Sunday, July 25
Foster, Howard lead Three-Day Open Pairs
Jim Foster of Vestavia AL and Bryan Howard of Nashville TN lead the Three-Day Open Pairs after Saturday’s semifinal sessions. In sixth place after qualifying, Foster and Howard scored 52.99% in the third session and 59.41% in the fourth to lead with a cumulative score of 829.92.
In second are Jeff Meckstroth of Clearwater Beach FL and James Gleick of New York. Starting the day in 23rd place, Meckstroth and Gleick were remarkably consistent on Saturday, scoring 57.16% in the third session and dipping ever so slightly to 57.13% in the fourth. They are 12.23 matchpoints behind the leaders, about half a board.
Brothers Bill Schreiber of Valley Glen CA and Michael Schreiber of Plano TX are third with 814.94.
The field for today’s final is reduced to 24 pairs. Foster and Howard have a carryover of 14.16, about one and a quarter boards. Meckstroth and Gleick’s carryover is 12.10.
Atlantans lead Three-Day 5K Pairs
Edward Foran and Nicolas Hammond of the Atlanta area are leading the NAOBC Three-Day 0–5000 Pairs after Saturday’s semifinal sessions. Second after Friday’s qualifying sessions, Foran and Hammond scored 53.26% in the third session and 63.61% in the fourth to take the lead. Their cumulative score is now 390.10, giving them a lead of 3.16 matchpoints, about a third of a board.
In second are Amy Rhodes and Mark Blanchard of New York. They were 11th after qualifying but made their way to the top of the leaderboard in the third session with a big 66.77%, followed by a 55.17% fourth session.
In third are Kingha Voorhies and Burton Voohries of Victoria BC, who qualified 12th and had the best fourth-session score, 64.35%.
Day-one leaders Peter Van Zijl and Michael Berend of Maryland dropped to fifth, behind Gianni Hsieh and Frank Hsieh of Sammamish WA.
Twelve pairs qualified for today’s final sessions. Foran and Hammond have a carryover of 11.57, about two and one-third boards. The carryover for Rhodes and Blanchard is 10.94.
Shnier, Senesky lead Two-Day Open Pairs
The Toronto-based duo of Barbara Shnier and Barry Senesky turned in two-solid performances – 63.04% and 61.73% – in the opening round of the Open Two-Day Pairs to lead the field in today’s final.
In second are Dan Morse of Houston TX and Ira Hessel of San Antonio TX.
Third place is held by Alex Perlin of Metuchen NJ and Dana Berkowitz of New York City.
Of the 70 pairs that entered the contest, 36 qualified for the final. Shnier and Senesky have a carryover of nearly three boards, almost half a board a head of Morse and Hessel.
Calif. duo leads Two-Day 5K Pairs
Pangjie Xu of San Jose CA and Winston Huang of Los Altos CA posted the top score in the opening round of the 0–5000 Two-Day Pairs. The duo scored 59.21% in the first qualifying session, and capped it with a strong 66.45% in the second set.
In second are Serena Guo Dublin CA and Xin Ge of Cupertino CA, who started with 67.76% but came down to 51.43% in the second session.
Third place is occupied by the father-son duo of Guanghao Xiao and Jeff Xiao of Shrewsbury MA. Jeff recently celebrated his 10th birthday.
There were 40 pairs in the qualifying round, and 24 of them will play in today’s two-session final. Xu and Huang have a carryover of nearly four boards – almost a board ahead of Guo and Ge.
Canadians lead 0–1500 Pairs
In the 0–1500 Two-Day Pairs, the Canadian duo of Eric Promislow and Satadru Roy lead the field of qualifiers after scoring 64.20% and 54.34% in today’s opening sessions. Promsilow of Vancouver BC and Roy of Port Moody BC.
In second place are Charlene Coor of Austin TX and Ronald Kunkel of Leander TX, whose carryover will place them about a board behind the leaders.
Im third place are Gregory Gauthier of Mountain View CA and John Stremel of San Jose CA. Gauthier and Stremel were second in the Two-Day Pairs contest held on the first weekend of the NAOBC.
Twenty-four pairs entered the event; 12 qualified for the final. Promislow and Roy have a carryover of more than two boards, half a board ahead of Coor and Kunkel.
Saturday, July 24
Donner, Nickel reach KO final
In the Premier Knockout semifinal matches, Donner (Gary Donner, Cecilia Rimstedt, Per-Ola Cullin, Marion Michielsen, Brad Moss, Joe Grue) defeated Lebowitz (Laurence Lebowitz, Adam Grossack, Agustin Madala, Michael Rosenberg, Dennis Bilde, Zachary Grossack) and Nickell (Nick Nickell, Steve Weinstein, Robert Levin, Ralph Katz, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson) defeated Lewis (Paul Lewis, Linda Lewis, Ron Smith, Billy Cohen, Bart Bramley, Kit Woolsey), setting the stage for a Donner–Nickell final.
Team Donner was firmly in control of the match from start to finish. Donner outscored Lebowitz by 36 IMPs in the first quarter, then held them to 3 IMPs in the second while adding 31 more to their total. Lebowitz put together a little run in the third quarter but were still down by 56. They ended up losing 153–75.
The Nickell–Lewis match was slightly more competitive in the first half. After jumping out to a 29-IMP lead in the first quarter, Nickell was outscored by 17 IMPs in the second quarter, their lead trimmed to 12. However, in the third quarter, they scored 54 IMPs to Lewis’s 20, and were up by 46 going into the last quarter. Nickell won by 58 IMPs, 133–75.
