Fantoni, Nunes tops
in points won here
Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes of Italy,
reigning World Open Pairs champions, tied for
first in the battle for the Mott-Smith Trophy,
awarded to the player who scores the most
masterpoints at the Spring NABC.
the Open Pairs II ,finished second in the Jacoby
Swiss Teams and tied for ninth in the
Vanderbilt. The leaders:
1 363.82 Fulvio Fantoni
363.82 Claudio Nunes
3 329.97 Ralph Katz
4 310.00 David Berkowitz
310.00 Larry Cohen
6 255.39 Giorgio Duboin
7 253.36 George Jacobs
253.36 Alfredo Versace
9 250.00 Lorenzo Lauria
250.00 Norberto Bocchi
11 228.25 Richard Schwartz
12 208.89 Michael Becker
13 207.77 Peter Boyd
207.77 Steve Robinson
15 203.32 Michael Polowan
16 198.26 Kit Woolsey
198.26 Fred Stewart
18 197.82 Chris Willenken
19 190.70 Eddie Wold
190.70 Mike Passell
21 187.78 Michael Rosenberg
22 185.80 Michal Kwiecien
185.80 Jacek Pszczola
24 183.15 John Stiefel
25 175.07 Malcolm Brachman
26 174.76 Gawrys Plotr
27 173.22 Shome Mukherjee
173.22 William Hunter
29 159.94 Martin Fleisher
30 159.90 Michael Kamil
31 159.44 Joe Grue
159.44 Curtis Cheek
33 157.41 Paul Soloway
34 157.18 Walter Fontaine
35 156.00 Bjorn Fallenius
156.00 Roy Welland
37 154.76 Zia Mahmood
38 153.71 Jeff Meckstroth
39 152.18 Peggy Sutherlin
40 151.84 Dennis Dawson
New Spring record
Reno 2004 smashed the record for Spring
NABCs with 14,954.5 tables, topping Reno 1998
which had 13,996.
They won the Women’s Swiss Teams: (seated)
Karen Allison and Peggy Sutherlin; (standing)
Kathy Sulgrove and JoAnn Sprung.
Kathy Sulgrove last won a national
championship in 1984 and then gave up the game
for almost two decades. She came back with a
force, leading her squad to victory in the Machlin
Women’s Swiss Teams. Playing with Sulgrove
were JoAnn Sprung, Peggy Sutherlin and Karen
The foursome — which featured the first-time
partnership of Sulgrove and Sprung — posted a
final score of 137.25.
In second with 131.72 was the team of Valerie
Westheimer (captain), Judi Radin, Mildred Breed, Shawn Quinn, Cheri Bjerkan and Stasha Cohen.
The Westheimer team finished with 131.72.
Sulgrove won the Mixed Pairs in 1984 (San
Antonio) with the late Larry Rock. She stopped
playing completely for eight years because of work.
Sulgrove played sporadically after that, and has
only recently returned to national-level play.
In third with 108.15 were Jill Levin, Sue Picus,
Debbie Rosenberg and JoAnna Stansby.
D10 pair wins
NAP Flight B
The District 10 duo of Dayn Beam and Jim Alison are the new North American Pair Flight B champions.
Beam and Alison both live in Huntsville AL, and both are lawyers. They have previously played in several NAP Flight C contests, and in one they finished second.
This is the fourth time the pair has played in the Flight B championship.“We finally got it right,” said Beam.
Winners of the North American Pairs Flight B
were Dayn Beam and Jim Alison.
This is also the last NAP Flight B in which the
pair will play since Alison has surpassed the 2000-
In second, less than a board behind, was the
District 12 pair of Jacqueline DeRouin of Okomos
MI and Jan Garthe of Suttons Bay MI.
North American Pairs Flight C champions
Daniel Wilderman and Ryan Connors.
NAP Flight C title
goes to D24
A late appeal in the North American Pairs
Flight C pushed the District 24 pair of Daniel
Wilderman and Ryan Connors into first place.
Wilderman, 26, lives in New York City and
works for a hedge fund company. Connors, 25, also
lives in New York and is a law student at NYU.They have been playing together for a year.
Less than a board back was the District 3 duo
of Jacek Leznicki of Verona NJ and Jerry Owczarek
of Union NJ. Leznicki and Owczarek were the
2002 NAP Flight C champions.
Wittes passes 15,000
Jon Wittes of Palm Desert CA, a world
champion in 1986 when he won the World Mixed
Pairs, went over the 15,000-point mark in the
NABC Open Swiss, in which he placed seventh.