From the Daily Bulletins
Monday, December 9
Team Lavazza wins the 2019 Reisinger: Norberto Bocchi, Dennis Bilde, Antonio Sementa, Agustin Madala, Giorgio Duboin and Phillipe Cronier. Second in the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams was Josef Blass npc: Bas Drijver, Sjoert Brink, Jacek Pszczola and Jacek Kalita.
Demirev first in the North American Swiss. Team Demirev won the Keohane North American Swiss Teams: Arthur Wasik, Piotr Nawrocki, Nikolay Demirev, Rose Meltzer, Piotr Wiankowski and Andrzej Knap. Second in the North American Swiss Teams were Thibo Sprinkhuizen, Luc Tijssen, Alison Wilson, Guy Mendes De Leon and Veri Kiljan.
Clementsson wins Mixed Swiss Teams. Winners of the NABC+ Mixed Swiss Teams were Roger Lee, Wei Wang, Sanna Clementsson and Alexander Sandin. Second place went to David Caprera, Anne Brenner, Joann Sprung and Danny Sprung.
Sunday, December 8
Lavazza in front in Reisinger. With an enormous score in the first semifinal session – 22.5 wins – Team Lavazza blasted into the lead in the Reisinger BAM Teams. Lavazza (Norberto Bocchi, Dennis Bilde, Philippe Cronier, Giorgio Duboin, Agustin Madala and Antonio Sementa) scored 15 in the second session. Combined with their carryover from the qualifying round of 13.07, the squad had a semifinal total score of 50.57, giving them an almost-maximum carryover into the final of 4.82. In second with a carryover of 3.04 is Marty Fleisher’s squad (Joe Grue, Chip Martel, Brad Moss, Geoff Hampson, and Eric Greco). Third place currently belongs to Team Bid 72: Jan Van Cleeff, Matthias Felmy, Iain Sime and Marina Wilvliet with a carryover of 1.79 boards.
Berg leads the North American Swiss. The squad captained by Mary Ann Berg posted the top score in the semifinal round of the Keohane North American Swiss Teams to lead the six-session contest going into today’s final round. Berg, playing with Jason Feldman, Krzysztof Buras, Grzegorz Narkiewicz, Rafal Jagniewski, and Wojciech Gawel finished yesterday with a four-session total of 197.05 victory points, giving them a carryover of 34.10 VPs in the final. In second with a carryover of 22.57 is Sibraud Van Ooosten’s team (Maximilian Stepper, Lauritz Streck, Florian Alter). In third is Doug Simson and company (Jeff Aker, Barry Rigal, Glenn Milgrim, and Steve Beatty) with 14.60.
Zmuda leads Mixed Swiss. Justyna Zmuda’s squad topped the qualifying round in the NABC+ Mixed Swiss Teams. Zmuda (Dominik Filipowicz, Loretta Rivers, Mike Cappelletti and Sandra Rimstedt) scored 122.29 victory points and has a carryover of 30.00 VPs in today’s final. In second with a carryover of 25.53 VP is Irene Baroni’s team: Alessandro Gandoglia, Yasuko Shrenzel and Daniel Lavee. Thomas Turgeon’s team is in third place with 21.14 VPs. Turgeon is playing with Sandy McCay, Robert Kent and Ellen Kent.
Saturday, December 7
Tobi and David Sokolow win Senior Mixed Pairs. Boosted by a strong first final session, Tobi and David Sokolow won the four-session Senior Mixed Pairs by three-fourths of a board over runners-up Margot Hennings and Bob Heller. The Sokolows, who qualified 11th in Thursday’s opening round, scored 65.71% in the afternoon session on Friday and 58.74% in the evening. Their total with carryover was 1601.56 matchpoints on a 46 top. In second with 1572.22 were Hennings, who represents District 6 on the ACBL Board of Directors, and Heller, former ACBL president and District 7 director.
Rodney, Krauss take 10K Fast Pairs title. Pairing a strong carryover with two solid sessions in the final, David Rodney and Rusty Krauss won the 0-10,000 Fast Pairs. They scored 55.24% in the first final session and 58.93% in the second to win the four session contest by almost one board. Their total with carryover was 546.13 matchpoints (17 top). In second with 533.97 were Li Yiting and Laura Dekkers.
