World Bridge Games Gold for US Women & Seniors
Congratulations to the USBF Women's & Senior teams who won gold medals in the 2016 World Bridge Games in Wroclaw, Poland.
The Women's team: Lynn Deas, Beth Palmer, Kerri Sanborn, Janice Seamon-Molson, Sylvia Shi, and Tobi Sokolow, with David Sokolow as NPC, finished the Round Robin in second place in their group, and went on to win all of their KO matches by substantial margins (91 IMPs in the Round of 16, 35 in the Quarterfinals, 29 in the Semifinals and an impressive 74 over France in the Finals). The team dedicated their win to Juanita Chambers, who was on the team for the Women's USBC, but died before this event took place.
Receiving their medals: Kerri Sanborn, Tobi Sokolow, Janice Seamon-Molson, Lynn Deas, Beth Palmer, Sylvia Shi
The Senior team: Bob Hamman, Hemant Lall, Zia Mahmood, Chip Martel, Jeff Meckstroth, and Reese Milner, with Petra Hamman as NPC and Jacek ("Pepsi") Pszczola as coach, finished the Round Robin in first place, won their Round of 16 match by 172, their Quarterfinal match by 30, their Semifinal match by 92 and their Final match (also against France) by 38.
Receiving their medals: Reese Milner, Jeff Meckstroth, Petra Hamman, Hemant Lall, Bob Hamman, Chip Martel, Pepsi Pszczcola, Zia Mahmood
The USBF Mixed team (Brad Moss, Sylvia Moss, Alex Ornstein, Sue Picus, Michael Seamon, and Sheri Winestock, with Philip Alder as NPC, finished in fourth place.
The USBF Open team (Kevin Bathurst, John Diamond, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson, Justin Lall, and Brian Platnick, with NPC Oren Kriegel) lost a contentious match to Spain in the Round of sixteen.
Congratulations to all of our teams in Wroclaw!
If you're wondering about the shopping bags in the player's hands, those contain a gift of Polish sausage :-)
Martel to Replace Lair on Senior Team for 2016 World Bridge Games
Mark Lair has withdrawn from the Senior Team that won the Senior USBC and was nominated to represent the USBF in the 2016 World Bridge Series in Wroclaw, Poland. In accordance with USBF General Conditions of Contest requirements when a player withdraws, the USBF Credentials Committee and USBF Board have reaffirmed the nomination of the remaining members of the team as the USA team for the Senior Teams in Wroclaw and have also approved the team's request to add Chip Martel to the team, to play with Bob Hamman.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU and to our other teams in Wroclaw!
Bob Hamman, Reese Milner, Petra Hamman (NPC), Jeff Meckstroth, Hemant Lall, Mark Lair, Zia Mahmood
Nominating Committee Seeks Applicants for USBF Board
USBF Nominating Committee Chair Robb Gordon has announced that the Nominating Committee is now taking applications from USBF Active members who want to be considered for nomination to the USBF Board.
There are 3 open seats on the 7 member USBF Board for the 3-year term commencing January 1, 2017.
The USBF Bylaws provide that a nominee must be an Active member of the USBF, having paid dues for 2016.
Any Active USBF member who is not nominated by the Nominating Committee can become a nominee by followiong the petition method set forth in the USBF Bylaws.