Alan Sontag

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Alan M. Sontag (born 1946) is an American bridge player and writer. Although he is a six-time world champion in contract bridge, winning the prestige Bermuda Bowl twice, Sontag is best known as the author of The Bridge Bum, a book "on everybody's list of the top ten bridge books ever written."[1][clarification needed]

Bridge career[edit]

Among his other victories are the Rosenblum Cup, Transnational Open Teams, Senior Bowl, numerous North American Bridge Championships, and twice winning the London Sunday Times and Cavendish Invitational Pairs.[2] In 1973, he and Steve Altman became the first American players to win the Sunday Times Pairs, at the time the premier invitational tournament in the world.[3] Two years later, Sontag returned to London and won the tournament again, this time with Peter Weichsel,[3] with whom he formed one of the strongest partnerships in the world from the 1970s until 2005.[2] The two were partners in 1983 Bermuda Bowl tournament in Stockholm, when the United States defeated Italy in one of its most exciting final matches.[3] Sontag returned to the final in 2001, in Paris, where team captain Rose Meltzer became the first woman to win the Bermuda Bowl winner.[3] Meltzer teams including Sontag won the odd-years Senior Bowl in 2005 and 2007, the open Rosenblum Cup in 2006.[4] (During this time Weichsel and Kyle Larsen have been Meltzer's partners in international competition.)[5]

Sontag was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2007.[6][7]


Sontag was born in New York City. He and his wife, Robin, live in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with their son Robert.[2]

Widely regarded as one of the fastest players in the world,[3][7] he is known by his nickname Sonty.[2]

Bridge accomplishments[edit]


  • ACBL Hall of Fame, 2007[6]


  • John E. Simon Award (Sportsman of the Year) 1974





  1. ^ The Bridge Bum. Master Point Press.[full citation needed]
  2. ^ a b c d "Meltzer Team". United States Bridge Federation. [2009]. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sontag, Alan". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
  4. ^ "Alan Sontag". WBF. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  5. ^ "Rose Meltzer". WBF. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  6. ^ a b "Induction by Year". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
  7. ^ a b "Bridge: 3 Champions Take Bows in Nashville". Phillip Alder. The New York Times. July 21, 2007.

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