In 2004, Tony Ames and John Koch, along with Rod Beery and Mary Egan, entered the NABC Baze Senior KO Teams. For those who see the word "senior" and think that this means the event is a walk in the park - think again. When you see names like Bobby Wolff, Dan Morse, Fred Hamilton, John Sutherlin and others - you appreciate that you must play some pretty tough bridge to survive.
And "survive" their team did. Despite playing on a four man team (which can be most fatiguing) and facing superb competition - at the end of the event, Tony, John, Rod and Mary were in the winner's circle.
In today's Koch Korner column, John details a difficult hand that Tony played against two world champions: John Shermer and Neil Chambers. (By the way, this same pair will be representing the United States in the coming days in Bali on USA1 in the Senior Knockouts. Be sure to kibitz some of the action on Bridgebase!)
Had Tony not declared as magnificently as he had, John might not have written today's column. But - Tony did, and thus John did - and we are the benefactors of enjoying such fine play!