Passell, Zolotow lead Open Pairs
Mike Passell of Plano TX and Steve Zolotow of Las Vegas NV lead the Three-Day Open Pairs by nearly two boards after Friday’s qualifying sessions. Passell and Zolotow took the lead in the first session with a big 65.17%, then backed it up with 60.98% in the second session for a cumulative score of 1029.38 (on a 34 top).
That put them comfortably ahead of Christian Jolly of Atlanta GA and Julie Arbit of Milford MI, who scored 56.42% and 62.27% to combine for 968.49, qualifying in second place. They’re exactly 1 matchpoint ahead of Sean Ganness and Saul Gross of Miami FL.
A bit more than two-thirds of the 35-table field qualified for today’s semifinal sessions, where 23 will be top. Passell and Zolotow’s carryover is 228.41, almost three-fifths of a board more than Jolly and Arbit’s 214.90.
Exactly half of today’s field will reach Sunday’s final sessions.
Md. duo leads 5K Pairs
The leaders in the Three-Day 0–5000 Pairs are Peter Van Zijl of Hanover MD and Michael Berard of Glenn Dale MD. They overcame a 45.83% start in the first qualifying session with a 70.42% in the second session. Their cumulative score of 390.60 is 2.7 matchpoints ahead of second place, about a fifth of a board.
In second are Edward Foran and Nicolas Hammond of the Atlanta area, who scored 54.61% and 60.83%. Gianni Hsieh and Frank Hsieh of Sammamish WA are sitting third.
Twenty of the 30 pairs entered qualified for today’s semifinal sessions. A 0–1500 flight of this event had to be scrapped because it did not draw a large enough field to sustain two rounds of elimination.
Van Zijl and Berard will take a carryover of 138.62 into today’s game, just under 1 matchpoint more than Foran and Hammond. Top on a board is 9.
Friday, July 23
Levine, Moss out
Three-time Premier KO winners and defending champions Levine (Mike Levine, Eddie Wold, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness) will not win this fourth, and possibly (hopefully?) last, North American Online Bridge Championship knockout.
After finding themselves in a 69-IMP hole to the team led by Gary Donner (with Cecilia Rimstedt, Per-Ola Cullin, Marion Michielsen, Brad Moss and Joe Grue) at the half, the stage was set for another comeback, but several missed opportunities at both tables resulted in a 166–110 loss.
Down by 42 going into the fourth quarter, Levine won 11 IMPs on the first board when Moss–Grue had a bidding misunderstanding and played game in the wrong major. It looked like the beginning of a rally – if anyone could do it, this team could – but a doubled partscore making, two missed slams and a game swing put the idea to rest.
The match between the spring contest’s second-place Moss (Roger Lee, Sylvia Moss, Michal Nowosadzki, Jacek Kalita, Sjoert Brink, Sebastiaan Drijver) and Lewis (Paul Lewis, Linda Lewis, Ron Smith, Billy Cohen, Bart Bramley, Kit Woolsey) was very close. Down by 16 IMPs after one quarter, Lewis went up by 6 at the half and 7 after three quarters. They gave that back on the first board of the fourth quarter, but then put 16 IMPs right back into their pocket on the next two boards and never looked back.
No. 2 seed Nickell (Nick Nickell, Steve Weinstein, Robert Levin, Ralph Katz, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson) handled Tulin (Stan Tulin, Louk Verhees Jr., David Bakhshi, Alon Birman, Dror Padon, Cornelis Van Prooijen) – up by 48 IMPs after three quarters, they fended off a fourth quarter rally to win by 19.
No. 5 seed Lebowitz (Laurence Lebowitz, Adam Grossack, Agustin Madala, Michael Rosenberg, Dennis Bilde, Zachary Grossack) led Rosenthal (Andrew Rosenthal, Aaron Silverstein, Chris Willenken, Jan Jansma, Boye Brogeland, Espen Lindqvist) the whole way and won with a final score of 138–78.
Donner will play Lebowitz and Nickell will play Lewis in tomorrow’s semifinal round.
Thursday, July 22
Few surprises in Premier KO
Again, the top seeds in the Premier Knockout performed as top seeds usually do.
Defending champions Levine (Mike Levine, Eddie Wold, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness) had an early night after No. 16 Amoils, down 50 at the half and 113 after three quarters, withdrew. So did No. 3 Moss (Roger Lee, Sylvia Moss, Michal Nowosadzki, Jacek Kalita, Sjoert Brink, Sebastiaan Drijver), who forced an early exit for Ferguson (Bruce Ferguson, Brenda Keller, Julie Nadel, Joris van Lankveld, Berend Van Den Bos) when they took an 89-IMP lead after three quarters.
After shutting out No. 18 Manhattan (Allen Kahn, Jeffrey Rothstein, Michael Lipkin, David Gurvich, Michael Radin, Ira Herman) in the first quarter 61–0, No. 2 seed Nickell (Nick Nickell, Steve Weinstein, Robert Levin, Ralph Katz, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson) went on to win by 48.
No. 13 Rippey (Mike Rippey, Kamil Nowak, Tarek Sadek, Walid Elahmady, Piotr Nawrocki, Piotr Wiankowski) enjoyed a halftime lead against No. 4 Rosenthal (Andrew Rosenthal, Aaron Silverstein, Chris Willenken, Jan Jansma, Boye Brogeland, Espen Lindqvist) before losing by 23.
