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Posted 2023-January-09, 08:10

I've read a number of good ones, all from the last century. Anyone know of others (old or new)?

The ones I've read:

At the Table, Bob Hamman
The Bridge Bum, Alan Sontag
Husbands and Other Men I've Played With, Patricia Fox Sheinwold
Education of a Bridge Player, Howard Schenken
My Life in Bridge, Omar Sharif
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Posted 2023-January-09, 15:12

View Postblindsey, on 2023-January-09, 08:10, said:

I've read a number of good ones, all from the last century. Anyone know of others (old or new)?

The ones I've read:

At the Table, Bob Hamman
The Bridge Bum, Alan Sontag
Husbands and Other Men I've Played With, Patricia Fox Sheinwold
Education of a Bridge Player, Howard Schenken
My Life in Bridge, Omar Sharif

Bridge, Zia and Me. Michael Rosenberg


Has one of the greatest single dummy play problems I’ve ever seen, as a bonus
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Posted 2023-January-10, 09:41

Tiger bridge by Jeremy Flint combines stories, tips, description of Flint/ Pender system and recollections of BA 1965.
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Posted 2023-January-10, 20:50

Without searching the shelves, others that come to mind are:

Zia: Bridge My Way
Bobby Wolff: The Lone Wolff
Terence Reese: Bridge at the Top
Martin Hoffman: Bridging Two Worlds (about much more than his bridge life; as a boy he survived both a year in Auschwitz and the Death March to Buchenwald)

I happen to be awaiting delivery of Rixi Markus: A Vulnerable Game

Whilst not really autobiographies, Barnet Shenkin's 'Playing with the Bridge Legends' and 'Heroes, Icons and Scandals' have plenty of reminiscences.
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Posted 2024-January-20, 04:47

THE BRIDGE IMMORTALS
Published by Faber & Faber Ltd. on 1967
Copyright Victor Mollo 1967
The book starts with the Italians then the French and subsequently von Dewitz, Slavenburg, Werner, Munoz, Harrison-Gray, Reese, Shapiro,....,Markus, Gordon, Hayden,....,Becker, Schenken, Jacoby, Lightner, Roth, Stayman, Frey, Truscott, Kaplan,...Lucaks.
Since I have the book I think I can (briefly) translate it to anyone you prefer.



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Posted 2024-January-25, 01:52

View PostLovera, on 2024-January-20, 04:47, said:

THE BRIDGE IMMORTALS
Published by Faber & Faber Ltd. on 1967
Copyright Victor Mollo 1967
The book starts with the Italians then the French and subsequently von Dewitz, Slavenburg, Werner, Munoz, Harrison-Gray, Reese, Shapiro,....,Markus, Gordon, Hayden,....,Becker, Schenken, Jacoby, Lightner, Roth, Stayman, Frey, Truscott, Kaplan,...Lucaks.
Since I have the book I think I can (briefly) translate it to anyone you prefer.

This doesn't sound like an autobiography. That means the person wrote the biography of themself.

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Posted 2024-January-25, 09:33

View Postbarmar, on 2024-January-25, 01:52, said:

This doesn't sound like an autobiography. That means the person wrote the biography of themself.


Indeed. In the presentation - Immortality - the author among other things said: "(...) In the following pages the reader will see for himself the credentials of thirty-five candidates. Each one brings with him his titles and dealings which often reveal his character not only at the gaming table, but also in life. In vino veritas. Even more so in bridge.(...)". However for completeness I say that among the Italians there were: Perroux, Avarelli, Pabis- Ticci, D'Alelio, Belladonna, Forquet, Garozzo while among the French: Jais, Trezel, Deruy, Besse. Then, between the dots: Meredith, Dodds, Gardener, Kay, Berah.


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