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Kranyak, Wolpert, Dwyer, and Bathurst win 2013 USBC
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Congratulations to theKRANYAKteam (pictured left to right:Gavin Wolpert, JohnKranyak,Kevin Bathurst, and Kevin Dwyer), the winners of the 2013 US Bridge Championships (USBC) in Orlando, Florida! In a well-played 120 board final they soundly defeated theFLEISHERteam (Marty Fleisher,Michael Kamil, Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Chip Martel, andChris Willenken) 270 to 202.

The first two 15-board segments (out of eight) were quite close as KRANYAK led by 11 after 30 boards. ThenKRANYAK stormed ahead, picking up 32 in the third, and another 40 in the fourth segment. They never looked back after that, adding slightly to their lead in the 5th and 6th segments. With 30 boards to go KRANYAK was up by 97.FLEISHERpicked up 32 in the 7th, butKRANYAKfinished strong and never let the match get close.

This youthfulfoursome played well all week and steam-rolledeach of their world-class opponents. First, they defeatedBLANCHARDby 76 IMPs in the Round of 16, then they beatDIAMOND by 60 in the quarter-finals, and in the semi-final they beat the NICKELLteam, whom many regarded as the pre-tournament favorites, by 45 IMPs.

This is Kevin Bathurst's second time winning the USBCas he won in 2011, but the first USBC championship for each of the other 3 players. The fact that they played only four handed makes their victory even more impressive, as this is the first time in many years that a 4 person team has won the USBC.KRANYAK will have the right to add a third pair to the team before heading to the Bermuda Bowlin Bali, Indonesia.

As the runner-ups, FLEISHERwill face the winner of theNICKELLvs.DIAMOND match in a 90 board playoff for the right to become USA 2.

Turn the page for some more photos of the KRANYAKteam in action.

Gavin Wolpert deep in thought

John Kranyak

John Kranyak posing for the camera

Kevin Bathurst

Kevin Bathurst

Kevin Dwyer

Kevin Dwyer

Thank you to Peg Kaplan for the Photos.

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