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As I posted in the README file, GIGO - Garbage In Garbage Out
If the raw data is incorrect, so is the generated data.

All the incorrect information comes from the ACBL web site.


winners.csv:1954,Masters Individual,2,F. Ayres Bombeck,,16,0
winners.csv:1954,Open Pairs (1928-1962),2,F. Ayres Bombeck,,,
winners.csv:1948,Marcus Cup,1,F. Ayres Bombeck,,,
winners.csv:1954,Spingold Master Knockout Teams,41674,F. Ayers Bombeck,,,
winners.csv:1953,Spingold Master Knockout Teams,41675,F. Ayers Bombeck,,,

I don't know which is correct spelling. Anyone know?
Someone needs to get the ACBL to update its files.
Looks like this error has gone unnoticed for 60 years.
Spingold different than the other two.

Hong Li Wang
Hongli Wang

4 different versions. I found a couple more.
winners.csv:2014,Machlin Womens Swiss Teams,2,Wang Hongli,,,
winners.csv:2009,Machlin Womens Swiss Teams,2,Hong Li Wang,,,
winners.csv:2014,Wagar Womens Knockout Teams,1,Hongli Wang,,,
world_olympiad_womens_teams.csv:2008,2,Hongli Wang

The World Olympiad is from Wikipedia, the others from ACBL.

Krzystof Buras
Krzysztof Buras

winners.csv:2008,Jacoby Open Swiss,2,Krzysztof Buras,,,
winners.csv:2012,Keohane North American Swiss Teams,2,Krzysztof Buras,,,
winners.csv:2013,Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams,2,Krzystof Buras,,,
winners.csv:2009,NABC+ Open Swiss,1,Krzysztof Buras,,,
world_olympiad_teams.csv:2012,2,Krzysztof Buras

Same issue with ACBL.
2013 Reisinger.

Nicolas L' Ecuyer
Nicolas L'Ecuyer

winners.csv:2009,Lebhar IMP Pairs,1,Nicolas L' Ecuyer,,,
winners.csv:2006,NABC+ Fast Open Pairs,1,Nicolas L'Ecuyer,,,
winners.csv:2010,Silodor Open Pairs,1,Nicolas L'Ecuyer,,,
winners.csv:2009,Wernher Open Pairs,1,Nicolas L'Ecuyer,,,
winners.csv:1997,Jacoby Open Swiss,2,Nicolas L'Ecuyer,,,

Same issue with ACBL.
2009 Lebhar IMPs

Pierre Zimmerman
Pierre Zimmermann

winners.csv:2014,Vanderbilt Knockout Teams,2,Pierre Zimmermann,,,
winners.csv:2010,Vanderbilt Knockout Teams,1,Pierre Zimmerman,,,
winners.csv:2013,Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams,1,Pierre Zimmermann,,,
winners.csv:2012,Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams,1,Pierre Zimmermann,,,
winners.csv:2011,Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams,2,Pierre Zimmermann,,,
winners.csv:2014,Spingold Master Knockout Teams,2,Pierre Zimmermann,,,
winners.csv:2012,Spingold Master Knockout Teams,1,Pierre Zimmermann,,,
winners.csv:2011,Spingold Master Knockout Teams,1,Pierre Zimmermann,,,
world_olympiad_teams.csv:2012,3,Pierre Zimmermann

Same issue with ACBL.
2010 Vanderbilt

Pratap Rajadhyaksha
Pratap Rajadhyksha

winners.csv:2000,Wernher Open Pairs,1,Pratap Rajadhyaksha,,,
winners.csv:2007,Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs,1,Pratap Rajadhyaksha,,,
winners.csv:2001,Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs,2,Pratap Rajadhyaksha,,,
winners.csv:1991,Baldwin NAP Flight A,2,Pratap Rajadhyaksha,,,
winners.csv:1982,Grand National Teams Championship Flight,2,Pratap Rajadhyaksha,,,
winners.csv:2011,Roth Open Swiss,1,Pratap Rajadhyksha,,,
winners.csv:2002,Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams,1,Pratap Rajadhyaksha,,,
winners.csv:2005,NABC+ Open Swiss,2,Pratap Rajadhyaksha,,,

Same issue with ACBL.
2011 Roth

Sjoert Brink
Sojert Brink

winners.csv:2010,Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs,2,Sjoert Brink,,,
winners.csv:2011,Jacoby Open Swiss,2,Sojert Brink,,,
winners.csv:2013,Vanderbilt Knockout Teams,2,Sojert Brink,,,
world_olympiad_teams.csv:2004,2,Sjoert Brink

Same issue with ACBL.
2011 Jacoby, 2013 Vanderbilt.

