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Lynn  DEAS

 

 Nata a Newport News in Virginia il 16 giugno del 1953, diplomata al Catawba College, appassionata di numismatica e di pittura ed è nota per i suoi tanti cani che porta ovunque con se.

 Lynn, che oggi vive assieme al marito Rich Kasprowicz a Schenectady, una cittadina una trentina di Km a nord di Albany, è una delle più forti giocatrici americane contemporanee nonostante una terribile malattia che la costringe su una sedia a rotelle e a frequenti ospedalizzazioni.

 World Woman Grand Master, tra le 30 giocatrici più forti del mondo, Lynn ha vinto 3 Venice Cup consecutive (1987, 89, 91) guadagnando l'argento nel 2015, le Olimpiadi di categoria di Rodi,  la Mc Connell Cup ai Mondiali di Montreal del 2002, l'argento nel Mondiale a Coppie Femminili del 1982 oltre a un gran numero di risultati prestigiosi sia nelle competizioni internazionali che nelle più importanti gare ufficiali nord americane.

 Per il suo enorme coraggio a ricevuto lo Sporting Award 1997 della IBPA.

 Ha anche conquistato l'argento nelle Venice Cup del 2009 e 2015 e l'oro nel Mondiale a Coppie Femminili del 2010 e nel 2011ha vinto la prima edizione dei World Mind sia nella Categoria Women Team che in quella Women Pairs.

Vincitrice di 27 NABC tra i quali ricordiamo 7 Sternberg (1992, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016) ha anche vinto sia il Coppie che lo Squadre nella Hua Yuan Cup del 2017.

Nel 2018 è stata eletta nella Hall of Fame dell'ACBL.

I suoi hobbies includono la pittura, la numismatica e l'allevamento di cani.

A five-time World Champion, Lynn was honored with the ACBL’s Sydney H. Lazard, Jr. Sportsmanship Award in 2004.  The award recognizes “those players who exhibit admirable ethical behavior and a strong sense of fair play at the highest levels of bridge . . . over an extended period of time.”

Lynn learned to play bridge in high school so that she could play in college.  But when she got to college, she found that almost no one played.  Her computer science teacher took Lynn and her partner to the local duplicate club, where Lynn got much of her early bridge experience.  She reports that “it was the only club I have ever played in where people arrived an hour early in order to be able to sit East/West.  All of the ‘good players’ sat North/South, so the club had to force people to sit North/South.”  After college, Lynn entered medical school, but eventually dropped out in order to pursue her dream of being a full-time bridge player and teacher.

Lynn’s World Championship titles include three with Beth Palmer, her bridge partner of 28 years. In addition, Lynn was added to the US team for both the 1991 World Championship (where she played with Sasha Cohen) and the 1996 World Championship (where her partner was Juanita Chambers).  Both teams were victorious.

In 2009 she returned to winning the most coveted podiums in the Venice Cup earning an other silver medal in 2015, the silver and gold in the World Pairs Championship in 2010 and won the inaugural World Mind in Women Team Category.

In 2017 she won both Pairs and Teams at Hua Yuan Cup.

In 2018 she has been elected in ACBL Hall of Fame.

Besides playing in tournaments and at her local duplicate club, Lynn enjoys teaching bridge online and doing partnership coaching. 

Her hobbies include painting, coin collecting, and breeding dogs.  Although Lynn terms herself a "small time" breeder, she has periodically found herself tending to as many as 13 dogs. 

Lynn lives in Schenectady, NY, with her husband Rich Kasprowicz.

Winner of dozens of NABC, her last victory the seventhly Sternberg at to the Fall 2016 NABC's .

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