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Alvin Levy
Alvin Levy
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Member Since
Oct. 4, 2011
Last Seen
17 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

A 'rocket' scientist in my previous life, working for Northrop Grumman on Long Island for 33 years after receiving PhD from Columbia University. During that time also taught, lectured, invented, consulted, authored nearly 100 refereed publications, on loan for one year to NASA as a visiting scholar and a short time to Cambridge University, England, as a visiting professor.  Retired in 1998 soon after being elected to the ACBL Board of Directors, representing NYC and Long Island (District 24).

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Unit Board member (Nassau-Suffolk Bridge Association) and District Board member for as long as I can remember...maybe 40 years.  Past President and Tournament Chair.  ACBL Board of Directors, 1996-present, president 2003; WBF Executive Council 2004-present, currently Executive VP and IT chair.  On ACBL I serve as online-bridge coordinator (since 1998).  Trustee of ACBL 401(k) since 2000.

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Originated the World Computer-Bridge Championship in 1997 and have run it annually at a major human championship ever since.  See the official website which I maintain, www.computerbridge.com

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With an eye toward promoting bridge, I published a page of bridge links, titled 'explore the world of bridge on the Internet’ at www.allevybridge.com/allevy/worldofbridge.html/ See the June 2012 Bridge Bulletin and previous Bridge Winners article.

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Led the recent project to completely update the WBF website. On-site coordinator and chair of the organizing committee of the recent World Youth Open Bridge Championships held at the Atlanta NABC. See my summary at www.worldbridge.org/al-levys-summary.aspx

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Took initiative in settling the recent world affair involving the Israeli Venice Cup team qualifier that was blocked from participating in Bali. Working behind the scenes with the Israeli Bridge Federation, the WBF and the Mind Sports Association, the matter was settled.

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Member of ACBL Laws Commission and WBF Laws Committee. Edited the Laws of Rubber Bridge 2014 version in coordination with the Portland Club.

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Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
+7000 against Marty Bergen.
Bridge Accomplishments
winning the Advanced Senior Masters in 1967
Regular Bridge Partners
Beverly, also my partner in life
BBO Username
sartre
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Q and A about Orlando World Bridge Series CoC
The $1600 is for the teams. Pairs are a separate fee. Arrangements for a one-day Swiss event or two one-day Swiss events for eliminated teams from all three categories, for no additional fees, are being planned and will be announced before entries are open in April.
Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
@Steven that is correct. It appears that approximately 5% of the players received at least 1 masterpoint. That will be corrected this time.
Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
thanks for the correction...don't mean to downplay the winner's achievement, but doubt that a title for the winner was the motivation for the large entry...
Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
thousands entered the first event, and I believe there was no title, only masterpoints...and then very few as under 3% of entries won mps.
Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
@Melanie Took a look at Magic the Gathering...good point you make...maybe there is hope that youngsters will play card games... I still think that youngsters are glued to their e-devices, and trick-taking Apps (that lead to bridge playing) would capture a large audience. Also agree about spending too ...
Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
So it's a flawed game. Big deal. Bridge is a slightly flawed game...it's played with cards and partners see each other (when not playing with screens). In some number of years, when bridge is played, at the table, on tablets, the bridge community will amuse themselves by ...
Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
Records of the play can be analyzed. Being found out may deter players from seeking help. Interestingly, an early attempt at online play, e-bridge, tried to play with the players on camera.
Q and A about Orlando World Bridge Series CoC
Drop ins to the Mixed Pairs pay a separate entry fee. Looking into dropping into a Swiss event at no additional fee.
Q and A about Orlando World Bridge Series CoC
It is slightly different. In one case at least one player of the partnership has earned the right to enter the final pair stage. In the cases you mention, one player hasn't played in the teams and the other was eliminated earlier. So no player in the partnership has ...
Q and A about Orlando World Bridge Series CoC
Entry fee for pairs is separate. Looking into a Swiss event for eliminated players/teams to drop into for free.
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