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 Jeff  MECKSTROTH

 

 Jeffrey John Meckstroth nato il 15 maggio del 1956 a Reynoldsburg in Ohio ed oggi residente in Florida e in Ohio, uno dei pi forti giocatori che abbiano calcato le scene bridgistiche degli ultimi venti anni.

 La sua partnership con Eric Rodwell cos fortunata che sotto l'appellativo di "Meckwell" conosciuta in tutto il mondo.

 La coppia Meckwell ha vinto pi volte tutti i pi prestigiosi titoli nazionali e mondiali.

 Jeff, che uno dei soli 10 giocatori al mondo che si sono potuti fregiare della prestigiosa "Triple Crown", World Grand Master ed il primo degli americani nella speciale classifica dei migliori giocatori in vita edita dalla World Bridge Federation.

 Nel suo ricco palmares figurano tra l'altro: 5 Bermuda Bowls vinte (la prima alla giovane et di 26 anni) e due medaglie d'argento, 1 Olimpiade vinta nel 1998 ed un argento nel 1992, il Mondiale Open a Coppie del 1986, il Mondiale Misto a coppie del 2002, l'europeo a coppie del 2003, l'Olimpiade Senior del 2016 e una sessantina di Campionati Nordamericani tra i quali ricordiamo 2 Mitchell, 9 Reisinger, 14 Grand National Teams, 6 Vanderbilt, 6 Jacoby, 13 Spingold, 2 Silodor.

 Nella sfida Europa-America ha collaborata alla vittoria della Squadra a stelle e  strisce nelle edizioni del 2006 e del 2010.

 Jeff stato eletto per tre volte dall'ACBL giocatore dell'anno (1992, 2004 e 2009) e nel 2011 si portato via anche l'oro dei Transnazionali Europei a Squadre Open ed entrato a far parte della Hall of Fame nel 2017. Nel 2019 ha vinto il Cavendish Pairs.

Jeff, che anche un apprezzato golfista, ha conquistato pi volte ogni titolo messo in palio dalla ACBL e nel 2010 ha conquistato il primato assoluto degli i.m.p. vinti dai giocatori americani di ogni tempo, vincendo i Regional a Squadre di Tampa mentre giocava in coppia con la seconda moglie Sallie Chapleau (nella foto) che originaria di Saint Mary's in Ohio e che un'ottima giocatrice che ha anche vinto un paio di NABC.

La prima moglie Shirlee D. Meckstroth, era anche lei una buona giocatrice e mor il 16 aprile del 2006 a causa di un attacco di cuore che la colse nel sonno nella loro casa di Tampa in Florida.

 I genitori di Jeff, Bob e Gisela erano degli ottimi giocatori che si sono esibiti in coppia per quasi 40 anni.

 Gisela Elizabeth Gertrude Meckstrott Blcher nata a Wickenrode in Germania il 15 novembre del 1934 e si trasferita in Scozia come ragazza alla pari. Poi all'et di 22 anni vi nave arrivata negli USA. Ha lavorato presso la Scandinavian Airlines prima di diventare insegnante di informatica a Columbus presso la Ohio University. Si sposata il 2 settembre del 1978 a Lancaster in Ohio e assieme al marito ha organizzato numerose crociere di bridge. Gisela scomparsa il 14 luglio 2018.

 Robert Ruben Meckstroth nato l'11 gennaio del 1927 a Botkins nell' Ohio, laureato in agraria si sposato una prima volta con Wilma Koenig che e dopo averne divorziato nel 1976, si si risposato due anni pi tardi con Gisela. Life Master della ACBL, amante anche del golf, della pesca e dell'orticoltura, ha impartito i primi rudimenti del bridge a Jeff. 

Bob scomparso a Minster il 5 dicembre del 2020 a causa del Covid.

  Jeffrey John Meckstroth was born in 1956 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio and now lives part time in Florida and in Ohio.

 He has been a star of the bridge world for over 20 years and we can expect him to continue dominating both national and international events for at least another 20.

At his current pace, Jeff is set to compile a record second to none.

Although Jeff and Eric Rodwell are two of the world's leading players, it is as a partnership (known universally as "Meckwell") that they have built their widespread reputation as one of the greatest partnerships of all time. Together, they have won virtually every major title in the game, most of them more than once.

They are renowned not only as great players, but also as brilliant theorists. Their bidding system (starting from a Precision base) is complex, their agreements extensive, and their trademark style ultra-aggressive.

A WBF World Grand Master, Jeff is sixth in the current world rankings, three places ahead of his partner.

Jeff has played in the finals of eight World teams championships, the first at the age of just 26. All of his major international successes have come in partnership with Eric.

They have won the Bermuda Bowl four times (1981, 95, 2000 and 2003) but had to settle for Silver medals in 1997 and 2005. At World Team Olympiads, they won Gold in 1988 and Silver in 1992. They also won the World Pairs in 1982 and the Senior Olympiad in 2016.

In 1974, At the age of 18, Jeff was one of the first recipients of the ACBL King of Bridge scholarship. Five years later, he broke onto the tournament scene with a vengeance, winning three North American titles that year, including the Reisinger, and reaching the final of the Vanderbilt. He also won the ACBL Player of the Year race in 1992 and the Barry Crane Top 500 in 1996. In 1998, he was awarded the IBPA's Charles. J. Solomon Award for the year's best-played hand. In 2017 he is elected in Hall of Fame and in 20019 he won at last board the Cavendish Pairs.

It is surely only a matter of time before Jeff surpasses John Crawford's pre-Hamman record with more 50 NABC's titles.

Indeed, with more than a 15-year age advantage over the big man, perhaps one day Jeff will surpass even his teammate's incredible achievements.

Three times ACBL Player of the Year, in 2011 he took away the gold of European Transnational Open Team.

Jeff is one of those people who work hard at whatever he does, but he is also blessed with a natural ability for many things. When he is not playing bridge or spending time with his family, he can usually be found on the golf course.

As a teenager, he was a scratch golfer and harbored hopes of playing the game professionally - golf's loss is the bridge world's gain. Not that he has given up all intentions in that direction - he says that he may try to get onto the Senior Golf Circuit when that time comes.

Jeff, that is also a good golfer, won several times each title raffled by ACBL and in 2010 won the absolute primacy of i.m.p. won by American players of all time, winning the Regional Teams in Tampa while playing in tandem with his wife Sallie Chapleau (pictured) who is originally from Saint Marys OH and is, also her, a good bridge player that won a couple of NABC's.

The first wife Shirlee D. Meckstroth was a good player and she died on April 16, 2006 due to heart attack that took her at his home in Tampa, Florida.

Jeff's parents, Bob and Gisela were excellent players who performed in pairs for almost 40 years.

Gisela Elizabeth Gertrude Meckstrott Blcher was born in Wickenrode, Germany on November 15, 1934 and moved to Scotland as an au pair. Then at the age of 22 he sailed to the USA. He worked at Scandinavian Airlines before becoming a computer science teacher in Columbus at Ohio University. She was married on 2 September 1978 in Lancaster, Ohio, and together with her husband she organized numerous bridge cruises. Gisela passed away on 17 July 2018.

Robert Ruben Meckstroth was born on January 11, 1927 in Botkins, Ohio, a graduate in agriculture, he married for the first time with Wilma Koenig and after divorcing her in 1976, he remarried two years later late with Gisela.

Life Master of the ACBL, also lover of golf and horticulture, taught the basic rudiments of bridge to Jeff.

Bob passed away in Minster on December 5, 2020 due to Covid.

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