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Russia is the 2013 NEC Cup Champion

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On 20 April, 2013 At 11:20

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Source: NEC Official Site

The 2013 NEC Cup will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Yeh Bros Cup at Pacifico Yokohama as follows:

  The NEC Cup 16th to 21st April 2013,   The Yeh Bros Cup 22nd to 26th April 2013

This year’s NEC Cup boasts one of its toughest and most impressive international fields, including many of the world’s top players. Stage One features a 12-round, three-day Swiss Teams qualifier with 14-board matches, imps converted to Victory Points using the new 14-Board WBF scale. The top eight teams will qualify for the final knockout phase. The quarter-and semifinals will consist of 32-board matches, while the final will be contested over 64 boards (with the two losing semi-finalists tying for 3/4). On Friday, April 19, the IMP Pairs Yokohama will be followed held on Saturday, April 20th, by the Yokohama Swiss Teams (A, B & C) and on Sunday, April 21, by the Asuka Cup (Open Pairs).

NEC CUP Day 5: Final (Apr. 20th)      Hands & Scores (pdf) (1st / 2nd / 3rd/ 4th)

Equipos M1 M2 M3 M4 Total
 Russia 48 47 58   153
 Mixed 37 9 7 w/d 53
           
Andrey Gromov, Evgeny Gladysh, AlexanderDubinin, Mikhail Krasnosselski, SjoertBrink

Andrey Gromov, Evgeny Gladysh, AlexanderDubinin, Mikhail Krasnosselski, SjoertBrink

 
Reese Milner, Hemant Lall, Sabine Auken, Roy Welland, Jacek Pszczola, Michael Kwiecien

Reese Milner, Hemant Lall, Sabine Auken, Roy Welland, Jacek Pszczola, Michael Kwiecien

The Russians have come close to winning the NEC before (Andrey Gromov and Alexander Dubinin lost narrowly in 2005 and 2007) but the long wait for revenge is over. They more than made up for past defeats in one of the most comprehensive victories ever in the NEC. After 48 boards Gromov and Dubinin, playing with Sjoert Brink, Mikhail Krasnosselski and Evgeny Gladysh, annihilated Team Mixed (Reese Milner, Hemant Lall, Sabine Auken, Roy Welland, Jacek Pszczola, Michael Kwiecien) who themselves had been playing like champions to this point in the event. The finals went only 48 boards, Mixed withdrawing after trailing 153-53.
In the last two days of the KO the Russians had conceded less than 1.5 imps per board. Curiously, the match was level towards the end of the first quarter (at 34-34), when the Russians went on a tear. If they can maintain this sort of form, we expect to see them going on to even greater things at the world level, and very soon.


NEC CUP Day 4:

Second seed Russia (Andrey Gromov, Evgeny Gladysh, AlexanderDubinin, Mikhail Krasnosselski, SjoertBrink) will face third seed Mixed (Reese Milner, Hemant Lall, Sabine Auken, Roy Welland, Michael Kwiecien,Jacek Pszczola) in today’s NEC Cup final. Both teams led their semi-final matches all the way but had close calls against Australian teams in the quarter-finals. (Mixed was put to the test by Down Under, barely surviving a ferocious comeback by the Aussies, and Russia eked out a 7-imp win against Australia Youth.)
 
Semi-final (19 Apr)      Hands & Scores(pdf) (1st2nd)
Equipo M1 M2 Total
 NEDUK 20 21 41
 Russia 46 17 63
****
 Mixed 62 65 127
 USA 45 28 73

Quater Finals:

Teams M1 M2 Total
  1. NEDUK 65 18 83
  8. England 20 32 52
****
  2. Russia 53 25 78
  7. Australia Youth 35 36 71
****
  3. Mixed 40 43 83
  6. Down Under 35 38 73
****
  4. Pharon 14 32 46
  5. USA 45 45 90

NEC CUP Day 3:

At the end of Day Three, the top qualifier was NEDUK (Bakhshi, Gold, Jansma, van Prooijen) with 157.69 VPs. Russia (Gromov, Gladysh, Dubinin, Krasnosselski, Drijver, Brink) was second with 155.02, Mixed (Milner, H Lall, Auken, Welland, Kwiecien, Pszczola) was third with 154.37, and Pharon (the Hacketts+Hanlon) werefourth with 152.43. Rounding out the top eight, in descending order, were USA, Down Under, Australia Youthand England. As top qualifier NEDUK had first choice of quarter-final opponent and chose England. Second place Russia chose Australia Youth and third-place Mixed then chose Down Under, leaving Pharon to playUSA. Should NEDUK win their QF match they selected the winner of the Russia-England match as their semi-final opponent, leaving the winner of Mixed-Down Under to play the winner of Pharon-USA.