Friday, December 6
Blass wins Soloway KO. After trailing their opponents for the first three quarters of the match, Josef Blass npc defeated Nick Nickell’s squad in the final of the Soloway Knockout Teams, 123-102. Blass, down 20 IMPs after the first three sets, unleashed a 51-10 run in the final quarter to defeat Nickell by 21IMPs in the inaugural running of the contest. Playing for Blass were Jacek Pszczola, Jacek Kalita, Michal Nowosadzki, Sjoert Brink and Sebastiaan Drijver. Nickell’s lineup was Ralph Katz, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Robert Levin and Steve Weinstein.
Lee, Wang win Blue Ribbon Pairs. Roger Lee and Wei Wang triumphed in the prestigious, six-session Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, finishing about a half board ahead of runners-up Richard Pavlicek and Jim Munday. Pavlicek and Munday finished with 1107.78. In third were John Ramos and 15-year-old Finn Kolesnik, with 1075.07.
Phil Clayton and Jonathan Cohn won the 0–6000 Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs. They were second going into each of the final sessions, having qualified ninth on Tuesday. They scored a 56.00% and a 51.14% in the final to win by 4.73 matchpoints, about a quarter of a board. In second were Leila Sink and John Hoffman.
Thursday, December 5
Blass meets Nickell in today’s Soloway final. The final of the inaugural Soloway KO Teams will feature a battle between two superstar squads: Josef Blass npc and Nick Nickell. In yesterday’s semifinal round, Blass (Jacek Pszczola, Jacek Kalita, Michal Nowosadzki, Sjoert Brink and Sebastiaan Drijver) defeated Warren Spector’s team (Gavin Wolpert, Vincent Demuy,
John Kranyak, John Hurd and Joel Wooldridge) 135-113. Blass jumped out to an early lead in the match which they never relinquished. In the other bracket, Nickel (Ralph Katz, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Robert Levin and Steve Weinstein) had an exceptionally close match against Andrew Rosenthal and company (Aaron Silverstein, Chris Willenken, Jan Jansma, Boye Brogeland and Christian Bakke), but pulled away in the last quarter to advance 93-75.
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Fu, Li win Women’s Pairs. Fu Bo and Li Hanxiao of Shanghai, China, are the new Whitehead Women’s Pairs champions. The duo, who won Tuesday’s qualifying round, scored 61.08% in the first final session and 59.15% in the second final to convincingly win the contest by more than three boards. Their four-session total with carryover was 859.12 (25 top). In second with 771.62 were Liping Wang and Yang Jinghui of Beijing, China. The pair made a strong move in the final: After they qualified 49th in the opening round, the pair posted a 66% game in the first final session.
Hampson and Greco take the lead in the Blue Ribbon Pairs. Boosted by a 63% game in the first semifinal session, Geoff Hampson and Eric Greco moved to the top of the leader list in the Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs as today’s final round begins. Hampson and Greco, who qualified fifth after Tuesday’s opening round, paired their nice first session on Wednesday with a 54.45% game in the evening session to take the lead. In second are Ron Gerard and Adam Wildavsky of New York, while Australian Peter Gill and partner Iain Sime of Scotland are in third place.
Clayton, Cohn lead Mini-Blue qualifiers. With a pair of 60% games in Wednesday’s semifinal round, Phil Clayton, fresh champion of the NABC Robot Individual, and Jonathan Cohn took the lead in the 0-6000 Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs. The pair moved to first from ninth after Tuesday’s opening round. In second are Leila Sink and John Hoffman. Third place is occupied by the Seattle-based pair of Jeffrey Ford and Aaron Mohrman.
Wednesday, December 4
Soloway Semifinals: Spector vs. Blass, Rosenthal vs. Nickell. The quarterfinal round of the Soloway KO Teams featured three matches that were initially close and one blowout. The No. 1 seed captained by Warren Spector dominated their match against Juan Carlos Ventin, winning it 146-51 in three quarters of play. Spector won the first quarter by 34 IMPs and then expanded their lead to 67 IMPs at halftime. Things continued to deteriorate for Ventin in the third set, prompting their surrender. Blass npc and Lebowitz had a close first half in their match, but Blass pulled away in the third quarter to lead by 38 IMPs. Blass stayed firmly in control in the fourth quarter to advance 166-119.
