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March 28th, 2014: Diamond, Hampson romp in Silodor Open Pairs
John Diamond and Geoff Hampson started the day on Friday in fourth place in the Silodor Open Pairs. They wasted little time in roaring into the lead, then cruised to the championship with two 66% games.
On a 64 top, their margin of victory over runners-up Zach Grossack and Richard Budd was 4.34 boards. Diamond was captain of the No. 3 seed in the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams. The team – Hampson, Brian Platnick and Eric Greco – lost on the second day of play. Platnick and Greco finished 13th in the Silodor. The Diamond team – with Fred Gitelman and Brad Moss – won the Rosenblum Cup at the World Bridge Championships in Philadelphia in 2010.
Chinese duo run away With Women’s Pairs
The relatively new partnership of Wang Wenfei and Ran Jingron had a sizzling 66.77% game in the first final session of the Whitehead Women’s Pairs and followed it with 58.31% to win the event by more than three boards.
Second place went to Kitty Cooper and Lynne Feldman. The winners finished with a total score of 850.07 (25 top) was 85.33 matchpoints ahead of the runnersup. The winners, from China, have played together about two months. They played in the invitational NEC tournament in Japan earlier this year but did not score well. They are both members of the Chinese women’s team . In the Women’s Pairs, they started the day tied for 13th, well off the pace, but had the monster game in the first final session to surge into first.
Semifinals set in Vanderbilt KO
Top seed Team Monaco will face No. 5 Carolyn Lynch in the semifinal round of the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams. In the other match, No. 2 Nick Nickell will go head to head with the Mark Gordon squad. Monaco has played four handed because of the departure of captain Pierre Zimmermann because of a family emergency. Despite that handicap, the team had an easy time against the Andrew Gromov squad, winning 150-56. Lynch, Monaco’s semifinal opponent, earned the spot by dispatching No. 4 Martin Fleisher 142-103. No. 2 Nickell led throughout against the Jim Mahaffey (npc) squad in a 156-85 win. No. 6 Gordon, originally seeded 11th, toppled the Paul Fireman team 162-137. The event concludes on Sunday.
2014 Vanderbilt Scoreboard, QF Results:
2014 Vanderbilt Semifinals Pairings:
Texans squeak out Red Ribbon win
By the merest margin, Michael Miedema of Hockley TX and Ted Bain from Houston TX emerged victorious in the Bean Red Ribbon Pairs. They needed every bit of their 67% evening session Their 1233.12 (38 top) was but 2.85 points ahead of the second-place finishers – less than one twelfth of a board!
The runners up, Erli Zhou from Menlo Park CA and Zhou Wang from Philadelphia PA, hoped their 64.50% second final session would be enough to slide into the top spot. It wasn’t. There was considerable separation between the top two pairs and third place. Andrew Clements from La Vista NE and Jonathan Cohn from Omaha NE finished almost two boards out.
Open Swiss Teams begin play today: The Open Swiss Teams begin play today with the Jacoby Trophy going to the winners. This is a four session event with two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.
2009 Bob Hamman, Zia Mahmood, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell
2010 John Diamond, Brian Platnick, Brad Moss, Fred Gitleman, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson
2011 Greg Hinze, Dan Morse, Jacob Morgan, Michael Polowan, Steve Shirey, David Yang
2012 Gaylor Kasle, Larry Kozlove, Peter Boyd, Steve Robinson, Fred Stewart, Kit Woolsey
2013 Richard Schwartz, Allan Graves, Jon Baldursson, Thorlakur Jonsson, Espen Lindqvist, Boye Brogeland