There was one notable upset, in a dramatic fashion No. 11 Lewis (Paul Lewis, Linda Lewis, Ron Smith, Billy Cohen, Bart Bramley, Kit Woolsey) defeated No. 6 Spector (Warren Spector, Gavin Wolpert, John Hurd, Kevin Bathurst, John Kranyak, Vincent Demuy). Up by 18 after the first quarter, Lewis found themselves down by 22 at the half and down 26 after three quarters. Then, Lewis held Spector to a mere 3 IMPs in the fourth quarter while scoring 59 to come back to win 131–101.
The matches drew tighter as the bracket did. The Lebowitz (Laurence Lebowitz, Adam Grossack, Agustin Madala, Michael Rosenberg, Dennis Bilde, Zachary Grossack) – Hill (Kevin Dwyer, Joyce Hill, Shan Huang, Mikael Rimstedt, Ola Rimstedt) match saw a 2-IMP disparity in the first quarter, then Lebowitz went on a 43–14 run to take a 31-IMP lead at the half. But by the end of the third quarter, the Lebowitz lead was only 8 IMPs. They hung on in the fourth quarter to win 133–107.
Tulin – Kolesnik and Gupta – Donner both had close first quarters and swingy second quarters. After three quarters, their matches were again very close. Tulin was down 3 IMPs after three but had a big fourth quarter to win by 37 IMPs. Donner was up by 5 IMPs after three and held on to win by 7.
In today’s quarterfinal matches, Levine meets Donner, Nickell faces Tulin, Moss plays Lewis and Rosenthal squares off against Lebowitz.
Nemes, Mr. 1700 in 5K final
The squads captained by Charles Nemes and Eric Gettleman (Mr. 1700 and Friends) square off in today’s final of the 0–5000 Knockout Teams.
In the semifinal round, Nemes (Charles Nemes, Edward Maier, Rick Schoenfield and David Bogolub) defeated Edward Helpert’s team, 105–75. Helpert played with Ron Vickery, William Lindgren and Henry Nelson. The Nemes team is the defending champion of this event, having won it in the Spring NAOBC.
In the other bracket, Mr. 1700 and Friends eliminated Shelley Burns’s team (Shell’s Pals), 116–48 in three quarters of play. Mr. 1700’s roster is Paul Holmes, David Venetianer, Richard Franklin, A.J. Stephani and Isaac Stephani. The roster for Shell’s Pals was Shelley Burns, Kelvin Raywood, Lisa Mita and Edward Alcoff.
Franklin confessed to being the eponymous Mr. 1700, saying he got the nickname from an opponent who didn’t like Franklin calling the director about a break in tempo during an online match last year. In the face of time-stamped evidence, the offender sought to deflect the charge by attacking Franklin’s credibility, bringing up that he had gone down six doubled and vulnerable in the wake of a mishap involving exclusion keycard Blackwood on an earlier board and calling him “Mr. 1700.” Since then, Franklin’s friends have not let the joke die.
“My teammates had a new nickname for me, that I decided to just own rather than fighting the inevitable,” Franklin said. “If my bridge friends have any say in burying me, it will no doubt be engraved on my tombstone.”
Micro final: Apollo, Dahlberg
Teams Apollo and Dahlberg will meet in the final of the NAOBC 0–1500 Knockout.
The semifinal matches were remarkably similar in their scoring pattern. Apollo (Brian Zhang, Eric Xiao, Serena Guo, Wanwan Ren, Guanghao Xiao, Jeff Xiao), originally the No. 8 seed, defeated Drabek (Yan Drabek, Barry Laflam, Bob Leitch, James Kronholm). Apollo led throughout, putting up big numbers in the second and fourth quarters. Apollo was leading 93–47 at halftime. Drabek got their best results in the third quarter, taking 3 IMPs of the lead. But then Apollo finished with a 34–2 fourth quarter, winning 156–81.
In the other match, Dahlberg (James Dahlberg, Alan Munro, Colin Schloss, Nick Migliacci) eliminated Suitable Friends (Thomas Paul, William Whitehouse, Gayle Booth, Brenda Kelly, Janet Johnson), also leading after each quarter. Dahlberg similarly took a big halftime lead – 61–30 – and lost a bit of ground in the third quarter and then closed with a 38–7 fourth quarter, finishing 127–71.
In the Spring NAOBC 0–1500 KO, the same Dahlberg team reached the quarterfinals. Two members of the Apollo team played in the final, but the other four members of the team were not in the event.
Ramos, Towner lead Open IMP Pairs
John Ramos of Los Angeles CA and Mitch Towner of Tucson AZ topped the qualifying round of the Open IMP Pairs, scoring 91.05 IMPs in Wednesday’s opening round. They will enjoy a 24-IMP carryover in today’s two-session final.
In second are Mike Passell of Plano TX and Steve Zolotow of Las Vegas NV, with a carryover of 21.99 IMPs. In third are Paul Markarian of Lancaster CA and Jeffrey Goldsmith of Tujunga CA with an 18.08-IMP carrover.
One hundred twenty-four pairs entered the event. The top 64 pairs qualified for the final, and the bottom 60 pairs are automatically entered into today’s regional open IMP pairs.
Wednesday, July 21
KO status quo
Very few upsets occurred in the Premier KO Round of 32. All the top seeds won by comfortable margins, except for No. 10 Fireman (Phyllis Fireman, Jenny Wolpert, Joel Wooldridge, David Grainger, Joshua Donn, Greg Hinze), who fell to No. 23 Kolesnik (Alexander Kolesnik, Bob Etter, Gary Soules, Michael Xu, Richard Zeckhauser).
