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Paul  HEITNER

 

 Paul Lee Heitner Ŕ stato un importante giocatore canadese che, nato il 25 gennaio del 1939,  si diplom˛ alla James Madison High School di Brooklyn, si laure˛ in matematica presso il Brooklyn College, e divenne uno stimato consulente in informatica.

 Paul vinse una ventina di titoli regionali e qualche NABC's tra cui ricordiamo il Mitchell del 1976 e culmin˛ la sua carriera di giocatore rappresentando gli USA al Campionato del Mondo a Coppie del 1974.

 Teorico della dichiarazione ide˛ assieme a John Lowenthal il noto sistema Canary Club e, inoltre, fu co-fondatore e direttore di "The Bridge Journal"

 Nel 1986 licenzi˛ un innovativo programma di dichiarazione per computer.

 Quando il 6 dicembre del 1988 scomparve prematuramente a causa di un attacco di cuore, viveva a Brampton nell'Ontario con la moglie Abigail e la figlia Meredith.

  Mr. Heitner was a computer systems consultant with special expertise in computer communications. He graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn and received a mathematics degree from Brooklyn College.

 Heitner won two major national bridge championships, the Life Master Pairs in 1970 and the Men's Teams in 1976. He was second in the Men's Pairs in 1972, and won about 20 regional titles. In 1974, he represented the United States in the World Pair Championships in Las Palmas, the Canary Islands.

 He was a leading theorist and devised, with John Lowenthal of Manhattan, a complex bidding system known as the Canary Club. In the mid-60's, he co-founded and served as managing editor of The Bridge Journal, which from 1963 to 1967 made many contributions to the theory of the game. In 1986, he published the first major computer program for simulating bridge deals with given characteristics.

He died of heart failure early Thursday. He was 49 years old and lived in Brampton, Ontario.

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