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Wernher and Senior Swiss Winners

Kovachev–Rosenbaum win Wernher

The Chicago-based duo of Valentin Kovachev and Lynne Rosenbaum put together four solid sessions in the Wernher Open Pairs to win the contest by more than a board. This is the first NABC title for both players.

In second were Larry Sealy of Huntsville AL and Jim Foster of Birmingham AL.

Kovachev and Rosenbaum won Tuesday’s qualifying round, and in Wednesday’s final, they posted scores of 56.37% and 60.55% in the morning and afternoon sessions to clinch the win.

“It’s not easy to play with me,” said Kovachev, praising his partner. “I took all the risky actions that didn’t work out. She was terrific.” Rosenbaum is a retired businesswoman. Kovachev, who has represented his native Bulgaria in international contests, immigrated to the U.S. in 2004. He is not technically a Life Master — he has not met the black-point requirement.

In third were Nashville-area players Terry Spector and Bryan Howard.

Adams gets an A in Senior Swiss

The squad captained by Dee Adams overtook Ed White’s team in the final round of the Truscott/U.S. Playing Card Senior Swiss Teams to win the contest by 5.41 victory points.

Adams, of Memphis TN, played with Al Stone, also of Memphis, and Fred Hamilton of Palm Desert CA, Mark Itabashi of Murrieta CA, Dan Morse of Houston TX and John Sutherlin of Dallas TX. With the victory, Adams became a Grand Life Master. It is also the first NABC title for Stone.

The other members of the squad have multiple NABC wins. This is the second national win for Itabashi here in Atlanta — he won the von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs on Sunday.

White, of Grand Blanc MI, played with Cam Doner of Richmond BC, and Polish players Jan Zadroga and Kazimierz Omernik. White was in first place going into the final round, leading second-place Adams by 14 VPs. The two squads met in the final, but White suffered a near-blitz allowing Adams to claim the title.