Barrere takes Senior Swiss crown

Winners of the Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss Teams: Bruce Noda, Cris Barrere, Bill Harker and Mark Ralph.

A strong final match propelled the squad captain by Cris Barrere into the winner’s circle in the Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss Teams. Barrere, of Berkeley CA, played with teammates Bruce Noda of Corte Madera CA, Mark Ralph of San Francisco and Bill Harker of Santa Fe NM. Their four-session total with carryover was 134.27 victory points.
In second with 121.36 was the team of Robert Katz, Robert Cappelli, Robert Bitterman, Jerry Helms, David Caprera and Anne Brenner.
For the winners, this was the first NABC+ title for captain Barrere and Harker. With the victory, Harker, who has more than 15,000 masterpoints, became a Grand Life Master.

Second in the Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss were Bob Bitterman, Jerry Helms, Robert Katz and Robert Cappelli. (Not pictured: David Caprera and Anne Brenner.)

For Noda, this is the second time he has won the Senior Swiss – he won in 2004 – and it is his third NABC title. He and Ralph won the Silver Ribbon Pairs in 2014, making this Ralph’s second national win.