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 Theodore   LIGHTNER

Theodore A. Lightner Ŕ nato il 14 settembre del 1893 a Gross Pointe nel Michigan, si laure˛ in legge presso la Yale University e lavor˛ presso Il New York Stock Exchange.

 Si spos˛ due volte, prima con Patricia Smith e poi con Marie Black, ed ebbe due figli.

 Scomparve il 22 novembre del 1981, dopo essere stato uno dei pi¨ forti giocatori del suo tempo ed una delle maggiori personalitÓ del mondo del bridge.

 Fece parte del famoso Team di Culbertson di cui era il partner favorito e partecip˛ alla famosa sfida del secolo con Lenz e alle vittorie nelle sfide con la squadra inglese del 1930, 1933 e 1934 che possono essere considerate come veri e propri allori mondiali.

 Sul piano nazionale ha vinto 5 volte la Spingold ed una la Vanderbilt; su quello internazionale ha conquistato la Bermuda Bowl nel 1953.

 Scrisse molti libri di bridge e collabor˛ a lungo come articolista per Bridge World, ed Ŕ ricordato ancor oggi per l'idea di introdurre nel bridge il contro che porta il suo nome e che richiede un attacco insolito contro i contratti di slam.

 Nel 1999 la ACBL gli ha concesso l'onore di far parte della Hall of Fame.

Taken from the Hall of Fame

Theodore A. "Ted" Lightner (1893 - 1981), Life Master #7, was a player who won major championships in three decades. He was a leading figure in bridge from the earliest days of contract. He played with Ely Culbertson during a part of the Culbertson-Lenz match and was a member of the Culbertson team (Josephine Culbertson, Waldemar von Zedtwitz, Michael Gottlieb and Albert Morehead were other team members) that won challenge matches over British teams in 1930, 1933 and 1934.

Lightner captured all the major American titles. He won the Spingold in 1937, 1939 and 1945; the Chicago (now the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams) in 1947, the Vanderbilt in 1930, the Life Master Pairs in 1932 and 1935 and the Open Pairs in 1928.

He became a world champion when his team won the Bermuda Bowl in 1953.

Lightner was remembered by The Bridge World magazine as "a brilliant theoretician and writer. He shared his insights and innovations, including the lead-directing double that bears his name, through his books and many articles in The Bridge World.

"It is hard to believe that Teddy is not still settled at the rubber-bridge table, shaking his great head sadly as yet another dummy comes down with disappointing values, a doleful expression on his face as he prepares to bring home yet another contract. We shall keep him there in our memory."

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