Wen Fei Wang
Wen Wang
Wenfei Wang

winners.csv:2014,Whitehead Womens Pairs,1,Wen Wang,,,
winners.csv:2014,Machlin Womens Swiss Teams,2,Wen Wang,,,
winners.csv:2009,Machlin Womens Swiss Teams,2,Wen Fei Wang,,,
winners.csv:2014,Wagar Womens Knockout Teams,1,Wenfei Wang,,,
world_olympiad_womens_teams.csv:2008,2,Wenfei Wang

Same issue with ACBL.

Yongmei Zhou
Yongmei Zhpu

winners.csv:2007,Smith Life Master Womens Pairs,2,Yongmei Zhpu,,,
winners.csv:2007,Marsha May Sternberg Womens BAM Teams,1,Yongmei Zhou,,,
Oct. 19, 2014
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I tried to manually do Kerri, but merging everything manually was painful and leading to errors, so I got the computer to do it. I created a mapping from “previous name” to “current name”. This is my list:

# Alternative name, main name
Dorothy Hayden,Dorothy Hayden Truscott
Dorothy Truscott,Dorothy Hayden Truscott
Edith Kemp,Edith Freilich
Edith Seligman,Edith Freilich
Hjordis Eythorsdottir,Disa Eythorsdottir
Jillian Blanchard,Jill Levin
Kathie Wei,Kathie Wei Sender
Kerri Shuman,Kerri Sanborn
Kerri Davis,Kerri Sanborn
Kitty Bethe,Kitty Cooper
Kitty Munson,Kitty Cooper
Kitty Munson-Cooper,Kitty Cooper
Lew Mathe, Lewis L. Mathe
Nevena Deleva,Nevena Senior
Sabine Zenkel,Sabine Auken

If anyone is aware of any other, let me know. I don't need to know every single player that was married/divorced; I'm only interested in players that are in the files that I use to generate this data that have different names when listed as winners of events/awards, or have different names, e.g. Lew Mathe, Edith Freilich.

You will see some non-US players on the list. I now include the following records:

NABC events
NABC Awards - Fishbein, Goren, Herman, Mott-Smith
ACBL Hall of Fame (inc Blackwood, von Zedtwitz), Player of Year, King/Queen of Bridge
WBF - Bermuda, Venice, d'Orsi, Rosenblum, Transnational teams
Buffett Cup
World Pairs
World Olympiad Teams
World Senior Teams

If anyone has more data, or wants to generate more data, let me know. I am still missing a lot of WBF Ids; I only have about 50% of those that have a Wikipedia entry.

Records for all players, in Wikipedia format, are at

All winners of 10+ NABC events should now have a Wikipedia page. There are 131 players.
This list was automatically generated.

If you are going to edit a Wikipedia page on a bridge player, please cut/paste the data that I have generated if it is not on that player's profile. The records I produced list references to the source material.

In total, there are currently 2,484 players. See for the full list.

Note that I am only generating data for players that have won, or finished second, in an NABC event.

Ultimately this is not the best of way of handling all this data. The Wikipedia entries for bridge players' accomplishments should really be generated from a third party source, not manually edited. That's a separate topic for a different group.

I added some obituary information to some of the Wikipedia entries that were created. If you know someone is deceased, and their Wikipedia entry does not mention this, please add.

Oct. 19, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 19, 2014
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Thanks Jan. I took your data, + the data from the current Wikipedia. I now have a separate file that tracks player name to WBF ID.

I have 129 players with 10+ NABCs, 78 WBF IDs. These are the missing players. If someone wants to create a simple CSV file with name,ID I can add:

