Most Teams Now Set for Shanghai
With the victory by the Nick Nickell team in the final of the United States Bridge Championship, all the U.S. teams are set for the World Bridge Championships, scheduled for Shanghai, China, this fall.
Nickell defeated the Russ Ekeblad team 271-225 to become the second U.S. team in the Bermuda Bowl. The George Jacobs squad earned the first berth last year.
The United States Women's Bridge Championship was concluded earlier in the week. Teams captained by Hansa Narasimhan and Shawn Quinn earned the first and second spots, respectively, in the Venice Cup.
Here are the U.S. teams that will compete in Shanghai.
No. 1 – George Jacobs, Ralph Katz, Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Howard Weinstein, Steve Garner.
No. 2 – Nick Nickell, Richard Freeman, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Bob Hamman, Paul Soloway.
No. 1 – Hansa Narasimhan, Irina Levitina, Jill Meyers, Jill Levin, Debbie Rosenberg, JoAnna Stansby.
No. 2 – Shawn Quinn, Hjordis Eythorsdottir, Sue Picus, Rozanne Pollack. This team likely will add another pair for the World Championships.
Other ACBL teams for Shanghai still must be determined in Senior U.S. team trials later this year and by a playoff between open and women's teams from Canada and Mexico. Canada's representative to the Senior Bowl (the John Carruthers squad) has already been determined.