Pam Granovetter and Yiji Starr, in 28th place when the day started, had big games in the final two sessions of the Smith Life Master Women’s Pairs to win the event by 41.39 matchpoints on a top of 27.
Granovetter, a full-time player, and Starr, who is in banking, formed their partnership as opponents. Starr said that at a regional both attended, she and Granovetter played against each other for five straight days.
“She won three times,” said Starr, “so I decided that if I can’t beat her, join her.” Second place in the event went to Gail Greenberg and Sue Picus, the leaders after the first final session.
Granovetter and Starr moved from 28th to fourth after the first final session by posting a 64.10% game. Their 65.17% effort propelled them into first.
Starr said a lot of credit for her success goes to her mentors, Steve Gladyszak of Chelsea MA and Doug Doub of West Hartford CT.