All authors available from Master Point Press

Below is a complete list of all authors from Master Point Press

Sacco, Maurizio Di

Maurizio Di Sacco is an expert player and WBF Chief Tournament Director. In his role as Operations Director for the World Bridge Federation, he is responsible for successful event organization at the highest levels of international competition, and trains countless directors to world class standards. Maurizio writes regularly for Italian and international publications.

Schoenborn, Michael

(Toronto) has represented Canada several times in world championships, having won both the Canadian Team Championships and the Canadian Senior Team Championships. While he has been a prolific contributor to bridge magazines in Canada over the years, this is his first book.

Schogger, Harold

Harold Schogger (UK) has been teaching and writing about bridge for more than 40 years. His previous books include Bridge for Winners.

Seagram, Barbara

Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Canada) ran one of the largest and most successful bridge clubs and bridge schools in N. America. After selling the club in 2007, she now concentrates solely on teaching and organizing her popular bridge cruises. An ABTA Master Teacher, Barbara has been involved in many of MPP's most successful titles, most notably 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. With more than 200,000 copies in print in English alone, this book is the bestselling bridge title since Charles Goren was writing in the 1950s. It has been translated into Japanese, French, Danish and German.

Secelle, Hans

HANS SECELLE (Schelderode, Belgium) is an expert chess and shogi player who turned to bridge in 1991. Having taken an interest in 18th and 19th century card games, he decided to investigate the transition from short whist to contract bridge and published his first book, Bridge — The history of a card game, in 2014. As his research continued, blind spots were dentified, errors were corrected and more missing links were discovered, to the extent that reworking his first book became an absolute necessity.

Senior, Brian

Brian Senior (formerly Editor of <em>International Popular Bridge Monthly</em>) is a successful international player and bridge journalist. He is the author of several books, a regular contributor to bridge magazines around the world, and publisher of the annual book of the World Bridge Championships.

Sharif, Omar

Omar Sharif (1932-2015) Although better known as a film actor, Omar Sharif played bridge at the highest levels, including two World Championships. "Acting is my business, but bridge is my passion."

Sheinwold, Alfred

One of the world's foremost bridge columnists, authors and analysts, Alfred (Freddy) Sheinwold is best known for a writing career that spanned nearly seven decades. Of Sheinwold's many popular books, the most successful, 5 Weeks to Winning Bridge, has gone through many editions and sold more than a million copies.

Shenkin, Barnet

Barnet Shenkin (USA) was born in Glasgow into a bridge-playing family. He has won every major event in the UK, including the prestigious Sunday Times pairs event (with Michael Rosenberg). He has represented Scotland, Britain and the USA in international events with success. He moved to the USA in 1997, and has since won three National titles. He now concentrates on teaching bridge and writing about the game.

Shute, Jonathan

JONATHAN SHUTE (Sackville, NB) is well known in Atlantic Canada as a bridge player (Gold Life Master), teacher, and writer. He believes wholeheartedly that bridge should be a fun game, and strongly supports the concept of Zero Tolerance for impolite behavior. Jonathan has a degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and is a retired Business Administrator.

Silberstein, Sue and Alan

Sue and Alan have almost 150 years of combined experience playing Canasta. Sue started playing when she was ten and Alan began playing at age thirteen when his mother needed a fill-in for her regular game. After working and raising their children, Sue and Alan retired to South Florida, where they started teaching Canasta to their friends. Eventually, they turned their hobby into a business to help everyone play this fun and social game with confidence. However, they noticed that players often picked and chose which rules to follow. As a result, in 2012, Sue and Alan founded the Canasta League of America (CLA) and began to standardize the regulations for playing Canasta. In addition, the CLA provided a place for members to receive newsletters, supplies, event information and playing advice. Under Sue and Alan’s direction and expertise, the CLA produced a rule book that became the standard for Modern Canasta. Subsequently, they authored a strategy book. Shortly after that, they developed the concept of a Canasta App. By 2015, the first edition of Canasta Junction (CJ) was released for Apple, Android, Kindle, Mac and PC devices. After additional testing and further development, CJ became the Official App of the Canasta League. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the app saw viral success and was listed in Apple’s Top Ten Card Games for over eighteen months. In late 2020, Sue and Alan sold their interests in CLA and CJ to 52 Entertainment, a leading e-gaming company. However, they have remained on board as consultants and recognized experts in Canasta. They continue to contribute content to the CLA newsletters, advise on enhancements to the CJ app, test new versions and work on other Canasta innovations. Sue and Alan have taught over 5,000 players in person and on Zoom. In addition, they continue to encourage Canasta enthusiasts to socialize, challenge themselves and have fun through the various Canasta avenues they created, including the Canasta League of America, Canasta Junction and Canasta University.

Silver, David

David Silver (1935-2017) is known for his hilarious tales of life as an educator, and for literary classics retold in a bridge setting. For more than twenty years, his wickedly witty bridge writings have appeared in the page of such publications as The New York Times, the ACBL Bulletin, The Kibitzer, and Canadian Master Point. 

Smith, Marc

Marc Smith (Southampton, UK) is the author, with Barbara Seagram, of the world's best-selling bridge book in the past sixty years, 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know. He has written many other bridge books and played successfully in several international championships. He is a popular online bridge teacher, conducting many classes at all levels of play.

Smith, Nick

Nick Smith (Oxford, UK)is a Grand Master and England international as well as the author of numerous novels and plays. Among his books are Bridge Literature, More Bridge Literature, Bridge and the Romantics and, with Julian Pottage, Bridge Behind Bars.

Smith, Harry

Harry Smith (Scone, Scotland) has represented Scotland in both the Open and Senior Teams. As NPC, he captained the Senior Team to a European Bronze Medal in Dublin in 2012, and to the quarterfinal of the World Championships in Bali the following year, the story of which is told in Scotland’s Senior Moment.

Solow, Daniel

DANIEL SOLOW has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University. He has been a professor in the Department of Operations at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio since 1978. He is still active in research, bridge, and life.

Soloway, Paul

Paul Soloway (1941-2007) was by some distance the ACBL's leading master point holder at the time of his death. One of the dominant American players of his generation, he won more than 30 national titles as well as five world championship gold medals, and four world silver medals. A member of the Dallas Aces in the 1970s, he had long-term bridge partnerships with Bobby Goldman and Bob Hamman, playing with the latter on the famous Nickell team in the 1990&#8217;s.

Sontag, Alan

Alan Sontag has won three World Team Championships and numerous National titles, and has also written a number of technical books on bidding and play. He will nevertheless be remembered in bridge history as the author of The Bridge Bum.

Stark, Andy

Andy Stark (Toronto, Canada) is a bridge player by avocation and an ESL teacher by profession. He is an expert player, whose wins include the Grand National Teams Championship.

Stewart, Frank

Frank Stewart is one of the most distinguished bridge writers and journalists in North America, with over twenty books to his credit. A major contributor to the Official Encyclopedia of Bridge and a regular writer for the ACBL Bulletin, he is perhaps best-known today as the author of the nationally-syndicated 'Daily Bridge Club' daily newspaper column. He lives in Fayette, Alabama.

Straguzzi, Nick

Nick Straguzzi of Mullica Hill, NJ, is a software analyst specializing in artificial intelligence and knowledge management. Nick has researched ways in which computer game theory could be applied to bridge, but concluded that it would be far easier to write about a perfect bridge-playing computer than to actually build one.