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Junior US Bridge Championships

The Junior United States Bridge Championships (JUSBC) took place Dec 31-Jan 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. In the under-26 category, Kaplan (Adam Kaplan–Zach Brescoll, Adam Grossack-Zach Grossack, Marius Agica–Owen Lien) won a close, hard-fought match against Wang (Zhou “Jimmy” Wang–Erli Zhou, Edmund Wu–William Zhu) to become USA1 for the 15th World Youth Team Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, August 2014. In the playoff for USA2 U26, Wang overcame a first-quarter deficit to defeat Herman (Greg Herman–Anam Tebha, Alex Hudson–Drew Cavalier).

In the U21 division, the Kriegel team is USA1 for Turkey (Oren Kriegel–Chris Huber, Ben Kristensen–Kevin Rosenberg). Kriegel beat Harper (Brandon Harper–Ryan Miller, Hakan Berk–David Soukup) in the finals. Dhir (Arjun Dhir–Christian Jolly, Allison Hunt–Burke Snowden) triumphed over Harper in the playoff to become USA2 U21.

Thapa (Isha Thapa–Julie Arbit, Marianna Linz–Rebecca Wernis) defeated Goyal (Rachna Goyal–Alice Kaye, Asya Ladyzhensky–Ruth Ng–Mili Raina) to earn the right to represent the USA in the Rona Cup (“girls”) competition in Turkey.

The JUSBC was preceded by three days of training organized by Michael Rosenberg, Debbie Rosenberg, and Barry Goren. Other mentors at the training included Kevin Collins, Marty Fleisher, Chip and Jan Martel, Karen McCalllum, Joe Stokes, Patty Tucker, and Howie Weinstein. Many thanks to these players for donating their time and expertise. Thanks also to the ACBL and to our many donors who provided sponsorship for both the training and the JUSBC. See USBF.org for more details (2013 JUSBC tab on the left) or to contribute to the Junior Program.

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