Fireman was down by 33 after three quarters; they put together a 33–12 run in the fourth quarter but lost 84–72.
No. 19 Ferguson (Bruce Ferguson, Brenda Keller, Julie Nadel, Joris van Lankveld, Berend Van Den Bos), outlasted No. 14 Goodman in a tight match. Ferguson won 109–91.
No. 18 Manhattan (Allen Kahn, Jeffrey Rothstein, Michael Lipkin, David Gurvich, Michael Radin, Ira Herman), overtook Overdeck to win by 17 IMPs. Down by 55 at the half, Manhattan came back strong, scoring 93 IMPs to Overdeck’s 21 over the next two quarters to win the match 136–119.
5K SF Round begins today
In today’s pairings in the semifinal round of the 0–5000 Knockout Teams, the squad captained by Charles Nemes will meet the team led by Edward Helpert, while in the other bracket, “Mr. 1700 and Friends” (Eric Gettleman, captain) will play “Shella’s Pals” (Shelley Burns captain).
In the quarterfinal round, Nemes (Charles Nemes, Edward Maier, Rick Schoenfield, David Bogolub) defeated Jane McLaughlin and company in three quarters, 135–56. And Helpert’s crew (Edward Helpert, Ron Vickery, William Lindgren, Henry Nelson) took out “MSRP” (Mark Henderson, Bernard Rehberg, A. Schmidt, Philip Geibel), 90–61, the closest match of the round.
In the other bracket, Mr. 1700 and Friends took care of Adam Weisz’s squad, 114–82, while Burns’s team (Shelley Burns, Kelvin Raywood, Lisa Mita, Edward Alcoff) defeated Bill Dinners’s squad in three quarters, 133–71.
No routs in 0–1500 KO
The quarterfinals in the 0–1500 KO were mostly close matches.
HI Aloha, originally the bottom seed in the bracket but No. 3 after scoring an upset in the opening round, was down 1 IMP to Suitable Friends at halftime, and still down 1 after three quarters. But they ran out of steam in the fourth quarter, and Suitable Friends (Thomas Paul, William Whitehouse, Gayle Booth, Brenda Kelly, Janet Johnson) won 108–101.
No. 8 Apollo (Brian Zhang, Eric Xiao, Serena Guo, Wanwan Ren, Guanghao Xiao, Jeff Xiao) scored one of the bigger wins of the round, ousting No. 1 SnapDragon 97–74. Apollo led by 8 at halftime but was down 3 in the third quarter before putting on a big fourth quarter.
There are no more “fantastic” teams left in the field as the No. 4 Fantastic Four fell 116–109 to Drabek, going the way of the Fantastic Six. Drabek (Yan Drabek, Barry Laflam, Bob Leitch, James Kronholm) had been down 3 at halftime, but a 45–33 third quarter gave them control.
No. 2 Dahlberg was the lone higher seed to survive, dispatching the young Chen team 98–74. Dahlberg (James Dahlberg, Alan Munro, Colin Schloss, Nick Migliacci) led throughout, but only by 5 IMPs after three quarters.
In the semifinals, Dahlberg will meet Suitable Friends while Apollo takes on Drabek.
Tuesday, July 20
Premier KO: four departures
Of the 36 teams entered in the summer Premier Knockout, only 14 teams played Monday. There was one head-to-head match and three four-way matches to eliminate four teams.
In the head-to-head, No. 23 seed Kolesnik (Alexander Kolesnik, Bob Etter, Gary Soules, Michael Xu, Richard Zeckhauser) faced off against No. 36 seed Neowise (Jason Ji, Huailin Chen, Weizhong Bao, Shihong You, Frank Feng). Neowise took the first quarter 43–33 but fell way behind in the second, scoring only 1 IMP compared to Kolesnik’s 73. Then, they held Kolesnik to 2 IMPs in the third while scoring 39 to cut Kolenik’s lead to 25 IMPs. The fourth quarter was a mutually high-scoring affair, with Kolesnik adding 49 IMPs to Neowise’s 48. The margin of victory was 26, 157–131.
In the four-way matches, Brenner (Anne Brenner, David Caprera, Robert Cappelli, Robert Bitterman, Louis Glasthal, Michael Massimilla), Shark (Shigang Liang, Michael Wang, Mike Xiao-Fang Xue, Peter Wong), Dinkin (Sam Dinkin, Kalyan Venkat, Kyle Rockoff, Doug Couchman, Ethan Derman, Levi Katriel), Huang (Ming Sheng, Winston Huang, Yanong Han, Wanfeng Mou, Fu Zhong), Smith (Jack Smith, Juan Carlos Ventin, Joaquin Pacareu, Marcos Thoma, Gonzalo Rubio, Juan Pablo Valdes Delamaza) and Hotanto (Omer Ekinci, Nikolaos Delimpaltadakis, Emre Ultav, Safak Uras, Tamer Cokgor, Emre Yazici) won their first-half matches and advanced.
In the second half to decide the three remaining teams, Reynolds (W.F. Reynolds, Lance Kerr, William Hall, Joseph Viola III, Hank Youngerman, Alan Douglas) defeated Collins (Sherman Gao, Andrew Collins, Somers Collins, Bo Liu), Baseggio (Franco Baseggio, Andrew Stark, David Chechelashvili, Ai-Tai Lo, Phil Clayton, Andrew Gumperz) bested Bettadapura (Sathya Bettadapura, Stephen Tu, Don Liu, Robert Virgile) and Bici (Leonardo Cima, Ettore Bianchi, Alessandro Gandoglia, Federico Primavera) beat Botwin (Michael Botwin, Barry Plotkin, William Campbell, Suzanne Campbell).
