USBC in Semifinal Round
Teams captained by Nick Nickell, John Diamond, Reese Milner and Roger Lee begin play today in the semifinal round of the United States Bridge Championship. The winner of the tournament, which concludes on Sunday, will represent the United States in the bridge competition of the 2nd World Mind Sports Games, scheduled for Aug. 9 -23 in Lille, France. Other games are chess, xiang qi (Chinese chess), go and draughts (checkers).
Matchups for today, by captain, are Nickell versus Milner and Diamond versus Lee.
The top-seeded Nickell team had to rally from a 58-IMP halftime deficit against the Warren Spector squad. Trailing 153-95, Nickell won the second half of the 120-board match 153-60 to prevail 248-213.
The Lee team, playing four-handed, knocked off the Martin Fleisher squad that was USA 1 in last year's Bermuda Bowl. Lee expanded on a slim halftime lead to win with relative ease 282-218.
There were withdrawals in the other two quarterfinal contests. George Jacobs resigned with a set to go trailing Diamond 281-176, and Jim Mahaffey withdrew, also with a set to play, behind by 228-143.
The event, organized by the United States Bridge Federation, is being played in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg.