Fraiday, March 20, 2015
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8th Day: Vanderbilt enters quarterfinal stage
Vanderbilt results in Bridgewinners, at the end of each set
The team known as Assael, honoring a late Turkish bridge player, staged a huge rally in the fourth quarter against the Mark Gordon team to make it to the quarterfinal round of the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams. Trailing 131-82 after three quarters, Team Assael outscored their opponents 63-3 in the final set for the 145-134 win.
The team is named in honor of Salvador Assael, who died of a heart attack during the world championships in Lille, France, in 2012. Assael and Nafiz Zorlu won the Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs in 2001. Team Assael is Mustafa Cem Tokay of Istanbul, Antonio Sementa, Parma, Italy, and Josef Piekarek and Alexander Smirnov, both of Germany. Their next opponents are Team Monaco. There was not as much drama in most of the other round-of-16 matches, the closest other matches being Martin Fleisher’s 124-106 defeat of Rose Meltzer and Connie Goldberg’s 123-103 win over Carolyn Lynch. Today’s other matchups, by captain, are John Diamond versus Bas Drijver, Connie Goldberg versus Martin Fleisher and James Cayne versus Team Lavazza.
Round of 16 Vanderbilt results:
Vanderbilt; Today Pairings
Vanderbilt KO Teams action, photos by Jerry Lee
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Friedland, Dahl ahead in Silodor Open Pairs
Riding a 71.76% game in the second qualifying session, Peter Friedland, Cupertino Ca, and Mark Dahl, Richmond VA, lead the field going into today’s two final sessions of the Silodor Open Pairs. Their carryover of 360 put them 73.9 matchpoints ahead of the second-place pair, Larry Sealy, Huntsville AL, and Jim Munday, Southaven MS. In third place with 270.49 are Alexander Ornstein, New York City, and Zygmunt Marcinski, Westmount QC.
Sanborn, Kratenstein leading Women’s Pairs
With a carryover score of 54 matchpoints, Kerri Sanborn and Rhoda Kratenstein of Delray Beach FL will start play today in the Smith Life Master Women’s Pairs with a lead of 13.31 matchpoints on a top of 27. In second place with going into the two final sessions are Sondra Schubiner, Franklin MI, and Sandrea Friedman, Flushing NY, with a carryover of 40.69. Gail Greenberg and Sue Picus of New York City stand third with 33.22. Right behind them are Wenfei Wang and Shen Qi of China, with 32.19.