In a back-and-forth struggle with the eventual runners-up, Gerry McCully and Rhonda Foster had a 60.26% game in the second final session of the Senior Mixed Pairs to win the event by less than a board (55 top). With the win, McCully became a Grand Life Master.
The husband and wife qualified for the two final sessions in 13th place, followed by Francisco Bernal, Miami FL, and Sylvie Willard, Paris, France. McCully and Rhonda Foster were ahead by just 3.26 matchpoints. McCully and Foster have homes in Victoria BC and Sun City West AZ.
After the first final session, Bernal and Willard had taken the lead. McCully and Foster were in sixth place.
Over the final 26 boards, the winners rallied for a 60.26% game while Bernal and Willard scored 53.70%. The winners’ final score was 1815.53. Bernal and Willard finished with 1176.18 matchpoints.
McCully and Foster have been playing together for 25 years. She has twice been a member of the winning squad in the Canadian Women’s Teams Championship.
Here is the full list of winners of the Senior Mixed Pairs.