The team captained by Richard Schwartz, in third place with a session to go, scored 18 out of 26 in the second final to win the Mitchell Open Board-a-Match Teams by 1.09 points. Their final score was 36.75 to 35.66 for the runners-up, captained by Vytautas Vainikonis.
Schwartz played with three members of the team that won the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams last fall in Providence and the Jacoby Open Swiss Teams this spring in New Orleans: his partner Allan Graves, Boye Brogeland and Espen Lindqvist. New team members Huub Bertens and Daniel Korbel both won their first North American titles.
Schwartz and company were tied for the lead after the first day of qualifying, but after the first final session they were tied for third through fifth.
In the evening session, their 69% game carried them into first, just ahead of the hard-charging Vainikonis team, who were mired in 59th place after the first day of play. The team used a big game in the first final session to move into 9th place then scored 17.5 in the final set to just miss out on the title. Vainikokis, of Lithuania, played with Olanski Wojtek, Boguslaw Gierulski, Jerzy Skrzypczak and Piotr Pawel Zatorski, all of Poland, plus Israeli Ron Pachtmann.