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Fleisher, Robinson Leading in USA 1 Semifinal Round

Teams captained by Martin Fleisher and Steve Robinson were in the lead in their respective USA 1 semifinal matches. The winners will play for a chance to be USA 1 in the Bermuda Bowl in Sao Paulo, Brazil, starting Aug. 29.

A second competition is under way to select an opponent for the losing finalist in the USA 1 competition. The USA 2 segment of the United States Bridge Championship is now in the semifinal stage. Today’s matchups, by captain, are Melih Ozdil versus Aubrey Strul and Gary Cohler versus George Jacobs.

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

In the USA 1 semifinal, Fleisher leads the Nick Nickell team 148-80. Robinson has a 143-112 lead over Roy Welland.

In the USA 2 quarterfinals, Ozdil defeated John Diamond 145-131; Jacobs ousted Bruce Rogoff 152-122; Cohler edged Rose Meltzer 128-125, and Strul clobbered Daniel Nussbaum 170-66.

More information is available at www.usbf.org. Selected matches can be viewed live at Bridge Base Online.