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Aaron Jones and Peter Gelfand won the 0-10,000 IMP Pairs, narrowly edging out runners-up Ron Feldman and William Schreiber. Jones and Gelfand posted a four-session total with carryover of 80.92 IMPs, while Feldman and Schreiber finished with 78.60 IMPs. The winners, who qualified ninth after Monday’s opening round, scored 46.33 IMPs in the first final session and 27.67 in the second. Their carryover was 6.92 IMPs.
Fergani and Pollack lead Blue Ribbon Pairs. Canadians Kamel Fergani and Frederic Pollack paired 65.48% and 62.32% efforts in the qualifying sessions of the Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs to lead the contest going into today’s semifinal round. In second are Stefan Skorchev of Bulgaria, and Baptiste Combescure of France. Third place is occupied by Richard Pavlicek and Jim Munday.
Chinese duo lead Women’s Pairs. Bo Fu and Hanxiao Li of Shanghai lead the Whitehead Women’s Pairs after Tuesday’s qualifying sessions. They were consistent, scoring 63.78% in the afternoon and 63.97% in the evening to take a carryover of 77.51, a little more than three boards on a 25 top, into today’s final. Li Yiting of Herndon VA and Laura Dekkers of the Netherlands are in second with a carryover of 65.71. In third are Emily Harrell of Birmingham AL and Christina Madsen of Denmark.
Polish pair sets pace in the Mini-Blues. Kacper Kopka and Krzysztof Cichy of Poland topped Tuesday’s qualifying round in the MiniBlue Ribbon Pairs, limited to players with 6000 masterpoints. The leaders scored 63.89% in the first session and 69.31% in the second session. In second are Steven Forsythe and Sandra Forsythe of Centerville OH, while Leila Sink, of Los Gatos CA, and John Hoffman, of Mountain View CA, are in third place.
Tuesday, December 3
Weinstein wins Mitchell BAM. Howard Weinstein’s team had a monster first final session to win the Mitchell Open BAM by nearly three boards. Weinstein played with Michael Becker, Bob Hamman, Peter Weichsel, Liam Milne and Andy Hung. The team scored 14 and 17.5 in Sunday’s qualifying sessions to qualify 12th-14th with a carryover of 2.17, then 19.5 and 14.5 in Monday’s final sessions. Their final score of 36.17 was far ahead of the second-place team captained by Margie Cole, which scored 33.33.
McMurdie, Jones win Super Senior Pairs. Veronica McMurdie and Dick Jones, a couple from Sacramento CA, won the Super Senior Pairs, a four-session contest limited to players 70 and older. McMurdie and Jones, who finished with a score of 1233.93 matchpoints, edged out Joseph Viola III and Om Chokriwala of California who scored 1231.52. Third place went to Markland Jones of Phoenix AZ and Patricia Dovell of Gainesville FL who scored 1222.89.
10K IMP Qualifiers. William Schreiber and Ron Feldman lead the list of qualifiers in today’s two-session final of the 0-10,000 IMP Pairs. Schreiber and Feldman have a carryover of 17.00 IMPs. In second with 15.04 IMPs are Pablo Lambardi and C. Valerie Gamio. Third place is occupied by Craig Kavin and Susan Miller with a score of 14.55 IMPs.
Soloway Round of 16. Most of the matches in yesterday’s round in Soloway KO Teams featured blowouts, an unusual outcome in a top-level event. The top-seeded Warren Spector team had a fairly even match against Daniel Korbel (No. 16) and company through the first three quarters of play, but Spector treated Korbel to a 55-9 pummeling in the last set to win the match by 42 IMPs. Team Lavazza, the No. 2 seed, trailed No. 15 Andrew Rosenthal for the entire match, and Rosenthal stayed in control to win 121-100, the closest match of the round. The No. 3 seed led by Nick Nickell stayed just out of reach of Hemant Lall’s squad, the No. 14 seed, through the first three quarters, but as is their habit, Nickell poured it on in the last set to win by 53 IMPs. John Onstott (No. 4) was manhandled by Blass npc (No. 13), as Blass won by 83 IMPs. The No. 5 seed led by Edward Xu was shown the door by the No. 12 seed captained by Laurence Lebowitz, 130-59 in just three quarters of play. No. 11 Peter Crouch sent No. 6 Chen Zhao to the sidelines, as they won their match by 60 IMPs. No. 10 Pierre Zimmermann defeated No. 7 Paul Street by 48 IMPs, and Juan Carlos Ventin (No. 9) took the measure of Jimmy Cayne and crew, 113-70.