Play continues tomorrow with the Round of 32.
What’s in a name?
There were several cleverly-named teams in the 0–5000 KO, and while some titles did not turn out to be apt, it made for a more entertaining bracket. All 16 teams played Monday.
No. 15 seed Mr. 1700 and Friends (Eric Gettelman, Paul Holmes, David Venetianer, Richard Franklin, AJ Stephani, Isaac Stephani), must have not gone for many big numbers – they won by 75 IMPs over Pluperfect (R. David Walker, Dara Dinner, William Bauer III, Stephen Becker), who were the original No. 2 seed.
The No. 8 seed Lucky Charms (William Neumann, Michael Schrage, Brian Sutton, Edward Rothenheber) ran out of good fortune. They were in the lead against No. 9 McLaughlin (Jane McLaughlin, Ethan Wood, Bart Bussink, Harrison Luba, Robin Hillyard, Dan Morgenstern) by 14 after the first quarter and 27 at the half before falling behind by 4 IMPs at the three-quarter mark; they ended up losing by 28.
The No. 13 seed Dream Team (Herbert Nakagawa, Barbara Durkin, Mitsuko Kodama, Iris Chung) might have nightmares after facing off against the No. 4 seed Helpert (Edward Helpert, Ron Vickery, William Lindgren, Henry Nelson). Down at the quarter-marks by 71, 116 and 157 IMPs, they eventually lost by 167 IMPs, but deserve credit for playing it out.
The No. 7 team captained by Mike Peng, Pengpals (Ted Boyd, Robert Griffiths, Adrian Record) fell to No. 10 Weisz (Adam Weisz-Margules, Peter Peng, Linda Lord, Howard Arcand) in a very close match. Leading by 21 at the half, their lead was cut to 9 after three quarters. They ended up losing by 15.
The No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 seeds all took care of business.
Quarterfinals set in 0–1500 KO
The opening round of the 0–1500 KO saw 10 teams, seeds 3 through 12, playing for six spots in the quarterfinals, with the top two going through on byes. In two of the three head-to-head matches and in the four-way, it was the lowest-seeded team that was eliminated: No. 9 DKAS, No. 10 Fazio and No. 11 Eckert.
No. 12 HI Aloha (Debbie Ayars, David Ouyang, Gary Haynie, William Stevenson, Sharon Sandell) faced the No. 3 Fantastic Six (Francis Gupta, Ken Trock, Charles Dvorkin, Edward Fisher, Jean Lyons, Ed Lyons). The Hawaiians saw their 70–21 halftime lead trimmed to just 2 IMPs in the third quarter as the Fantastic Six mounted a 54–7 comeback. But HI Aloha survived the match 106–99, earning a quarterfinal match with Suitable Friends (Thomas Paul, William Whitehouse, Gayle Booth, Brenda Kelly, Janet Johnson).
While the Fantastic Six did not make it out of the opening round, the Fantastic Four (Shelley Johnson, Joseph Lepscier, Richard Gunderson, Robert Lee Jr.) did. They’ll meet Drabek (Yan Drabek, Barry Laflam, Bob Leitch, James Kronholm).
The other two quarterfinal matches feature the two most experienced teams in the bracket against the two youngest. No. 1 SnapDragon (Komal Kamat, Arvind Sharma, Ashok Agarwala, Bhartkumar Shah, Lynnie Sharma) faces Apollo (Brian Zhang, Eric Xiao, Serena Guo, Wanwan Ren, Guanghao Xiao, Jeff Xiao), which includes two 10-year-olds and a 13-year-old along with some parents.
No. 2 Dahlberg (James Dahlberg, Alan Munro, Colin Schloss, Nick Migliacci) takes on Chen (Charlie Chen, Andrew Chen, Kayden Ge, Brandon Ge, Jianming Zhang), four of whom are ages 9–14.
Sunday, July 18
Freeman, Wolfson in GNT final
In the final of the Grand National Teams Championship Flight, District 2 (Ontario) will face District 9 (Florida).
In the semifinal round, D2 (Jacob Freeman, Daniel Lavee, Bruce Zhu, Darren Wolpert, John Carruthers and Martin Kirr) defeated their fellow-Canadians from D19 (British Columbia) 124–34 in three quarters of play. D2 led the match 81–32 at halftime, and increased their lead to 90 IMPs after the third set, prompting D19’s surrender.
In the other bracket, D9 (Jeffrey Wolfson, David Berkowitz, Kevin Dwyer, Shan Huang, Gary Cohler, Jeff Meckstroth) trailed their D1 (Quebec) counterparts by 25 IMPs at halftime in their semifinal encounter, before roaring back into the lead in the third set. D9 posted 68 IMPs in that quarter to just 8 IMPs by D1. The Floridians stayed in control in the last quarter to advance 154–99.
GNT A is a Southern affair
District 9, representing Florida, and District 16, representing Texas and Mexico, are this year’s Grand National Teams Flight A finalists.
