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 Edwin Bruce KANTAR

Ed Kantar è nato il 9 novembre del 1932 a Minneapolis da madre francese e padre rumeno ma è californiano per adozione e vive a Santa Monica (Los Angeles) dove è un giocatore  professionista, un affermato autore di libri ed un articolista di successo che ha scritto per tutte le principali riviste specializzate americane. 

 Eddie, che ha imparato il bridge quando aveva solo 11 anni, è oggi un rinomato insegnate, attività che ha svolto sotto lo stimolo paterno fin da quando aveva 17 anni per mantenersi agli studi. Ha frequentato l'Università del Minnesota studiando lingue straniere e parla fluentemente francese e spagnolo.

 Dopo essere stato uno dei migliori giocatori del mondo ancora oggi compete con successo nei principali tornei internazionali anche se ha abbandonato l'attività agonistica vera e propria per dedicarsi al gioco con gli amici e la moglie Yvonne Snyder (nella foto).

 Da giocatore ha vinto 2 volte la Bermuda Bowl nel 1977e 1979, numerosi tornei nazionali ed internazionali e una ventina di National tra i quali ricordiamo il Jacoby del 1987, 4 volte la Spingold, (1961, 1962, 1973, 1978), 3 volte la Vanderbilt (1964, 1968, 1988), 2 volte il Grand National Teams (1974 e 1976) e 4 volte la  Resinger (1962, 1965, 1976, 1980).

 Come scrittore ha pubblicato una ventina di volumi di successo tra i quali ricordiamo quelli famosissimi sul gioco difensivo, vere e proprie pietre miliari per i giocatori di tutto il mondo.

 World Grand Master, ha collaborato all'edizione dell'Enciclopedia Ufficiale del Bridge, fa parte dello staff redazionale di The Bridge World ed è anche stato un  campione di ping pong che ha rappresentato gli Stati Uniti ai mondiali di Stoccolma nel 1957. È stato anche un ottimo giocatore di tennis e di paddle.

 Fa parte della Hall of Fame di tennis da tavolo dello stato del Minnesota e la ACBL nel 1996 gli ha concesso l'onore di far parte della Hall of Fame del Bridge americano. Infine, nel 2017 ha ricevuto il premio Sydney Lazard jr.

Edwin Bruce (Eddie) Kantar (born November 9, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American bridge player, 2-time World Teams Bridge Champion and prolific author of bridge books.

When Eddie Kantar first learned bridge as a youngster in Minneapolis, he had no notion of turning that new-found knowledge into a job.

Today, the Californian is one of the best-known bridge writers in the world. He has more than 20 bridge books in print and is a regular contributor to the Bridge Bulletin, The Bridge World, Bridge Today and many foreign publications.

After being one of the best players in the world still competes successfully in the major international tournaments although he abandoned the competitive activity proper to engage in play with friends and his wife Yvonne (pictured).

Although he doesn’t play as often as he used to, the two-time former world champion is still highly regarded as a player and is a regular at major tournaments. He is also known as a great ambassador for bridge.

Kantar learned bridge at 11. By the age of 17, he was teaching the game to his friends. Kantar was so enthusiastic about bridge that he often took his bridge books to school with him, hiding them behind his textbooks.

At the University of Minnesota, where Kantar studied foreign languages – he is still conversant in Spanish and French – he taught bridge to earn spending money. When he played, he sought out tough games and honed his skills.

Somewhere between the first bridge book he read and the first one he wrote (in 1965), Kantar developed his literary signature – the ability to inject humor into just about everything he writes or talks about.

Relating his experiences as a bridge teacher in Germany during a stint in the U.S. Army, Kantar recalled that he taught in German. “Even though the people spoke only German, by the end of the class they were begging me to teach in English.”

This kind of self-deprecating humor has made Kantar popular with readers around the world. Never afraid to laugh at himself, Kantar personalizes all his writing, transforming the dullest of lessons into lively, interesting reading.

He gained stature as a player by winning 17 North American championships and two world titles – the Bermuda Bowl in 1977 and 1979. He was second in the 1975 Bermuda Bowl, the championship which erupted in controversy when two members of the winning Italian team were caught giving foot signals.

Kantar is a Grand Master in World Bridge Federation rankings and an ACBL Grand Life Master. His North American titles include wins in the Spingold Knockout Teams (three times), the Reisinger B-A-M Teams (four), the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams (two) and the Grand National Teams (two).

Kantar today is best known as a writer – his favorite games to play are tennis and racquetball – and many of his books are considered classics. In a survey of bridge writers and players, Kantar’s Complete Defensive Play was listed in the top 10 of all-time favorite bridge books.

kantar was elected in the Hall of Fame in 1996 e recipient the Sidney H. Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award in 2017.

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