2014 Spring NABC Dallas: March 29th
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March 29th: Monaco, Nickell in Vanderbilt final
Just as the seeding committee laid it out, the top two in the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams will go head to head in today’s final. No. 1 Monaco, playing four-handed since the second day of the event, will face No. 2 Nick Nickell for the championship. The match will be broadcast on Bridge Base Online and there will be a vugraph presentation in the Dallas Ballroom at the Sheraton Convention Center starting at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monaco played without Pierre Zimmermann, captain of the team, and his partner, Franck Multon. They departed on Tuesday because of an emergency in Zimmermann’s family. In the semifinal, Monaco faced the Carolyn Lynch squad, seeded No. 5.
The top seed led from the start and won every quarter in the 64-board match. The final score was 162-104. Nickell’s opponent was the Mark Gordon team, originally seeded No. 11. Nickell also started fast, forging a 91-46 lead at the halfway point and expanding the lead to 66 IMPs after the third set. The final score was 156-107.
Feldman ahead in Women’s Swiss
The team captained by Lynne Feldman will start play today in the Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams with a carryover lead of 21.75 victory points. Feldman, of San Diego CA, is playing with Kitty Cooper, Lakeside CA; Sue Picus, New York NY, and Anne Brenner, Denver CO. Not far behind with 19.50 VPs, is a Chinese team led by Yan Huang, and only 0.75 VPs behind them are the Texas-based Carolyn Lanier squad.
Auken out front in Open Swiss
The team captained by Sabine Auken starts play today in the Jacoby Open Swiss Teams with a carryover of 30 victory points. Auken is playing with Roy Welland, Josef Piekarek, Alexander Smirnov and Christina Madsen. About 8 VPs behind is the Martin Fleisher squad, the No. 4 seed in the Vanderbilt. In third is a team from China captained by Ze Jun Zhuang and the mostly Swedish team captained by Johan Upmark.
Pairs from Michigan, California lead NAPs
Two Michigan players, Zachary Wasserman, Farmington Hills, and Jonathan Fleischmann, Bloomfield, used a 69.56% game in the first qualifying session of the Golder North American Pairs, Flight B, to take the lead at the halfway point
of the event. Their evening session of 59.50% put them more than 10 matchpoints ahead of Qiang Zhang, Mountain House CA, and Ethan Yi Liu, Fremont CA. In the President’s Cup NAP, Flight C, Neil Chua, Chula Vista CA, and Winston Chang, Irvine CA, will start play today with 38.54 matchpoints in the bank, about 7 more than Charles Wobbeking, Southlake TX, and Edward Wang, Plano TX. Both events conclude today.
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