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Mark Jones and Doug Wagner Win
ACBL-Wide Instant Matchpoint Game
|At hundreds of sites across North America players participated in ACBL's 17th Annual Instant Matchpoint Game on Wednesday, Sept. 10. At stake were gold point awards for those who topped their sections at local clubs.
Information about overall winners may be found at ACBL's web site at www.acbl.org [http://web2.acbl.org/specialevents/instantmatchpointgame.htm].
The deals were analyzed and scored by expert Richard Pavlicek. A recap of all 36 deals with analyses may be found at Pavlicek's web site at www.rpbridge.net. Follow the links to the 2003 Instant Matchpoint Game. [http://www.rpbridge.net/8t05.htm]
|Mark Jones & Doug Wagner|
Douglas Wagner and Mark Jones topped the North-South field by posting a 74.58% game at the Birmingham Duplicate Bridge Club. Wagner, an IT system architect for Bell South, and Jones, a program analyst for the Social Security Administration, were pleased with their victory, but they're not very interested in talking about themselves. They prefer telling anyone who'll listen about what a great place the Birmingham DBC is.
"After surviving a financial catastrophe in 1999, the club relocated and then rebounded by starting an Easybridge! program that drew in dozens of new players. The new club is really an exciting place," said Wagner, who also praised the efforts of club manager Carolyn Neyman.
On the evening of the contest, Wagner and Jones knew they were having a huge game. After 23 boards of play, they calculated their score to be 1695 (top = 100). A big score on the last deal of the evening would certainly put them in contention to win the whole thing. This explains Wagner's aggressive view on this deal:
Despite the meager values of the ,'North hand, Wagner invoked Stayman and bid game after the heart fit was revealed.
[Article excerpted from ACBL Bridge Bulletin, December, 2003]