Boosted by a strong first final session, Tobi and David Sokolow of Austin TX won the four-session Senior Mixed Pairs by three-fourths of a board over runners-up Margot Hennings of Annandale VA and Bob Heller of Knoxville TN.
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.
For the winners, this is the first open NABC title for David, who previously won the 0-6000 Mini-Spingold KO Teams, but the 20th win for Tobi, all women’s team and pairs contests, except for the 2020 von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs.
The couple, who met at the 1988 Summer NABC in Salt Lake City, do not play together frequently. Indeed, their last time playing together at an NABC was 2008.
“I owe it all to Tobi,” David said of yesterday’s win. “She’s a fabulous teacher.”