B. Jay Becker
Tobias Stone
Harry Fishbein
Peter A. Leventritt
Sidney Silodor
George Rapee
Charles J. Solomon
Charles H. Goren
Olive Peterson
Lee Hazen
Waldemar K. von Zedtwitz
David Bruce
Phil Feldesman
Giorgio Duboin
Eric Greco
Geoff Hampson
Chip Martel
Bart Bramley
Bjorn Fallenius
Lynn Deas
Geir Helgemo
Larry N. Cohen
Eddie Wold
John Sutherlin
Hugh Ross
Mike Becker
Dr. Richard H. Katz
Marty Bergen
Peter Boyd
Steve Robinson
Peter Weichsel
Eddie Kantar
Ron Andersen
Thomas K. Sanders
Mary Jane Farell
Chuck Burger
Jimmy Cayne
Jim Jacoby
Eric R. Murray
Lewis L. Mathe
Samuel M. Stayman
Edith Kemp
Theodore A. Lightner
Ruth Sherman
Margaret Wagar
George Jacobs
Fred Hamilton
Michael Seamon
Gaylor Kasle
Rhoda Walsh
George Rosenkranz
Janice Seamon-Molson
Judi Radin
Kerri Sanborn
Mildred Breed
Lisa Berkowitz
Juanita Chambers
Barry Crane
Gail Moss
Nancy Gruver
Helen Utegaard
Peter A. Pender
Sidney H. Lazard
Jill Levin
Alfredo Versace
Petra Hamman
Ed Manfield
Fulvio Fantoni
Kyle Larsen
Harold Harkavy
Jacqui Mitchell
Cheri Bjerkan
Karen McCallum
Shawn Quinn
Jo Morse
Sue Picus
Emma Jean Hawes
Sally Young
Sabine Auken
Mark Lair
Roger Bates
Lynn Baker
Lorenzo Lauria
Adam Zmudzinski
Cezary Balicki
Oct. 18, 2014
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I disambiguated Dan Morse. There is now a separate Wikipedia page for him.

I added Peter Boyd. Someone had previously deleted a “Peter Boyd” on Wikipedia in 2007.

I added Richard H. Katz. No “Dr.” in front.

I added Lynn Baker. Same at Peter, a previous name had been deleted.

For Kerri/Jill/Sabine (+ Kitty), I'm looking for someone to create redirect links for the player and to do the manual merge of the data. They have all won using different names.
Oct. 18, 2014
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Player entries are at

This contains 26 directories, one for each start letter.

These directories contain over 2,400 entries, one for each player. For example:

There are spaces in the file names which may make this a little tricky.

Code is posted at

As I add more results, I'll update the results directories.

For Wiki-editors, you should be able to cut/paste from these files to the Bridge Accomplishments section of someone's biography.
Oct. 17, 2014
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Oops. My bad. I was making too many assumptions. ACBL lists Larry Cohen, Larry N. Cohen. Wikipedia has Larry T. Cohen, which I may assume is Larry Cohen. But my program ain't that smart so it sees 3 Larrys.
Oct. 17, 2014
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I've added von Zedtwitz award, Blackwood award to the list of awards that people can get. I will put the source code + generated data on GitHub so that others can cut/paste entries. As I get more data, e.g. Venice Cup, dOrsi, I can add to the script and the auto-generated Wikipedia entries. But someone else will need to start cut/paste into Wikipedia. Fingers are starting to wear out.

The tea-cup storm appears to be over, so approximately 100+ new entries on Wikipedia for Duplicate bridge players. Now ‘we’ need to start adding more biographical information on these players.
Oct. 17, 2014
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Lew Mathe already got fixed by someone else on Wikipedia. I think the same with Eric.

Christal/Rich/,Janice/Karen are all new, so if you want to create the correct page for them. They are all still alive (last time I checked) so should probably check with them on what the “official” name they want to be listed as. I'd prefer that we didn't put the initials in the name unless ambiguous within bridge (Larry Cohen). But that's the original source.

I have a script that can take a Wikpedia entry, e.g. Bob Hamman and convert it to a Wikipedia link, e.g. []. But it does not know about ambiguity, if there is a tool to do this on Wikipedia, let me know.

If you can fix the rest, that would be great. Not very good on the Wiki redirect stuff.
Oct. 17, 2014
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I fixed Jan Martel. Was doing it before I saw this post. There is another Jan Martel (deceased French sculptor) already on Wikipedia. If anyone deserves a Wikipedia entry, it's Jan so it is there now (and I updated my list above).

Yes, my program is dumb, it doesn't know pre-existing Wikipedia names. It's very time-consuming to dis-ambiguate (is that a word?) on Wikipedia. My program thinks that Larry Cohen, Larry N. Cohen, and Larry T. Cohen are 3 separate people. While ACBL still lists them that way, it's GIGO.

There's a limit to my hours on this project; for Bill Pollack, someone will need to go through and create a disambiguation page. Ron Rubin is the template I was using for disambiguation (though you can use Jan Martel now as well).
Oct. 17, 2014
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Wikipedia has strong rules on editing entries for living people as opposed to deceased people. For example, Bob Hamman, Meckwell, Zia all have Wikipedia entries. All that I have listed is their Bridge accomplishments, which is generally available information anyway. I agree that private information on them should not be listed.
Oct. 17, 2014
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>It is possible to have the directors on the floor talking to and controlling ACBLscore with their tablet or phone

Not really. ACBLscore is a monolithic, single-threaded, non-networked application with code that directly controls the screen and/or keyboard at times. The DB design does not allow for multiple writes from different source. Trying to make ACBLscore networked, or multi-threaded, or multi-user, or anything but Windows, is a lot of work. Refactoring this code, as you suggest, is a lot of work. The board's requirements were that anything new use a SQL database, which would have been a significant re-write of ACBLscore.
Oct. 17, 2014
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If someone wants to create a Wikipedia page for the Marcus Cup.
Oct. 17, 2014
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List of Wikipedia pages. Most of these are new pages, but not all. If you can add some information/source material on any of the following, please do so. (yes, there is another Jan Martel!)
Oct. 17, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 21, 2014
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Update: Many thanks for everyone's help.

