July 12, 2012 |
It takes serious materials to run a tournament for nearly 4,000 people who are serious about bridge. Along with the plasma screens and card tables, the 25 tons of supplies include 30,000 golf pencils, 19 pounds of rubber bands, and 20,000 decks of cards. For the players who will participate in the American Contract Bridge League's summer North American Bridge Championship, which starts Thursday at the Convention Center, bridge is much more than a country-club game. When the Spingold, the championship's most prestigious tournament, reaches its final rounds near the end of the event, the players' cards will be broadcast over the Internet and streamed in a makeshift theater.
March 19, 1991 |
When Eduard Junkur started playing bridge in his native Estonia, the game was very much in vogue. The year was 1933. Junkur was 17. But by the time he moved to the United States in 1950, the Estonian bridge scene had gone underground. Estonia had been invaded by the Soviet Union in 1940, occupied by the Nazis from 1941 to 1944, then retaken by the Soviets. Stalin was in. Bridge was out. "Bridge was a no-no in (the Soviet Union) until a few years ago," Junkur said.
July 21, 2012 |
Speaking to a room full of bridge players, Walter Mitchell, the president of District 4 of the American Contract Bridge League, boomed: "This is not your grandmother's game anymore, right?" One of the players called back to him, "Yeah, it is. " Mitchell glanced toward the arguing audience member. All of the players he was addressing as they sat poised to start a 21/2-hour session of intent concentration on cards were between 6 and 18. So he revised his point. "It's still your grandmother's game," he said.
January 19, 2002 |
Norman Kay, 74, of Penn Valley, who was so good at bridge he earned murderous nicknames and invited comparisons to giants of other games, died Thursday of a pulmonary embolism at his home. So formidable was he at the table that a magazine writer once dubbed him the "Kid-Glove Killer. " Others referred to him as the "Babe Ruth of Bridge. " Officials of the American Contract Bridge League called him "one of the most successful players in the history of the game worldwide. " A good bridge player needs to bring to the table the staying power of a marathon runner, the concentration of a professional golfer standing over a birdie putt, and the long-suffering tolerance of an uncle advising a favored nephew - not to mention a willingness to go for the jugular.
July 20, 2012 |
Speaking to a room full of bridge players, Walter Mitchell, the president of District 4 of the American Contract Bridge League, boomed, "This is not your grandmother's game anymore, right?" One of the players called back to him, "Yeah, it is. " Mitchell glanced toward the arguing audience member. All the players he was addressing as they sat poised to start a two-and-a-half-hour session of intent concentration on cards were between six and eighteen years old. So he revised his point.
July 30, 1987 |
Joseph Livezey 3d lives to play cards. As one of the top duplicate bridge players in the country, he competes in tournaments, teaches at area colleges and hosts 40-person bridge gatherings at his Springfield home. To hear Livezey tell it, bridge players are quiet, friendly folks. So quiet, so absorbed in their game, that four streakers once ran through a Delaware bridge tournament and none of the players noticed. The problem was that Livezey, 34, and his parents, Joseph and Anne (both of whom are also bridge players)
May 26, 2013
A reader wonders what percentage of my readers play in duplicate tournaments. My guess is 10 percent. Most readers of newspaper bridge columns are casual players. The U.S. has millions of players, but the membership of the American Contract Bridge League, which oversees tournament play, is 166,000. Nevertheless, duplicate players are prone to study the game's techniques intensely, so my estimate may be low. Social players who try duplicate often fail to understand that their score on each deal matters only in relation to what other pairs did in the same deal.
September 20, 1987 |
Zelma Schoenfeld Waggoner, 65, of Newtown Square, a longtime library worker and bridge enthusiast, died last Sunday at Haverford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Havertown. As a child in Lake Placid, N.Y., she participated in local sports, skating and skiing, according to her son, Richard G. Waggoner of Newtown Square. After graduating from Lake Placid High School, she attended Albany College of Pharmacy, then went to work as a laboratory technician for General Electric Co. in Schenectady, N.Y. There, she met George F. Waggoner, an engineer, who she married.
July 4, 1993 |
The dealt hands were the same in China, South America, Europe and at Lola's Bridge Center in Swarthmore. And with a little luck and a lot of practice, two area bridge aficionados came in 13th worldwide and first among 36,270 competitors in the United States and Canada. They were playing in the eighth annual Epson Worldwide Bridge Contest, held at hundreds of locations in 90 countries on June 4 and 5. Robert Briselli, of Broomall, and his partner Steve Blomstedt, of West Chester, say their interest in math, their study of the game, and their ability to work together helped them earn 1,744 points out of a possible 2,400.