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USBC Now in Semifinals

The semfinal round of the United States Bridge Championship starts today alongside a separate competition to produce an opponent for the losing finalist. The winner of the USBC will be USA 1 for the Bermuda Bowl in Sao Paulo, Brazil, starting Aug. 29. The losing finalist will have a second chance to go to Brazil as USA 2.

The tournament is being run by the United States Bridge Federation in White Plains NY.

The semifinal matchups in the USA 1 competition, by captain, are Nick Nickell versus Martin Fleisher and Roy Welland versus Steve Robinson. In the USA 2 competition, the matchups are Melih Ozdil - John Diamond, Bruce Rogoff - George Jacobs, Rose Meltzer - Gary Cohler and Daniel Nussbaum - Aubrey Strul.

The winner of the USA 2 segment will play the losing finalist for a berth in the world championship.

More information is available at www.usbf.org. Some matches are broadcast live on Bridge Base Online.