I posted over 100 biographies on Wikipedia over the last 2 days. My general criteria was 10+ NABC wins though I did post some that had fewer. There are ~129 players in that group. There are ~292 players with 5+ wins. These are approximate, there may be some players with different names/spellings.

I think I have most (all?) of the NABC events. I added the Goren/Mott-Smith/Herman trophy. I added ACBL Hall of Fame, King/Queen of Bridge as “Awards”. I added the WBF Open Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Bermuda Bowl. I manually created CSV files for all of these, then have software that can parse the data, merge them all together and create a Wiki page. It is certainly possible I made mistakes as lots of hand-editing of the data.

If there was an existing biography, I did not edit it, except for a couple of players.

Posting 100+ new entries on Wikipedia “flagged” me. Some biographies were set for “Speedy Deletion”. Lew Stansby was “speedy deleted”. Sam Stayman was another. Reason was "person … who is important or significant“ or ”no claim of importance“. It's created a little teacup storm at Wikipedia. Both were added back. The approximate 100+ new biographies do need a little work (another Wiki comment). In order for these to not be all ”deleted“, I request a little help from this broader crowd. Basically the more little edits anyone can make (you do not need to a registered Wikipedia user to edit a Wikipedia file) to these new files, the more likely the entire group of biographies I just posted will remain up as a group.

I'm going to post the list of players that I created a profile for, or edited an existing profile. If you know the player, or want to do a little research and update the Profile, here's what's needed.

1. I listed ”XYZ is a bridge player“. If they have died, needs changing to ”was“. Also update the template (edit the file to see the template) on the year that they were born and/or died. Template is at the end of the file. I did not do any research on the Encyclopedia of Bridge or any other web site. Adding this biographic information will help. I did not want to assume anyone was dead, though players winning tournaments in the 1930s probably are. If you add something that they died, please make sure that you source the material. Cut/paste the existing source citations with the Wiki file.

2. I have an ”Early Life" section for all players. This needs SOME information added to it. Writing 2BD was not good (flagged by Wikipedia). If you know anything about someone's early life, please add it. If you are editing the page, please write something, anything. But leave the Early Life in, just replace the 2BD with some wording.

3. Sourcing material. If you can find anything on the Internet about some of these players, please add and cite the material. For example, Seymon Deutsch was speedy-deleting by Wikipedia until someone pointed out there was a NY Times Obituary on him. Someone needs to add these types of references to the various entries.

4. Google them. See what comes up. Add some reference to something of value. The more references, the better.

5. If they have a Blue Ribbon entry, please edit this. The reference currently reads:

<ref>{{cite news
| title = Blue Ribbon Winners
| author =
| publisher = American Contract Bridge League
| url =
| page = 5
| date = 7
| accessdate = 2014-10-17 }}</ref>

The date field needs changing from

| date = 7


| date = 2013-12-03

My mistake when I created the file, but I would have to manually edit every entry to correct.

Someone asked me why I was doing this. No good reason. I did a couple of Wiki pages a few years ago, e.g. Richard Freeman because he was in my Unit. It made sense that someone co-ordinate all the information (wins/runners-up) in one place, and automatically generate that information instead of having to manually research it for each player. Maybe that's why there is so little on bridge players on Wikipedia - it is a lot of mindless research to get their accomplishments in one place. I had a little volunteer time this week, have been intending to do this project for the last 3 years, so finally did it.

If you want to add a page for someone who is not already listed, let me know. I have now biographies on 2,483 bridge players. Most are not worthy of Wikipedia entries.

I'm still looking for some volunteer help. Someone needs to (manually) merge the data for the players with multiple names - Edith/Kitty/Kerri etc. I have the page(s), will be happy to send them to someone to merge so that they can post on Wikipedia. It's a bit more work because you have to edit every reference to their various names on Wikipedia to point to the correct page. If you are interested, let me know, will get you the files. Certainly all 3 deserve to be on Wikipedia.