Team Castillo (Juan Castillo, Luisana Madueo, Maris Zilant, Linda Epstein, Susan Fuller), representing D9, found themselves behind in their semifinal match against middle-America’s District 14 (Eric Hendrickson, Paul Gutterman, Andrew Caranicas, Richard Lawson, Mark Krusemeyer, Robert Schachter), trailing by 6 IMPs after the first quarter, 17 at the half and 36 at the three-quarter mark. Having dominated and never trailed in either the round of 16 or the quarterfinal, this was a new situation. Castillo dug deep and outscored Hendrickson 54–12 to win the match by 6 IMPs.
District 16 (Hua Yang, Yan Song, Danny Feng, Lunhui Lin) stayed comfortably in command over LA County’s District 23 (W. Reynolds, Lance Kerr, Carol Frank, Randy Howard, Ed Piken, Mark Leonard) from start to finish. They won by 82 IMPs.
East Coast teams in GNT B
District 6 (Virginia/Maryland/DC) will play District 24 (New York City) in the final of the GNT Flight B.
In the semifinal round, D6 (Richard Bingham, Ryan Connors, Thomas Peters, Ernie Schuler, Adam Gann, Will Colmer) defeated D17 (Southwest US) 163–105, after trailing in the first half of the contest. D6 overcame a 17-IMP halftime deficit to gain the lead after the third quarter, and they dominatd he last set to win the match 163–105. Playing for D17 were W. Lakin Hines, Jim Wart, Donna Hofer and Kathleen Larson.
In the other bracket, D24 (Stefano Merlo, Robert Forster, Christopher Moh, Jordan Lampe) led the entire match in their semifinal battle against D12 (Michigan), turning a 35-IMP halftime lead into 77-IMP lead after three sets. D12 raised the white flag, and D24 advanced to the final, 142–65. The D12 squad: Ching-Po Wang, Xingyu Zhang, Henry Zhang, Yanping Zhang, Tai Chan and Song Lin.
GNT C: NYC vs. Chicago
The GNT Flight C final is a battle of two of America’s largest cities as teams from District 24 (NYC area) and District 13 (Chicago area) meet.
The D24 team (Hengrui Xing, Tingran Wang, Jiaheng Hu, Yang Xu) defeated District 16 (Texas) 137–98 in the semifinal. D24 led 50–25 after the first quarter and maintained roughly that lead throughout over D16 (Lilly Justman, Kalyan Venkat, Aaron Denton, Peter Naimoli, Ben Klauder).
D13 Henry Shi, Zhijing Tang, Li Miao, Zhiqiang Hu) were 124–100 victors over District 7 (Southeast US). D13 led 67–29 at the half and fended off a comeback by D7 (Ron Niu, Ja Mi, Wufeng Luo, Bing Tong, Bindhu Aravapalli).
Two-Day Pair Qualifiers
Joel Wooldridge and Kent Mignocchi of New York lead the Two-Day Open Pairs after Saturday’s qualifying sessions. They scored 66.22% in the first session and 59.32% in the second for a combined score of 1566.73, more than two boards ahead of the 54-table field. They have a carryover of 77.24, nearly three boards, for today’s final sessions.
In second are Maximo Cruzisio of Fort Lauderdale FL and Judy Fox of Virginia Beach VA. They scored 59.56% and then 57.11% to combine for 1456.15 – just 1.25 matchpoints ahead of Mel Colchamiro and Charles Sharf of New York. Colchamiro and Sharf led the field after the first session with 67.68% before qualifying in third place. Both second and third have a carryover that is behind the leaders by slightly more than a board. With 56 pairs reaching today’s final, 27 is a top.
Two-Day 0–5000 Pairs
James Bowen and Frank Bowen, both of Charlestown IN, are leading the field of qualifiers in the Two-day 0–5000 pair event. In second place after the first session with a score of 63.02%, they followed up with a 56.77% game for a combined score of 59.90 – just edging out Peter Van Zijl of Hanover MD and Michael Berard of Glenn Dale MD, who scored 62.26% and 55.52% for a combined total of 58.89. Michael Hu and Qing Lu of San Jose CA were leading after the first session with a score of 65.39% but settled into 16th after the second qualifying session.
Of the 42 pairs that entered the event, 24 pairs qualified to play the second day. The rest of the field will play a two-session regionally rated pair event. The Bowens will have a carryover of 26.90, almost two and a half boards.
Two-Day 0–1500 Pairs
Gilbert Deleeuw of Douglassville PA and Craig Bailey of Macungie PA are leading the Two-Day 0–1500 Pairs after Saturday’s qualifying sessions. They took a strong lead in the first session with a 70.83%, and their 51.53% second session was just enough to hold the lead with a combined score of 61.18. They are less than 1% ahead of David Long of Palo Alto CA and Gianni Hsieh of Sammamish WA, in second with 60.42. Bill Stevenson and Gary Haynie of Hawaii are in third with 58.96.
The 16-table field reduces to eight tables for today’s final sessions. The leaders have a carryover of 17.96, a little more than two and a half boards on a 7 top, and a little more than 1 matchpoint ahead of Long and Hsieh.
Saturday, July 17
GNT Quarterfinal results
Canada dominates Open GNT
In the semifinal round of the GNT Championship Flight, the District 1 squad (Quebec) captained by Marc Andre Fourcaudot will face the D9 team (Florida) led by Jeff Wolfson.
In the quarterfinal round, D1 had a close contest with the D10 team (Mid-South) led by Bryan Howard for the first three quarters. Quebec (Marc Andre Fourcaudot, Nicolas L’Ecuyer, Zygmunt Marcinski, Kamel Fergani, Boris Baran, Pierre Daigneault) dominated the last set, however, to win the match 155–106.
