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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