Also, some player's name are disambiguous, e.g. Charles Coon. He won 6 NABCs, runner up in Bermuda Bowl. There are already 2 Charles Coons on Wikipedia. To create a person with the same name is a little extra work with editing the links to their name. If you want to volunteer to do that, I can give you the Wikipedia entry for that player. I do not have a list of who they all are.

I'm probably done with this project for the moment. It did take a few hours. I may post the code on GitHub or somewhere similar so that others can use the same code/concepts. Very simply I have a variety of CSV files, some tools that read those CSV files, then write out a biography of everyone in the files. Currently that's over 2,000 people. It is easy for me to add new data sources, e.g. I don't have the Cavendish, or other WBF events. If someone wants to create that data, and send it to me, I can always add it. Long term, I may look at posting the results that I have so that someone can easily add/edit it to Wikipedia.

I do have someone trying to get me the WBF database from source (helpful friends in China). If I get that then I will manually edit the various pages.

Oct. 17, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 17, 2014
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I currently have no WBF IDs. We do have a list of names. There may be some on the current Wikipedia pages. Am trying to find volunteers to do this other stuff, as I've already committed to doing step #2 listed above.
Oct. 16, 2014
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I don't have any WBF numbers (note it's not their WBF number we want, but their DB Id, I think they may be different. It's to use the Wikipedia tag (example below)
* {{WBFpeople|3778|Richard Freeman}}

I automatically add that line to the file, but need the mapping from name.

If we assume that we have no names, then may be easier to get them all, because this way we can double check the numbers that are already there.

The list of names that Alan posts is probably a good starting point.

I've just added code to do the ACBL Hall of Fame ID, which is somewhat similar. So as soon as you can get this done, I can add the code that will do the automatic addition of this information.

The more I can get into the first pass of someone's entry in Wikipedia, the more likely Wikipedia will not auto-delete the entry.

Oct. 16, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 16, 2014
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Help: Find the WBF entries for all of the players. This is a little time consuming. Alan has 284 players on the Wiki page.

I'm looking for an Excel spreadsheet (or CSV file) that has columns

Name|WBF ref #

Example: if you see Bob Hamman's Wiki entry:
Go to the end under references, his WBF query URL is

I need to get the last number, i.e. 3774, for each of the players, if they have a WBF number.

To do this, go to
Type in a player's name, e.g. Silodor. Click on Find Person. Hover over their name, the qryid number should show up. Silodor is 15523.

So the Excel spreadsheet would be

Sidney Silodor,15523
Bob Hamman,3774


Certainly time consuming, it someone wants to get the first 50 names on Alan's list, create the file, we can go from there.
Oct. 16, 2014
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Help: identify the various people with multiple names. I don't know them all. This work has happened already on this thread. Please add comments to the list. I also need to know what the person's last name, or the name that they should be listed as.

I will probably ask someone to create the Wikipedia entries for these people because it becomes a manual merge of the data I have. I can get you the individual data.

From above:

Kitty Cooper/Munson/Bethe
Edith Seligman/Kemp/Freilich (two entries as Freilich)
Jillian Blanchard
Dorothy Truscott
Kerri Sanborn
Oct. 16, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 16, 2014
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Help: The Wikipedia entries for the Fishbein, Mott-Smith, Goren trophies need updating. They are about 3 years old. Should be about 15 minutes worth of work. Please update the reference page for these as well, i.e. find the last ACBL Bulletin where the list is published. I want to include this Honor in the script I use. All I need help with is someone to do the research, and publish it.
Oct. 16, 2014
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Update: Thank you everyone for your help with step #1. I have now done step #2. I can automatically create entries for Wikipedia. I have 269 names that have won 5 or more NABC titles, 2,387 players in total. I added some of the names last night (probably added about 30). Example:

Please do NOT edit of any these recent Wikipedia entries. What is happening now is that the entries are being tagged, and I'm iteratively learning what is going to be needed to get these entries “approved”. Based on some of the auto-feedback, I am going to modify my script so that it adds external references. This will help them get “approved”. I'm also iteratively changing the links that I generate. I am going to re-run the script that generates these entries with these various improvements and plan on overwriting what is there. In other words, if you edit any page at the moment, it will get overwritten.

I also wrote a script that would take the winners for an event listed in Wikipedia, and automatically create links for all players that have 5+ wins. I'm running that script on the Winners list of NABC events as I find them.

I still need some help, the more information I can have that is in an Excel type format, the more I can automate everything. I'm going to post what I need help with on separate post so that someone can volunteer to get it done, email me (or post on Wikipedia like Alan has done), and we can cross if off the list.

After we get all that done, I will let everyone know, and you can then add the personal information for all of these players.
Oct. 16, 2014

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