In the round of 16, Bob Hamman’s team, originally the No. 18 seed, staged a late rally to narrowly beat the No. 2 Nick Nickell squad 118-115. Halfway through the match, Hamman was down 42 IMPs.
Team Grue, captained by Brad Moss, prevailed against Pan Red China, led by Ze Jun Zhuang 144-101. Down 85 IMPs at halftime, the Chinese squad won the third quarter of the match 59-1 to close the gap. Pan Red China had knocked off the defending champions in the previous round.
The only original top 10 seeds remaining in the Spingold are No.4 Monaco, No. 8 Team Lavazza and No. 10 Team Assael. Rose Meltzer’s squad is the lowest original seed (No. 22).
In an all-California final, the squad led by Om Chokriwala will take on Mary Ose’s in the Mini-Spingold II (0-1500) KO Teams.
Both finalists pounded their respective semifinal opponents in yesterday’s action. Chokriwala defeated Richard Hill’s Michigan-based squad 141-58 in three quarters, while Ose took the measure of Jon Lusk’s team 152-44 in just two quarters.
Vincent Demuy of Palm Beach Gardens FL and John Kranyak of Las Vegas posted the best score in Thursday’s opening round of the NABC Fast Pairs. The leaders scored 64.5% in the first qualifying session and 58% in the second. Their carryover for today’s two-session final is 308.
In second with a carryover of 303.55 are Emory Whitaker of Macon GA and Olin Hubert of Atlanta.
The squad captained by Debbie Rosenberg scored 37.5 wins in the opening round of the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams to lead today’s field of 66 qualifiers. Rosenberg scored 18 in the afternoon session, then tacked on 19.5 in the evening. Their carryover for today’s two-session final is 5.
In second place is David Berkowitz’s team with 35 wins in qualifying round. Their carryover is 3.86.
The semifinal round of the Mini-Spingold I (0-5000) KO Teams gets underway today. In one bracket, Wenbo Zhang’s Toronto-based team faces Howard Einberg and company. In the other bracket, Mark Freidlander’s Chicago-area squad battles Michael Fleisher’s team.
In the semifinal, Zhang won a close match against Matt Leung’s squad 103-89, while Einberg had an easy time with Janice Randles’s team, 174-65. Fleisher trailed the team led by Daniel Williams by 34 IMPs at the half, but rallied to win 157-116. Friedlander trailed slightly for most of its match against Edmund Wu, but came alive in the fourth set to win 144-117.