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Two Close Matches in USBF Semifinal Round

Teams captained by Aubrey Strul and Nick Nickell held narrow leads with 60 deals to play in the semifinal round of the United States Bridge Championship, the tournament being played in Florida to determine a U.S. representative to the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, China, starting Oct. 3.

After 60 boards on Tuesday, Strul led George Jacobs 151-128. Nickell held a 140-116 lead over Roy Welland.

The tournament is being played in Palm Beach Gardens FL. The final will begin tomorrow and conclude on Friday.

These are the lineups:

Strul, Mike Becker, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, David Berkowitz and Larry Cohen.
Jacobs, Ralph Katz, Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Steve Weinstein and Bobby Levin.
Nickell, Richard Freeman, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Bob Hamman and Chris Compton.
Welland, Chris Willenken, Steve Garner and Howard Weinstein.