With a round to go, Katarzyna Dufrat and Justyna Zmuda, members of the Polish national bridge team, were in second place in the Whitehead Women’s Pairs by less than a quarter of a matchpoint. On the final round, they scored 39 out of a possible 50 matchpoints to win the event in convincing fashion.
The winners’ final score, including carryover, was 858, more than 16 matchpoints better than that of the runners-up – Texans Nancy Passell and Petra Hamman. The winners scored 63.54% in the final session. Passell and Hamman had a 60.46% game.
The Polish players have multiple medals in Junior competitions and have scored well in open events. Zmuda and Michal Klukowski, another young Polish star, won the Mixed Pairs at the 8th Open European Championships in Montecatini, Italy, in June of this year.
Zmuda, 26, and Dufrat, 29, have played together for about five years and now teach and coach bridge for the Polish federation.
The winners qualified for the final in fourth place, moving up to third after the first final session, just ahead of Passell and Hamman, who moved from 25th to fourth in that same session. Passell and Hamman live in the Dallas area.
Here are the event overall winners.