It is with great regret that we note the death of Mary Paul, author of the first book ever published by Master Point Press, Partnership Bidding (1994 -- soon to be republished in an updated edition).
Linda Lee (MPP) remembers her well, as a partner, teammate and opponent:
"When I first met Mary she was a imposing figure. She had a crown of bright red hair and she was the best woman bridge player I had met at the time. Scare me at the bridge table? Eric Murray didn’t scare me even when he yelled at me for psyching against him. But playing against Mary? Oh, yes, that scared me.
Mary had a number of successful long-term partnerships, especially one with Francine Cimon, but it was playing with her husband Maurice (Moose) Paul that brought her the greatest happiness. I never played regularly with Mary; I regret that greatly. I admit now that I was in awe of her and in my early twenties didn’t have the courage to overcome that. But I did play on several women’s teams with her with success.
As I got to know her over the years, I learned that even though I was originally intimidated by Mary I needn’t have been: she was a lovely person."
The obituary and remembrance below appears on the Canadian Bridge Federation web site:
"I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Paul. She was a friend, a teammate, and more to the point, one of the top Canadian Bridge players ever. Mary was inducted into the Canadian Bridge Hall of Fame in 2016.
Mary Paul was born in Bucharest, Romania and moved to Montreal as a child. Even though she learned bridge at a young age, it was her husband, Maurice Paul, who helped her develop her game to the expert level. Together they formed a very successful partnership for over 20 years.
Mary was the first woman to win the open Canadian National Teams Championship (CNTC), winning the first ever CNTC held in 1977. She won the event again in 1993. In addition, she won seven of the nine Canadian Women Teams Championships (CWTC) held between 1980 and 1991.
Mary represented Canada in six bridge Olympiads (1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992), and four Venice Cups (1989, 1991, 1995 and 1997), winning two bronze medals (1988 Women Teams Olympiad and 1989 Venice Cup).
I had the pleasure of knowing Mary as a friend and teammate and from a personal perspective could best describe her as a brand name chocolate bar: hard on the outside, soft on the inside. She was one of the fiercest competitors ever to play a card for Canada, but with a heart of gold.
Mary was not a shrinking violet. Her loud demeanor and shockingly red hair would never pass for quietness and subtlety. I can still remember like it was yesterday – playing at a sectional in Toronto with my then partner Doug Fox, and Mary and her husband Maurice (Moose) were at the next table. As I am getting ready to move I hear this bellowing; “Mooooose, Moooose, look what’s coming to the table Moose…a Pig and a Fox”.
Mary was a teammate in my first CNTC victory in Montreal in 1993. We were five guys who’d never won anything…..and Mary.
Rest in peace Mary, you’ll be missed.
We're sad to announce that author Ken Allen passed away, on May 24th, 2018, after a determined struggle with Parkinson's.
An exceptional bridge player and bridge mystery author, he will be missed by us all at Master Point Press.
For the complete obituary visit: sootoday.com
The American Bridge Teachers' Association presents a series of awards recognizing excellence in instructional bridge writing. This year a number of Master Point Press titles and authors were awarded and we couldn't be more proud.
Congratulations to Barbara Seagram and David Bird for their 2018 ABTA Shirley Silverman Book of the Year Award for Planning the Play: The Next Level. The Shirley Silverman Book of the Year Award is for the beginner/novice category.
This year we're excited to congratulate Jeff Bayone for winning the first-ever Newcomer Book of the Year Award for A Taste of Bridge. This new category focuses on excellence in bridge writing for newcomers.
Mike Lawrence was awarded the intermediate/advanced category award for his book Judgment at Bridge 2, published by Baron Barclay.
Larry Cohen's Larry Cohen Teaches Bridge, the Video Series, was award the Technology of the Year award.
2018 Award Committee members were Sam Marks, Henry Meguid, Brenda Montague, Karen Walker and Pat Harrington (chair).
Congratulations to Henry Meguid on his win this year. At the American Bridge Teachers' convention in Atlanta, a short video of each teacher in action played before Henry Meguid was awarded his crystal plaque and check. Runners up this year were Bruce Greenspan, from Bonita Springs, FL, Edward Scanlon III, from York, PA, and Jim Ricker from Knoxville, TN.
This year's Teacher of the Year committee was comprised of Barbara Seagram, Joyce Penn, Tina Radding, Kathie Walsh and Chairman Richard Braunstein.
Master Point Press is proud to support the ABTA with this award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, a pursuit so important in sustaining the game and helping it flourish.
Photo credit: Sally Sparrow at bridgeblogging.com
Toronto's Alumnae Theatre Company will be presenting 'Thirteen Hands' by award-winning author Carol Shields starting October 20th, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.
About Thirteen Hands:
Canada's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Carol Shields is behind this witty and vibrant play-cum-musical that explores the nuances of life and womanhood. One of Alumnae's most revered and successful shows, Thirteen Hands returns this season as part of the theatre company's 100th anniversary retrospective series. .
