James Melville and Vladislav Isporski, in second place with a round to go, took advantage of the chance to play the first-place pair, scoring well enough to change places with them, winning the 0-10K Fast Pairs by X matchpoints.
Second place went to Christina Van Leeuwen and David McRae of Media PA. The masterpoints McRae earned in the event made him a Gold Life Master.
Melville, of Springfield IL, is a retired insurance company executive. Isporski owns a scrap metal company in his hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also chief executive of the Bulgarian Bridge Federation. He and Melville have played together occasionally for about two years.
At the start of play on Friday, the winners were in 13th place, but two solid games helped them.