Boca Raton Natives Win National Title at Summer North American Bridge Championships
Mike Becker, David Berkowitz, John Diamond and Jimmy Cayne of Boca Raton, Fla., claimed victory at the Summer North American Bridge Championships (NABCs), one of the 19 championship-level events held in Chicago from Aug. 6 to 16.
Becker and Berkowitz won first place in the Grand National Teams Morehead event. This is Becker’s 19th first-place NABC title and Berkowitz’s 29th first-place NABC title. Members of the team, pictured left to right, included Jeff Meckstroth of Clearwater, Fla., Eric Rodwell of Clearwater, Fla., Warren Spector of Palm Beach, Fla., Mike Becker, Gary Cohler of Miami, Fla., and David Berkowitz of Boca Raton, Fla.
Diamond won first place in the Roth Open Swiss event. This is Diamond’s seventh first-place NABC title. Members of the team, pictured left to right, included Eric Greco of Wynnewood, Pa., Kevin Bathurst of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Justin Lall of Plano, Texas. Not pictured: Brian Platnick (captain) of Evanston, Ill., John Diamond and Geoff Hampson of Las Vegas, Nev.
Cayne won first place in the Spingold Knockout event. This is Cayne’s 17th first-place NABC title. Members of the team, pictured left to right, included Lotan Fisher of Rishon Le Zion, Israel, Ron Schwartz of Ramat-Gan, Israel, Alfredo Versace of Rome, Italy, ACBL President Suzi Subeck (not a team member), Jimmy Cayne and Lorenzo Lauria of Rome, Italy.
The NABCs are held three times a year across the U.S. and Canada to bring together players of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, with opportunities for everyone to play daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The 2015 Fall NABCs will be held in Denver, Colo., from Nov. 26 to Dec. 6.