We enjoy nice meals, great conversations, and good camaraderie. Anyone who has stayed with us in Seattle, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago, etc. can attest to the value of a communal NABC experience, particularly if you want to improve your game discussing best practices and how to avoid inevitable disasters.
It's a 5' stroll to the playing site and right on the 16th St. mall.
Cost will be between $65-$80/night depending on whether we have 5 or 6 persons sharing the space.
Email Mike at email@example.com if you have questions.
If you've never attended a North American Bridge Championship (aka "the Nationals") - then you should consider doing so. Whether you are an elite champion, a solid player or a newbie - there are events with your peers in which to compete, tons of hospitality and stars to kibitz. A number of Minnesotans headed south to Chicago the last couple of weeks, competing against players from literally all over the world.
Paul Meerschaert was one of those players. Most fortuitously for your blog master, Paul wrote a great write up of some excellent achievements and near misses by Minnesotans in the Windy City. As I've had a heavy schedule lately myself and always appreciate Paul's perspective, his report below is most welcome.
A few notes, though. First, Paul downplays his achievements - as always! He's a tough competitor and no one should take him for granted at the table. I also might note that his Spingold team, succumbing to the Tulin team in the round of 64 by a mere 2 IMPS, is quite the performance. Tulin went on to soundly thrash the Nickell team the next day; enough said!
Also, a newcomer to the Minnesota area, Zizhou Wang, made it to the Round of 16 in the Spingold, losing by a modest margin to, once again, the Tulin team. Very impressive!
If you had an accomplishment in Chicago that we should be sharing, please let us know! Email Peg at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to let the world know!
Now - on to Paul's great round up of people, placings and hands from Chicago. Well done, all!
Congratulations to the winners of the Tuesday-Wednesday KO Bracket 7: Jane Trahms, Shelly Husebo, Cindy Moat and Kay Johnson.
With a new team and partnerships, they went all the way to the top! After their success at the table, they celebrated with lunch at Bellagio. You can see their smiling faces and a smidge of their delicious meal above.
One of the most prestigious events on the calendar began Tuesday: the Blue Ribbon Pairs. Six sessions long, played against the best in the world - doing well in this event is a feather in anyone's cap.
Those qualifying from Minnesota included Jin Liu and Zizhuo Wang along with Barry Purrington and Mike Cassel.
In the 0-5000 Blue Ribbon Pairs, the pairs of Carol Rynders-Jill Flader, Scott Hiller-Patti Stuhlman and Wayne Gergen-J Williams will be playing the second day.
No exciting results to report yet from our Minnesota players. But - Mike Cassel and Barry Purrington did make it to day #2 of the Open Pairs. Here they are, fighting away against a tough field.
UPDATE! As you will note from Stephen Jackson's comment below, Roger Anderson and his partner also competed in the finals. Your Editor hadn't made it through the 350+ photos she took that day when first posting.
Roger's smile is now here - and - well done, Mike, Barry and Roger!
Nine years ago, two Minnesotans won the Senior KO Teams at the Fall NABC. If you think the word "senior" means that this isn't a tough event; guess again. Tony Ames and John Koch, along with Rod Beery and Mary Egan, vanquished several top notch teams to enter the winners' circle. Today, you can read about their and other victories at ACBL.com.
Thursday, the 2013 Fall NABC begins in Phoenix. To those of our competitors who are heading southwest, we wish you bon chance! Even if you can't make it to the nationals, though, please enjoy following the exploits of our players either in Daily Bulletins or online at Bridgebase!
For those who were among the thousands who logged onto BridgeBase for the finals of the Vanderbilt, you know just how thrilling that match was.
For the rest of us - and for those who would like to review the excitement that they watched - Mike Cassel has kindly written up some of the more fascinating hands from the last day of St. Louis' most prestigious event.
Our thanks to Mike for his analysis, and to the Auken and Prooijen teams for their spectacular play. Special congratulations, too, to the Auken team for an amazing win playing four-handed and besting so many exceptional teams!
A new NABC event is underway in St. Louis - the 0-10,000 Swiss. As I am sure all know, there are some most talented players out there who for various reasons have not built up a gigantic tally of masterpoints. After Day One of qualification, they are competing in this new team event.
Lots of Minnesotans made it through - including the team of Bob Balderson, Kurt Schaeffer, Tom Holzer and Rick Ekstrom, whose score put them in 2nd place with lots of carryover. Also competing are these teams:
Mike Cassel, Barry Purrington, John Koch and Terry Beckman
Tony Ames, Judy Nassar, Bruce Boje and Terry Lijewski
Peg Waller, Ron DeHarpporte, Jay Baum and Kathy Baum
Grant Broadwine, Ann Van Ryn, Pat Burrows, Carol Cummings
Needless to say, we wish them all the best of luck in the virgin voyage of 0-10K Swiss!
The "desperate" part is an overbid by your blogmaster!
The real deal is that Mike Cassel and his frequent NABC partner, Andy Kaufman, are looking for good teammates for the Jacoby Swiss at the end of the Spring NABC in St. Louis.
Mike and Andy have done well previously. In Philadelphia, they were 20th in the Roth Swiss.
If you'd like to join their partnership and bump them up in the standings, contact Mike at email@example.com.
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