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Monday, December 2
Piken wins the 10K Swiss. Leading the contest wire to wire, the squad captained by Ed Piken won the 0-10,000 Swiss Teams. Piken played with Eric Genheimer, Steve Cohen and Ron Feldman. Genheimer and Piken were a first-time partnership. In second, with 118.55 VP was the team led by J.J. Johnsen. Johnsen played with Margaret Peterson, Dawn Campbell and Aaron Jones.
Exciting start to Soloway KO phase. No. 1 seed Warren Spector and No. 2 seed Team Lavazza cruised in their respective matches, but the No. 3 seed Nick Nickell led by a tiny margin going into the final quarter of their match against Danny Molenaar and company before Nickell gained control in the last set to advance to today’s round of 16. Seeds Nos. 4-9 all lost their matches yesterday, while No. 10 Zimmermann had no trouble advancing, 207-90 against Cheryl Mandala’s squad. Peter Crouch’s No. 11 seed overcame a lopsided first quarter against Guy Mendes De Leon’s team, losing it 58-7 before retaliating in the second quarter to cut De Leon’s lead to just 4 IMPs in the second set. Crouch advanced, however, 149-120. The No. 13 seed led by Eldad Ginossar and the No. 16 seed led by Nick Demirev lost convincingly in their respective KO matches, meaning that half of the higher seeds were ejected from the event yesterday.
Stansby leads the Mitchell Open BAM. The team captained by Lew Stansby are leading after Sunday’s qualifying sessions with a carryover of five boards, more than a board ahead of the Lev team in second place. Stansby is playing with JoAnna Stansby, Crispin Barrere and Mark Perlmutter. Sam Lev is playing with Daniel Lev, Gary Cohler, David Berkowitz, Berend Van Den Bos and Joris van Lenkveld. In third is the squad of Kevin Castner, Christophe Grosset, Phillip King and Olivier Giard.
Assemi, Slinger set pace in Super Senior Pairs. Farid Assemi and James Slinger posted the top score in Sunday’s qualifying round of the Super Senior Pairs, limited to players 70 and older. Assemi and Slinger scored 65.86% in the first session and 57.64% in the second to lead today’s field of qualifiers with a carryover of 121.10 matchpoints. In second with a carryover of 109.32 are Lawrence Lau and Faye Marino. Sitting third are Ellie Hanlon and Mary Savko, with 99.20.
Sunday, December 1
Radu Nistor and Iulian Rotaru won the Nail Life Master Open Pairs by two boards. Their four-session total with carryover was 2270.40 matchpoints (64 top). In second, with 2142.63 were Alex Perlin and Igor Savchenko, while third place went to Cenk Tuncok and Gokhan Yilmaz with a score of 2112.66.
Soloway KO phase begins today – Round of 32. With the qualifying Swiss phase of the Soloway KO Teams completed, the top 32 teams begin head-to-head knockout matches in the event today.
Saturday, November 30
Kasle leads Soloway KO. After the first day of the qualifying round in the Soloway KO Teams, the squad captained by Gaylor Kasle is in first place with 127.25 victory points. In second, with 107.94 VPs is Stan Tulin and company (David Bakhshi, Dror Padon, Alon Birman, Louk Verhees and Cornelis Van Prooijen), while third place is occupied by Warren Spector’s team (Gavin Wolpert, Vincent Demuy, John Kranyak, John Hurd, and Joel Wooldridge) with 106.69 VPs.
Tuncok, Yilmaz lead LM qualifiers. Cenk Tuncok and Gokhan Yilmaz posted the best score in Friday’s qualifying round of the Nail Life Master Pairs. In secondare John Fout and Stephanie Culbertson. In third are Michael Kamil and David Treitel.
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