It follows the lives of four women along with their daughters and granddaughters, who find connection and support through a weekly game of bridge. You can read more at alumnaetheatre.com.
To enter our draw for two free tickets to this bridge-themed musical play, email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner will be notified at the end of September.
Photo credit: Alumnae Theatre Company.
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Congratulations to Jacob Schireson of Sanford, CA on his win at the 10th Youth NABC. The Sportsmanship Award is determined by votes from players and directors. Ray Lee, founder of Master Point Press, told the group, "It's not about winning and losing. It's about challenging yourself to play one of the three or four hardest games ever created and having fun doing it. It's important to treat people the way you want to be treated."
The Master Point Press Award includes a $1000 college scholarship.
Photo credit: ACBL Daily Bulletin, Photographer Francesca Canali
We want to wish a happy congratulations to Bill Treble for his win.
The American Bridge Teachers' Association presents "Bridge Book of the Year" awards for beginner to intermediate-level players and advanced-level players. To read about the award ceremony visit bridgeblogging.com for some great pictures and more.
About the book: Just the facts, ma’am. The basics of defense at bridge in eight short, clearly explained lessons, with lots of practical examples. Topics include opening leads, signaling, second- and third-hand play, and discards. Defending at Bridge: A First Course is the first of two in the series. Two-over-One: A First Course covers all aspects of switching over to a 2/1 Game-forcing approach.
I'm sad to announce that David Silver passed away on February 23, 2017, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was a man of wide-ranging interests who will be remembered by many students from his forty-year career teaching literature at Seneca College in Toronto. He was a collector of rare books and first editions, and loved poking through flea markets and used book stores for undiscovered treasures. He enjoyed squash and tennis, and after retirement took the opportunity to travel widely. He had a quick and ready wit, and could never resist an apposite one-liner, even in social situations where the habit occasionally came back to haunt him.
However, his life-long passion was bridge, which he played at an expert level and in which he achieved many tournament successes. In typical self-deprecating fashion, he claimed to have partnered every great player of his generation â€“ once. David's own writings reflected both his love for bridge and his knowledge of literature. His five published books featured his alter ego, â€˜Professor Silver', in humorous pastiches of everything from Sherlock Holmes and Joseph Conrad to The Maltese Falcon and Douglas Coupland, all somehow made plausible in a bridge setting.
His readers often had difficulty distinguishing between the Silver of fiction and the man himself, and he told me of many occasions on his travels where he had been addressed as â€˜Professor Silver' and asked to play, or to solve some abstruse problem.
For the past few months, he had been working on a sixth book, which unfortunately will now never see the light of day.
At the recent Youth NABC in Washington DC, Avery Dyen of Maitland FL was selected by the other players to receive the Master Point Press Sportsmanship Award. Dyen, 18, will soon enroll in the University of South Florida. “I try to be nice and friendly,” she said. “The best experience is meeting people.”
The Master Point Press Award includes a $1000 college scholarship.
Photo and text courtesy of the ACBL Bulletin.
We send our well deserved congratulations to Julian Laderman as this year the International Bridge Press Association presented him with the Alan Truscott Memorial Award for his book Bumplepuppy Days.
The Alan Truscott Award is presented periodically to an individual or organization that, in the opinion of the IBPA Executive, has done something in the world of bridge that Alan would have approved of and appreciated. Alan was an IBPA Executive member, serving as its president from 1981 to 1985 and was the long-time bridge editor of the New York Times.
Well received by many critics, Bumbplepuppy Days traces the development of the game of bridge and demonstrates how the worlds most popular card game came into being.
Congratulations go to David Bird and his book Winning Duplicate Tactics for winning the 2015 American Bridge Teachers' Association Intermediate-Advanced Book of the Year Award!
The American Bridge Teachers' Association also presented Julian Laderman with a Special Recognition award for Bumblepuppy Days: The Evolution from Whist to Bridge.
A special mention goes to Barbara Seagram and David Bird's Bidding at Bridge: a Quizbook, nominated this year for the ABTA Book of the Year Award.
The Rodwell Files was named book of the year. Watch the YouTube.com video of Mark Horton and Eric Rodwell talking about the book and about this award:
Watch the YouTube.com video of Mark Horton and Eric Rodwell talking about their new book::
Bridge With Bells and Whistles by Mary Ann Dufresne and Marion Ellingsen has been awarded the ABTA Book of the Year award at the awards ceremony and banquet this evening at the Royal York hotel in Toronto, ON.
Congratulations to Kathy Walsh, from Hilton Head, South Carolina, who won the 2011 MPP ABTA Teacher of the Year Award! To read about the ceremony and to learn more about Kathy, visit Andre’s Blog.
The 2011 Teacher of the Year, Kathy Walsh, stands surrounded by this year's
7 other top teachers and Linda Lee, from the co-sponsor Master Point Press.
