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Cedric Lorenzini Claims 2015 Player of the Year Title

Fueled by victories in two of the three toughest matchpoint events on the NABC calendar, Cedric Lorenzini is the ACBL’s 2015 Player of the Year. The Parisian is the first member from outside the U.S. to win the title and at 26 years old, he is also the youngest.

The award recognizes the player who wins the most platinum points over the course of a calendar year. Platinum points are available only in national­ly-rated events at NABCs.

Lorenzini, with 690.30 platinum points, outpaced Eric Greco, who finished second with 679.97.

Lorenzini’s first-­ever NABC win was the Platinum Pairs last spring playing with Thomas Bessis. He and partner Jean-Christophe Quantin followed that up with a victory in the von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs in Chicago, and he led the POTY field going into the Fall NABC. He secured the race on the final day of the Denver tournament with a sixth­-place finish in the Reisinger worth 80 points.

Lorenzini, who holds a doctorate in polymer chemistry, has chosen to put a career in science on hold for the time being while he plays bridge professionally. In 2016, he will be playing with Jean-Christophe Quantin on the STREET team (Paul Street, Nicholas L’Ecuyer, Thomas Bessis, and Frédéric Volcker). As a member of the French national team, he is competing for a berth in the 2017 Bermuda Bowl.

From everyone at Bridge Winners, félicitations, Cedric!

 

2015 Player of the Year

Top 10

Cedric Lorenzini  690.30
Eric Greco            679.97
Zia Mahmood      635.03
Geoff Hampson   621.09
Giorgio Duboin    575.91
John Hurd            555.19
Joe Grue              550.94
Eric Rodwell         549.92
Thomas Bessis     542.21
David Berkowitz   520.18

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