Bermuda team: in Las Vegas were Daniel MacPhee, left, Kirsty Pollett, Ethan Lacey, Charles Boisvert, Charlotte Emery-King, Katiah Rogers (front), Scott Gilbertson (back), Andrew Tobin, Shane Krueger, Salayah Stange (front), Katarina Rance, Ross Cooper, Maximilian Santiago, Drew Smith, Gabriella Quinn-Serera (front), Ahzjanai Smith Najmah Sillah, Finn Moseley, Michael Skinner (Front), Brett Baumgartner (back), Zahra Wilson front), Gareth Cooper (back), Daque Davis.
24 students, from eight local schools, went to Las Vegas to represent Bermuda in the Youth NABC August 24-27th.There was a record number of tables at the tournament, with 320 tables in play over the three days. The Bermuda group was the second largest at the event and represented close to 10 per cent of the total number of youth each day. The results were good, and remarkably every one of the 24 Bermuda players had a good section result. (see the results section at the end of this article).
The trip was clearly a great success, and John Burville and his team deserve thanks and great credit for organising this. It involved dealing with the students and their parents — no easy task — and it seems the parental support was huge.
The chaperones for the trip were John Burville, Mike Viotti (Saltus), Kalreta Conyers-Steede (CedarBridge), and Fee Saunderson (Warwick). Seven of the parents attended. Some of the feedback from the parents clearly shows that they thought the trip was a huge success!
As always, thanks to the invaluable sponsors, which included AIG, Judy and Kirk Kitson, some members of the Bridge club and some private donors.
Las Vegas YNABC results
Thursday morning Pairs
1st in C Katarina Rance (BHS) and Salayah Stange (BHS)
2nd in C Maximilian Santiago (Saltus), Gareth Cooper (Saltus)
Afternoon Swiss Teams
1st in C Andrew Tobin (Warwick), Ethan Lacey (Warwick), Katiah Rogers (Somersfield), Zahra Wilson (Berkeley)
2nd in C Ross Cooper (Saltus), Scott Gilbertson (Saltus) Kirsty Pollett (Warwick) and Charlotte Emery-King (UK-Oundle)
Friday - Consolation Pairs
3rd in C Maximilian Santiago (Saltus), Gareth Cooper (Saltus)
Friday - Cardbrook Pairs
5th in A Daque Davis (CedarBridge), Michae Skinner (CedarBridge)
Saturday - Afternoon Youth Pairs
2nd B Maximilian Santiago (Saltus), Gareth Cooper (Saltus)
1st C (3rd B) Charles Boivert (Warwick), Daniel Macphee (Warwick)
4th B Brett Baumgartner (Saltus), Shane Krueger (Saltus)
3rd C Gabriella Quinn-Serera (BHS), Sydney Daponte (BHS)