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Wolverines Trump Tigers

The University of Michigan prevailed over Princeton by a margin equivalent to a single basket at the 2006 Collegiate Bridge Championship, winning 56-54.

The event was a highlight of the 10-day North American Bridge Championship under way in Chicago. The tournament continues through July 23.

Winning Wolverines were Kevin Fay, Ilya Podolyako, Jeremy Vosko and Jonathan Zimbler.

Fay, 21, is a resident of Ann Arbor and a senior majoring in biophysics, biochemistry and microbiology. His father, Bill, is chief of cardiology at the University of Missouri, and his mother, Carol, is a nurse.

Padolyako, 21, lives in West Bloomfield. He is a 2006 graduate in economics, honors psychology and linguistics. He was involved in Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity and the Hillel. His parents, Olga and Oleg, are computer consultants.

Vosko, 22, is from West Bloomfield. He graduated in 2006 in industrial and operations engineering and is working as a derivatives trader in Chicago and London. His father, Stephen is a dentist, and his father and mother, Nancy, own a video store.

Zimbler, 22, of Winnectica, Ill., is a 2006 graduate in actuarial mathematics and economics. His father, Jay is an attorney, and his mother, Idyth, is head of the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet school.

The Wolverines were one of 30 university teams that competed in an online qualifying event. Eight qualified for a free trip to the finals in Chicago.

The Chicago tournament is one of three annual 10-day championships sponsored by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). It will draw 7,000 players at all levels from every state and dozens of foreign countries competing in as many as 30 different events a day.