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Kranyak Claims USA1 Spot

Over the last two weeks, players have been competing to earn a place to represent the United States at the 2013 Bermuda Bowl, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia from September 16ľ19.

On Sunday, June 9, playing four-handed, the Kranyak squad (John Kranyak, Gavin Wolpert, Kevin Bathurst and Kevin Dwyer) defeated the top seeded Diamond, Nickell and Fleisher teams with ease on their way to winning the USA1 spot.

Kranyak has been playing professionally for 12 years. He won the Rockwell Mixed Pairs with his late mother in 2005. He was also a member of three world championship Junior teams and one bronze-medal winning team.

Wolpert, a full-time professional bridge player and instructor, has five previous North American Championship titles to his credit. Wolpert represented Canada in the Bermuda Bowl in 2003 and in the World Junior Team Championships in 2005 when he won a bronze medal.

Bathurst, the oldest member of the team at age 34, is also a bridge professional. He won silver at the 2011 Bermuda Bowl as a member of the USA2 squad and was a bronze medalist at the 2003 World Junior Team Championships.

Dwyer, the youngest member at age 25, won his first North American Championship earlier this year at the spring NABC. He has represented the U.S. as a member of five Junior teams.

The Kranyak squad will add a pair for the Bermuda Bowl.

The USA2 spot will be determined on Monday, June 10, between the Nickell squad and Fleisher squad.

To view information on the matches, visit www.usbf.org.

To watch the finals on Monday, June 10, go to www.bridgebase.com.