advanced to the quarterfinal round 120- 106. Levine is playing with Peter Weichsel, Russ Ekeblad, Dennis Clerkin, Jerry Clerkin and Dennis McGarry.

Debbie Rosenberg’s squad topped the field of qualifiers in the opening round of the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams, scoring 37.83 wins, the odd amount the result of a slow-play penalty. Rosenberg is playing with Gabrielle Sherman, Richard Zeckhauser and Joel Wooldridge.

Click here for a full list of yesterday’s results.