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Strul, Nickell in USBC Final

Teams captained by Aubrey Strul and Nick Nickell do battle today in the final of the United States Bridge Championship. The winner will earn the right to represent the U.S. in the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, China, starting Oct. 3. They will compete in the event formerly known as the World Bridge Team Olympiad.

The USBC, being played in Palm Beach Gardens FL, will conclude on Friday.

In the semifinal round, Strul (Mike Becker, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Larry Cohen and David Berkowitz) defeated the George Jacobs squad 267-214. Nickell (Richard Freeman, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Bob Hamman and Chris Compton) took out Roy Welland 245-209.

Jacobs played with Ralph Katz, Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Bobby Levin and Steve Weinstein. Welland's teammates were Chris Willenken, Steve Garner and Howard Weinstein.