Congratulations to Tina Radding, from Charleston, South Carolina, who won the 2010 MPP ABTA Teacher of the Year Award! To read about the ceremony and to learn more about Tina, visit Linda Lee’s Blog.
Tina Radding (wearing the yellow blouse) surrounded by a group of students
who travelled to New Orleans, confident she would be the winner.
As if you needed more proof that Master Point Press is a purveyor of the highest quality books on bridge! A recently compiled top ten list of recent bridge books has Master Point Press books occupying fully half of the list, and 75% of the notable mentions in several specialized categories …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]
Thursday, May 20, 2010: The American Bridge Teachers Association is proud to announce the eight finalists for its new Teacher of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Master Point Press, the world’s leading bridge book publisher (www.masterpointpress.com). They have been selected from an original sixty-six nominees …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]
On Monday, September 7th, 2009 at the World Bridge Team Championships in São Paulo, Brazil, the International Bridge Press Association presented one of the two awards for Book of the Year to author Ron Klinger. Right Through the Pack Again by Ron Klinger (Orion) has won the award jointly with North of the Master Solvers’ Club: The Bridge Writings of Frank Vine (Master Point Press).
Ray Lee, President of Master Point Press, presenting the IBPA Master Point Press
Book of the Year award to one of the two joint winners, author Ron Klinger. Photo courtesy of duas fotos.
For more information, visit Linda Lee's blog./p>
Not every bridge teacher has authored a bestseller, written a newspaper column, or become well-known enough to receive an entry in the Encyclopedia of Bridge.
Nevertheless, there are many teachers who continue to inspire their students day in and day out, promoting the game in their community and answering any question clearly, concisely and without judgment, whether it’s about Roman Keycard Blackwood or simply, “What’s a finesse?”. Their work too often goes unrecognized, yet it is vital to the future of the game… …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]
Have you heard the recent news from the International Bridge Press Association? North of the Master Solvers’ Club: The Bridge Writings of Frank Vine has tied with Ron Klinger’s Right Through the Pack Again to win the IBPA Book of the Year award for 2009.
Master Point Press is pleased to announce that the following titles have been nominated to receive the International Bridge Press Association Book of the Year award for 2009:
Other books on the short list include:
Read Linda Lee's blog for more information.
Master Point Press is proud to sponsor the Canada Master Point Press Women's Team at the 2009 World Bridge Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil this August/September.
From left to right: Joan Eaton, CBF President Nader Hanna, Kismet Fung, Zone VI Director &
tournament chair Peter Morse, Susan Culham, Barbara Clinton, Pamela Nisbet, Karen Cumpstone
Good Luck team!
Master Point Press is pleased to announce that A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play has been named the ABTA Book of the Year award for 2009. The American Teachers' Bridge Association made the announcement on July 23rd at the ABTA summer conference in Washington, D.C.
Julian Laderman is a New York math professor who writes a regular bridge column in The Bridge Journal. His first book, A Bridge to Simple Squeezes, was also named Book of the Year by the American Bridge Teachers’ Association in 2006.
This August and September, Bridgeblogging.com is holding a contest to pick the winners of the Bermuda Bowl and the d’Orsi Senior Bowl. Everyone who enters will receive a $10.00 gift certificate, plus the two winners will each receive their choice of one of five books.
Visit www.bridgeblogging.com for complete details.
The Aces on Bridge column by Bobby Wolff, which is a daily bridge column that has been appearing daily for over 25 years, is now available online at http://aces.bridgeblogging.com. The column is syndicated by United Feature Syndicate in more than 130 newspapers worldwide. All columns appearing online are posted at least two weeks after the original printed date.
Over 30 titles published electronically, including free and out-of-print titles. Read the press release for full details. …[READ FULL PRESS RELEASE]
Master Point Press is proud to sponsor Canada’s Youth (under 28) team in the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing this October.
From left to right: Team Captain Michael Yuen, David Grainger, David Sabourin,
Erin Anderson, Matthew Mason, Roy Yang Li, and Kai Zhou.
Good Luck team!
The USA team, including 77-year-old Marshall Miles, this week won the World Senior Bridge Championship in Istanbul, overtaking the Netherlands in the very last round. Miles has many national titles in his distinguished career, but this is his first world title.
Master Point Press is delighted to announce that Play or Defend? by Julian Pottage has been named the first winner of the IBPA Bridge Book of the Year award. The International Bridge Press Association made the award public this week at its Annual Meeting, which this year took place in Istanbul, Turkey, alongside the 2004 World Bridge Championships. An international jury of four prominent bridge journalists selected the winner from a short list of six, which included books from the USA, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Hungary. A second MPP title, Kantar on Kontract by Eddie Kantar, was also named to the short list.
Julian Pottage, who lives in England, is generally acknowledged to be one of the world's best creators of bridge problems. Two of his earlier books ( Positive Defense and Positive Declarer Play, both featuring Terence Reese as coauthor) are being released in new editions by MPP this Spring, while a new title Defend these hands with me is in preparation for a 2006 release date.
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