D9 handled their quarterfinal opponents from D16 (Texas), winning 157–61. Playing for Florida are Jeffrey Wolfson, David Berkowitz, Kevin Dwyer, Shan Huang, Gary Cohler and Jeff Meckstroth.
In the other semifinal bracket, an all-Canada battle: The District 2 squad (Ontario) led by Jacob Freeman will play the D19 team (British Columbia) led by Michael Roche.
In the quarterfinal, D2 (Jacob Freeman, Daniel Lavee, Bruce Zhu, Darren Wolpert, John Carruthers and Martin Kirr) defeated their D24 opponents from NYC (Robert Blanchard captain), 139–60 in three quarters of play.
Meanwhile, Roche and company (Daniel Lyder, Michael Hargreaves, Dan Jacob and Bryan Maksymetz) outlasted the D25 squad (New England) captained by Harrison Luba, winning their quarterfinal contest, 153–141.
Few upsets in Flight A
The 2021 Grand National Teams quarterfinal matches are in the books. In Flight A, District 9 (Florida) defeated District 19 (Washington). After trailing by 24 IMPs at the half, District 19 (David Taylor, Marty McCune, Paul Schwaighart, Gary Haldane) fought to within 8 at the three-quarter mark. District 9 (Juan Castillo, Luisana Madueo, Maris Zilant, Linda Epstein, Susan Fuller) went on to win 135–112.
District 23 (Los Angeles) defeated the No. 2 seed District 7 (Southeast US) captained by Nicolas Hammond, pulling away in the third quarter with a 72–16 IMP run. D23 (W. Reynolds, Lance Kerr, Carol Frank, Randy Howard, Ed Piken, Mark Leonard) won the match by 70. Playing with Hammond were Steve Callaham, Edward Foran and David Schulman.
District 14 (Great Plains) defeated District 21 (San Francisco area) despite trailing by 26 IMPs after the first quarter. They cut that to 19 at the half and edged into the lead by 2 IMPs after three quarters. District 14 (Eric Hendrickson, Paul Gutterman, Andrew Caranicas, Richard Lawson, Mark Krusemeyer, Robert Schachter) held on to win the match 117–98. D21’s squad: Qiang Zhang, Brian Zhang, Serena Guo, Wanwan Ren, Jun Shi and Steven Chen.
District 16 (Texas) defeated District 6 (Maryland/Virginia/DC). Down 57 IMPs at the half and 64 after three quarters, District 6 (Mark Laken, Richard Baum, Joe Trapani, Barry Ko) withdrew. Playing for D16 are Hua Yang, Yan Song, Danny Feng and Lunhui Lin.
Semifinal matches will be played today. District 9 will face District 14; District 16 will face District 23.
Big swing in Flight B
The most dramatic result in the quarterfinal round of the GNT Flight B occurred in the match between the District 25 squad (New England) led by Brad Mampe and the D17 team (Southwest US) captained by W. Lakin Hines. Mampe jumped out to a huge 78–9 lead in the first quarter and was still up 55 IMPs at the half. After three quarters, Mampe continued to lead Hines by 45 IMPs, but in the final set, Hines posted a blistering 74 IMPs to just 27 by Mampe (Brad Mampe, Steven Willner, Jay Tang, Leo Zelevinsky), allowing Hines to win by 2 IMPs, 178–176.
In the semifinal round, D17 (W. Lakin Hines, Jim Wart, Donna Hofer, Kathleen Larson) will face the D6 team (Virginia/Maryland/DC) led by Richard Bingham. In the quarterfinal match, D6 defeated a fellow Mid-Atlantic squad from D7 (Southeast US) 149–91. D6 is Richard Bingham, Ryan Connors, Thomas Peters, Ernie Schuler, Adam Gann and Will Colmer. D7 was Cyrus Hettle, Santhosh Karnik, Christian Jolly, Richard Jeng, Shengding Sun and Zhuangdi Xu.
In the other bracket, the District 12 team (Michigan) captained by Ching-Po Wang defeated the D18 team (Big Sky) led by Alex Heron Jr., 171–107. D12 – Ching-Po Wang, Xingyu Zhang, Henry Zhang, Yanping Zhang, Tai Chan and Song Lin – led all four quarters. The D18 team: Alex Heron Jr., Paul Erikson, Charles Roberts and Jason Dufault.
In the semifinal, D12 will play the D24 team (NYC) captained by Stefano Merlo. D24 advanced by defeating the D14 squad (Great Plains) led by Diane Henson, 149–110. The D24 roster is Stefano Merlo, Robert Forster, Christopher Moh and Jordan Lampe. D14’s squad: Diane Henson, Larry Henson, Mark Lasoff and David Trevor.
No routs in Flight C
Most of the quarterfinal matches in the GNT Flight C were fairly close.
District 7 (Southeast US) escaped with a 138–130 win over District 22 (Southern California) after leading by 64 after three quarters. D7 is Ron Niu, Ja Mi, Wufeng Luo, Bing Tong, Bindhu Aravapalli; their D22 opponents: David Liu, Nancy Leonard, James Bechtel, Christian Gilles, Andrew Rowberg and Danning Lu.
District 13 (Chicago) prevailed 138–129 over District 6 (Maryland/Virginia/DC), having led by 47 at the half. D13 is Henry Shi, Zhijing Tang, Li Miao and Zhiqiang Hu; D6: Thomas McGlynn, Janet McGlynn, Jim Dickson and Mark Valavanis.
