Thursday, March 25, 2010
Images from the table
Ralph Katz (above) has 20 NABC titles. It's no surprise then, that when the Nickell team was looking for a replacement for Dick Freeman, they turned to Ralph. He's not only a great player, he is usually calm at the table and seems to bring out the best in his partner.
Last fall, he became a world champion -- the team he was on (Nickell) won the Bermuda Bowl in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (He had two second-places finish and a third-place finish before then as well as many other high placings.)
Katz comes from a bridge-playing family. His wife, Martha Benson Katz won the World Youth Team Championship in 1991. Their son Sam is also an up-and-coming player. Ralph lives in Burr Ridge IL, near Chicago.
Nikolay Demirev (above) of Arlington Heights IL (also near Chicago) has five NABC wins. A great player is often one who can win with many different players. Nik's five wins are with four different partners. He is a part-time blogger here.
Justin Lall of Dallas TX won the world Youth Team Championship in 2003 and 2006. In 2006, he won the Grand National Teams - Championship Flight. At just 22 years old, it's obvious to say his future is bright. Justin blogs here.
Images by MOJO and taken in Reno with my Canon 40D.