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Sidney Lazard 1930 – 2015

Famed bridge player and senior statesman Sidney Lazard passed away today at his home in Dallas, Texas. While his success at the bridge table is well-known, his friends remember him more for his strong moral character, his many entertaining stories, and, of course, his amazing ability to visualize hands.

Among his many contributions to bridge, Lazard founded the Lazard Sportsmanship Award in memory of his son, Sidney Lazard, Jr., who died in 1999. Each year a committee selects one competitor who has distinguished himself or herself with class, dignity, graciousness, and generosity in victory. Steve Weinstein, the chairman of the selection committee, commented, “Sidney was always a delight to work with. His ability to keep the committee focused on the important aspects of sportsmanship was inspiring.”

Bart Bramley, his most recent partner, stated, “Sidney is the greatest man I have ever known. My greatest thrill was winning the Blue Ribbon Pairs with him in 2002.” Another of Lazard's long-time friends, Steve Beatty,commented, “The bridge world has lost one of its great contributors and a good friend to many of us. I always enjoyed Sidney’s discussions on the human side of bridge. My favorite story came in his early career when, after watching someone declare a hand, he almost quit because he didn’t believe he could ever become that good.”

Lazard partnered with many of the early bridge greats including Edgar Kaplan and Norman Kay, over a career where he won national and international championships in six different decades including the Reisinger in 1960 and in 1997.

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