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|Canadians Win NAP 2012|
After springing back from near death, District 2’s Jordan Cohen and Barry Senensky stormed forward in day two of the two-day Flight A North American Pairs to win the event by less than a board. District 3’s Bill and Rozanne Pollack of Basking Ridge NJ finished second.
Cohen and Senensky entered the second day of the two-day event 27th of the 28 qualifiers with a carry-over of only .60. They started well enough, with a 59.95% first qualifying session, then bottomed out with a 43.85% evening session. Nevertheless, they got the Q.
Cohen, of Thornhill ON, is an attorney. Senensky of Maple ON owns an actuarial business
The second session of the final was interrupted by a fire alarm. According to the director, most of the players put their cards back into the board and filed out when the alarm sounded and the strobe lights started flashing. Within 10 minutes, they were back at the table. The winners credit their action on Board 16 of the good half of the day with providing the two or three matchpoints they needed to survive to day two.
Cohen, East, says they bid to 6 ♣ with spade interference from the opponents. When North- South took the 7 ♠ sacrifice, Cohen’s forcing pass left it up to partner whether to penalize or go for the grand. While the punishment might have collected 2000, Senensky chose to bid the vulnerable grand slam. Plus 2220 was worth all the matchpoints. “The two matchpoints that doubling 7♠ might have cost us could well have shut us out of the final day,” Cohen says.
Article excerpted from the NABC Memphis 2012 ACBL Daily Bulletin #1