These are the qualified 8 teams:

7 NEDUK 1 157.69 143.05 14.64 14.19 7.03 15.06 15.46 19.18 12.71 19.56 5.81 3.45 17.63 12.97
12 Russia 2 155.02 141.79 13.23 15.85 12.97 17.91 1.59 16.03 13.96 4.94 11.58 17.34 18.65 10.97
8 Mixed 3 154.37 149.01 5.36 9.34 5.58 18.53 18.41 12.97 15.06 18.98 14.19 2.51 16.72 16.72
5 Pharon 4 152.43 145.14 7.29 7.03 15.66 17.77 4.54 7.03 14.64 15.06 14.19 18.98 10.33 19.91
2 USA 5 150.50 137.79 12.71 18.29 13.23 1.47 14.85 20.00 6.04 20.00 7.84 14.19 3.12 18.76
1 Down Under 6 139.97 125.33 14.64 5.81 18.53 8.42 4.94 3.97 15.66 13.23 9.03 10.33 16.88 18.53
3 Australia Youth 7 139.72 134.36 5.36 12.97 15.26 13.48 5.15 11.28 4.94 15.85 8.42 16.55 19.18 11.28
18 England 8 139.03 124.39 14.64 4.15 14.42 4.94 15.06 15.06 15.46 15.06 6.28 9.34 10.66 13.96
All results Click Here                
 
 

NEC CUP Day 2:

At the end of Day Two, the top qualifiers are still all foreign teams led by Mixed (Milner, H Lall, Auken, Welland, Kwiecien, Pszczola) with 115.56 VPs. (At least the scores are starting to look more normal.) About 9 VPs back is perennial NEC contender NEDUK (Bakhshi, Gold, Jansma, van Prooijen) followed about 2 VPs back by USA (Cheek, Grue, J Lall, Del’Monte) and a fraction behind them by Pharon (the Hacketts+Hanlon), yesterday’s leader. Rounding out the top eight are England, NAITO (the only Japanese squad among the present teams in qualifying position), Italy Lavazza and PolUS. 

First 8 teams are:

Rank Team VPs
1 Mixed.. . . . . . . . . . 115.56
2 NEDUK. . . . . . . . . 106.77
3 USA.. . . . . . . . . . . 104.80
4 Pharon.. . . . . . . . . 104.68
5 England. . . . . . . . . 100.88
6 NAITO. . . . . . . . . . 99.41
7 Italy Lavazza. . . . . 98.92
8 PolUS. . . . . . . . . . 95.84

All results Click Here

NEC CUP Day 1:

After the first 4 rounds RR of the three-day Swiss Teams qualifier, in the first position is the Team Pharon (Paul Hackett, Tom Hanlon, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett), second Team Russia (Andrey Gromov, Evgeny Gladysh, Alexander Dubinin, Mikhail Krasnosselski, Sebastiaan Drijver, Sjoert Brink), and third Australia Youth (Justin Howard, Peter Hollands, Michael Whibley, Liam Milne). All positions click here

Tournament Details: Hosted by Japan Contract Bridge League, at the Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama City, Japan

NEC CUP: Open Teams 
Fees: US$600 per team including participation in Yokohama IMP Pairs, Yokohama Swiss Teams (if eliminated), Asuka Cup and Closing Ceremony.
Cash Prizes: 1st US$12,000, 2nd US$6,000, 3rd/4th tie US$3,000 per team

YOKOHAMA IMP PAIRS: Open pairs
Cash Prizes: 1st US$500, 2nd US$300, 3rd US$100

YOKOHAMA SWISS TEAMS: Open teams
Cash Prizes: 1st US$1,000, 2nd US$500, 3rd US$300 per team

ASUKA CUP: Open pairs
Cash Prizes: 1st US$1,000, 2nd US$500, 3rd US$300, 4th US$200, 5th US$100

International Participating Teams ( All the Teams )

TEAMS

PLAYERS

Down Under Sartaj Hans, Tony Nunn, Peter Gill, Martin Reid, Peter Newell
USA Curtis Cheek, Joe Grue, Joel Wooldridge, Johnny Hurd, Justin Lall, Ishmael Del’Monte
Australia Youth Justin Howard, Peter Hollands, Michael Whibley, Liam Milne
India Subhash Gupta, Arun Jain, Manas Mukherji, Sumit Mukherji, Subir Majumdar, Debrata Majumdar
Pharon Paul Hackett, Tom Hanlon, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett
Italy Norberto Bocchi, Giorgio Duboin, Guido Ferraro, Agustin Madala, Antonio Sementa, Maria Teresa Lavazza
NEDUK David Bakshi, David Gold, Jan Jansma, Ricco van Prooijen
Mixed Reese Milner, Heamont Lall, Sabine Auken, Roy Welland, Michael Kwiecien, Jacek Pszczola
Indonesia Senior Munawar Sawiruddin, Michael Bambang Hartono, Donald Gustaaf Tuerah, Bert Toar Polii, Memed Hendrawan, Mochamad Apin Nurhalim
Oz Players Ron Klinger, Matt Mullamphy, Bill Jacobs, Ben Thompson
Israel Michael Nowsadzki, Dominik Fillipaiicz, Jacek Kalita, Jessica Piafsky
Yeh Bros Chen Yeh(captain), JY Shih, Dawei Chen, Kazuo Furuta, Patrick Huang, Grace Lin
Russia Andrey Gromov, Evgeny Gladysh, Alexander Dubinin, Mikhail Krasnosselski, Sebastiaan Drijver, Sjoert Brink
Beauchamp Bruce Neill, Kim Morrison, Nathan van Jole, David Beauchamp, Michael Ware, Simon Hinge
Australia/India Magnus Moren, Neville Francis, Pranjal Chakradeo, Ajit Chakradeo
Hammer Sung Kyunghae, Hwang Iynryung, Chung Ilsub, Yang Sungae
All Bulgarian Stars Valio Kovachev, Vladislav isporski, Hristo hristov, Manol Iliev
Thailand/Japan Nophanai Niyomchoke, Arnond Rotrugsa, Tomohiro Kiyama, Tadahiro Kikuchi
England Sandra Penfold, Brian Senior, Nevena Senior, Roumen Trendafilov

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