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I played bridge for a couple of months as a teenager and restarted in February 2002 and joined the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). I became a Life Master on July 1, 2004 when I won the last required silver points (I also became a Bronze Life Master as I had almost 600 points). The black points were also the hardest for me to get as I did not play much at the club (reached the required 50 black point in June 2004). I am currently a Silver Life Master, certified director, accredited teacher and have won masterpoint restricted national events in both pairs and teams.
Using this system, my regular partner (Ed Foran) and I won the Sally Young Life Master Open Pairs at the Atlanta National tournament in July 2005. Our team also finished second in the Mini-Spingold II (0-1500) at the same tournament losing in the final by 32 IMPs. The following year in Chicago we finished 3rd in the Young Life Master Open Pairs and won the Mini-Spingold II (0-1500).
In 2006, we finished second in the Victor Daly KO, this was the main team event in the 2006 ABA Summer National in Atlanta.
I have also had good success with this system with other partners. Unfortunately, with relatively few masterpoints, it is hard to get into Bracket 1 of the Knock-Outs and play against the "big boys". The only opportunity is at National events and some regionals. Fortunately, Atlanta's regional has the Lou Bluhm KO event - this is unbracketed. The last couple of years, I have reached the semi-final playing the Atlanta Club with Delysia Ashwood. We have been the only people living in Georgia to reach the semi-finals. We lost both times. First time to Berkowitz/Cohen and the second time to Meckstroth/Rodwell. I think Bridge is the only sport where you have a realistic chance of playing against the best in the world. In order to reach the semi-finals we had to beat teams with players that had over 20,000+ masterpoints.
I also teach adult lessons in the Atlanta area.
Last updated: June 9, 2019