Billy Cohen and Ralph Katz are in the lead after two qualifying sessions of the Kay Platinum Pairs. Their carryover of 54 matchpoints has them 8.56 points ahead of a pair from China – Yichao Chen and Junjie Hu. Top today is 27.

Third place belongs to Brian Platnick and John Diamond. They are followed by Zia Mahmood and Steve Garner, with Mitch Dunitz and Jill Meyers in fifth.

Cohen, Sherman Oaks CA, and Katz, Burr Ridge IL, scored 57.08% in the first session on Friday and followed with a 62.70% game. The event concludes on Sunday.