Two of Minnesota's top players, Paul Meerschaert and Rob Schacter, had a dazzling run at the Philadelphia Nationals!
They began with a fabulous first session in the ACBL's toughest pair competition: the Platinum Pairs. With a little above average in the evening, they entered the 2nd day 9th on the list of qualifiers. With their hefty carryover, about average on Saturday meant they would make it to the final day. While they were a little under average, just making it to the third day of this "every trick matters" event is a fine accomplishment! Many world class pairs fail to make it past Day One.
For their next hat trick, the duo entered the Vanderbilt, along with teammates Mike Cassel and AndyKaufman. After advancing to the second day, they played a team you may recognize: John Diamond, Brian Platnick, Boye Brogeland and Espen Lindqvist. Team Cassel was ahead after both the 1st 2 sets, and only behind by 6 after 3 sets.
Alas; at the final bell, Team Diamond prevailed by 14 IMPS. Nevertheless, an excellent performance against a world class team.
After a non-descript regional pairs, Paul and Rob again ramped up their winning ways in the Silidor Pairs. A healthy almost 55% was followed by an enormous 64.38% game!
Day #2 of the Silidor was even better! Over 58% was scored in the afternoon; over 60% at night! When the smoke had cleared, Rob and Paul had secured 2nd place in the Silidor! For the masterpoint counters among us, that achievement earned the duo 93.75 masterpoints and their names and faces up in lights in the Daily Bulletin.
But - our Twin City dynamos were not done yet!
Their last two days were the NABC+ Fast Pairs. You must complete two boards within 10 minutes - or suffer automatic penalties. Paul and Rob did this handsomely Day #1 - earning a 63.39% the first session and almost 55% at night. After all this high level bridge, the second day was not their best. Nevertheless, they made the overalls of yet another event to end an incredible run.
Earning over 146 (!!) masterpoints put Rob and Paul high up on the overall masterpoint list. And, the points that they earned were enough to make Paul our 5th Platinum Life Master in Minnesota!
Applause to two of our state's finest players - and two of our nicest - for their impressive achievements! We couldn't be happier for you - nor more proud!
Please note; all the above photos were taken during the Platinum Pairs. Your webmaster was attempting to play herself in Philadelphia and thus missed shots of Rob and Paul's other event achievements.