District 16 (Texas) eliminated the top-seeded District 20 (Oregon) 102–90. After trailing 31–3 in the first quarter, D16 (Lilly Justman, Kalyan Venkat, Aaron Denton, Peter Naimoli, Ben Klauder) took a 2-IMP lead at the half and controlled the rest of the way. D20’s team: Jon Gassaway, Bruce Backup, Ryerson Schwark and Andrey Dashkov.
District 24 (NYC) knocked out District 25 (New England) 122–106. D24 (Hengrui Xing, Tingran Wang, Jiaheng Hu, Yang Xu) got off to 56–13 lead in the first quarter and continued to pile on it. D25 was Guanghao Xiao, Jeff Xiao, Eric Xiao, Weican Xiao and Jianqiao Gu.
In today’s semifinal matches, D7 will face D13 and D16 meets D24.
Friday, July 16
GNT Quarterfinal matches start today
All four flights of the 2021 Grand National Teams have been reduced to reduced to eight squads each: the quarterfinal round.
In the Championship Flight, District 2 (Ontario: Jacob Freeman, Daniel Lavee, Bruce Zhu, Darren Wolpert, John Carruthers, Martin Kirr) battles D24 (NYC: Robert Blanchard, Sam Lev, Fred Chang, Adam Wildavsky, Daniel Lev, Michael Polowan).
District 19 (British Columbia/Washington: Michael Roche, Daniel Lyder, Michael Hargreaves, Dan Jacob, Bryan Maksymetz) plays D25 (New England: Harrison Luba, Walter Lee, Zachary Grossack, Adam Grossack, James Streisand, Lewis Gamerman).
District 1 (Quebec: Marc Andre Fourcaudot, Nicolas L’Ecuyer, Zygmunt Marcinski, Kamel Fergani, Boris Baran, Pierre Daigneault) will face District 10 (Mid-South: Bryan Howard, Larry Sealy, Jim Munday, Jim Foster, Richard Oshlag), and District 9 (Florida: Jeffrey Wolfson, David Berkowitz, Kevin Dwyer, Shan Huang, Gary Cohler, Jeff Meckstroth) meets District 16 (Texas: Bart Bramley, Phil Clayton, Ira Hessel, Dan Morse, Mike Passell, Eddie Wold).
In GNT Flight A, District 9 (Florida: Juan Castillo, Luisana Madueno, Maris Zilant, Linda Epstein) squares off against District 14 (Great Plains: Eric Hendrickson, Paul Gutterman, Andrew Caranicas, Richard Lawson, Mark Krusemeyer, Robert Schachter), as D21 (San Fran Bay Area: Qiang Zhang, Brian Zhang, Renjun Guo, Ren Wanwan, Jun Shi, Steve Chen) takes on D23 (Los Angeles: W. Reynolds, Lance Kerr, Carol Frank, Randy Howard, Edward Piken, Mark Leonard).
In the other bracket, D16 (Texas: Hua Yang, Yan Song, Danny Feng, Lunhui Lin), plays D19 (British Columbia/Washington: David Taylor, Marty McCune, Paul Schwaighart, Gary Haldane), while District 6 (Virginia/Maryland/DC: Mark Laken, Richard Baum, Joseph Trapani, Barry Ko) takes on District 7 (Southeast US: Nicolas Hammond, Steve Callaham, Edward Foran, David Schulman).
In GNT Flight B, District 7 (Southeast US: Cyrus Hettle, Santhosh Karnik, Christian Jolly, Richard Jeng, Shengding Sun, Zhuangdi Xu) plays District 6 (Virginia/Maryland/DC:
Richard Bingham, Ryan Connors, Thomas Peters, Ernie Schuler, Adam Gann, Will Colmer), while District 25 (New England: Brad Mampe, Steven Willner, Jay Tang, Leo Zelevinsky) takes on District 17 (Southwest US: W.Lakin Hines, Jim Wart, Donna Hofer, Kathleen Larson).
In the other bracket, District 24 (NYC: Stefano Merlo, Robert Forster, Christopher Moh, Jordan Lampe) squares off against District 14 (Great Plains: Diane Henson, Larry Henson, Mark Lasoff, David Trevor), as District 18 (Big Sky: Alex Heron Jr., Paul Erikson, Charles Roberts, Jason Dufault) meets District 12 (Michigan: Ching-Po Wang, Xingyu Zhang, Henry Zhang, Yanping Zhang, Tai Chan, Song Lin).
In GNT Flight C, District 16 (Texas: Lilly Justman, Kalyan Venkat, Aaron Denton, Peter Naimoli, Ben Klauder) plays District 20 (Oregon: Jon Gassaway, Bruce Backup, Ryerson Schwark, Andrey Dashkov), and District 25 (New England: Guanghao Xiao, Jeff Xiao, Eric Xiao, Weican Xiao, Jianqiao Gu) plays D24 (NYC: Hengrui Xing, Tingran Wang, Jiaheng Hu, Yang Xu). District 7 (Southeast US: Ron Niu, Ja Mi, Wufeng Luo, Bing Tong, Bindhu Aravapalli) meets District 22 (Southern California: David Liu, Nancy Leonard, James Bechtel, Christian Gilles, Andrew Rowberg, Danning Lu), while District 6 (Virginia, Maryland, DC: Thomas McGlynn, Janet McGlynn, Jim Dickson, Mark Valavanis) battles District 13 (Chicago area: Henry Shi, Zhijing Tang, Li Miao, Zhiqiang Hu).