Ben Kompa and Robert Thorstad, representing District 7, started slowly in the President’s Cup North American Pairs Flight C but finished with a flourish to win the event by 25.79 matchpoints on a top of 25.

Second place went to Laurie and James Herchenroeder of Harrodsburg KY (District 11).

Kompa is a junior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He says he is studying “math, computer science and bridge.” He was taught the game two years ago by his partner, Robert Thorstad, who lives in Atlanta and is a graduate student in psychology at Emory University.

The two play online about three times a week.

Thorstad said his partner was the star of the show in the two final sessions. “I have to say now that he is a better player than I am,” said Thorstad.

The winners were low in the standings after the two qualifying sessions but picked up the pace on day two, scoring 65.38% in the second final session.