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Philip Hal  SIMS

Hal Sims nacque a Selma in Alabama l'8 novembre del 1886 ed Ŕ stato uno dei pi¨ grandi giocatori americani ante 1935.

Mentre era membro dell'U.S. Army Corp nel 1917 incontr˛ e spos˛ la divorziata Dorothy Rice un'aviatrice ed una bridgista resa celebre dalle sue famose quanto temute psichiche.  Dopo la prima Guerra Mondiale, Hal si dedic˛ completamente alle passioni ludiche e sportive nelle quali senza troppe eccezioni, eccelleva sempre: tennis, backgammon, golf, biliardo e, naturalmente, bridge.

 Ai tempi dell'Auction fece parte con Sidney Lenz del mitico Knickerbocker Whist Club Team e, successivamente, fu sponsor e capitano della celebre Squadra dei Four Horseman (con Oswald Jacoby, David Burnstine e Willard S. Karn) con la quale, dal 1931 al 1933, vinse praticamente tutto.

 Il suo circolo "The Deal Club" che fond˛ a Deal nel New Jersey fu, tra il 1930 ed il 1935,  il quartiere generale dei maggiori esperti del tempo ed una fucina dalla quale uscirono molti buoni giocatori.

 Tra il 1930 ed il 1932 vinse 7 titoli nazionali comprese due Vanderbilt ed una Spingold.

 Hal, che si distingueva per i suoi quasi 2 metri di statura e per i suoi 150Kg. di peso, elabor˛ assieme alla moglie Dorothy un complesso sistema dichiarativo con il quale sfid˛ il mitico Ely Culbertson nel 1935 sulla lunghezza di 150 rubber in quella che fu chiamata la Battaglia dei Giganti, uscendone, per˛, sconfitto.

 Dopo questa sconfitta, Hal dedic˛ la maggior parte delle sue energie al golf giocando a bridge solo occasionalmente, nonostante che si ritiene abbia vinto pi¨ della metÓ dei tornei ai quali aveva partecipato!

 Hal morý il 26 febbraio del 1949 di un infarto mentre giocava una mano di bridge a Cuba nell'Havana Country Club dove, con sua moglie, era uso passare l'inverno negli ultimi anni della sua vita.

 La ACBL nel 1997 lo elesse nella Hall of Fame.

  Hal Sims was born in Selma, Alabama on November 8, 1886 and was one of America's greatest pre-1935 players.

While he was a member of the U.S. Army Corp in 1917 he met and married the divorced Dorothy Rice an aviator and a bridge player made famous by her famous and feared psychics.

After the First World War, Hal devoted himself completely to playful and sporting passions in which without too many exceptions, he always excelled: tennis, backgammon, golf, billiards and, of course, bridge.

At the time of the Auction he was part of the legendary Knickerbocker Whist Club Team with Sidney Lenz and, subsequently, he was sponsor and captain of the famous Four Horseman team (with Oswald Jacoby, David Burnstine and Willard S. Karn) with whom, from 1931 to 1933, he won practically everything.

His club "The Deal Club" which he founded in Deal, New Jersey was, between 1930 and 1935, the headquarters of the leading experts of the time and a forge from which many good players emerged.

Between 1930 and 1932 he won 7 national titles including two Vanderbilts and one Spingold.

Hal, who stood out for his almost 2 meters of stature and for his 150Kg. of weight, together with his wife Dorothy elaborated a complex declarative system with which he challenged the legendary Ely Culbertson in 1935 on the length of 150 rubber in what was called the Battle of the Giants, only to be defeated.

After this defeat, Hal devoted most of his energy to golf by playing bridge only occasionally, although he is believed to have won more than half of the tournaments he had participated in!

Hal died on February 26, 1949 of a heart attack while playing a hand of bridge in Cuba in the Havana Country Club where, with his wife, it was customary for him to spend the winter in the last years of his life.

The ACBL in 1997 elected him to the Hall of Fame.

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