David Bruce (bridge)
David Bruce (May 5, 1900 – August 26, 1965) was a leading tournament contract bridge player of the 1930s.
Born David Burnstine in New York City, he became Life Master #1 at the age of 36, regularly playing out of the Contract Bridge Club of New York. Burnstine was a member of the Four Horsemen team captained by P. Hal Sims and later left to create his own teams, the Bid-Rite team and subsequently the Four Aces. The Four Aces dominated tournament play in the later half of the 1930s.
- Won 26 national titles by 1936, the year the rank of Life Master was established;
- Vanderbilt tournament victories came as a member of the Four Horsemen team in 1931 and the Four Aces team in 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938;
- three wins in the Spingold - 1934, 1936 and 1938;
- first-place finish in the first official World Championship in 1935
- won the American Whist League (AWL) All-American Open Teams four times: 1932 (Contract); 1931, 1932 and 1933 (Auction);
- won the United States Bridge Association (USBA) Open Teams in 1934 and 1937, the Open Pairs 1936
- won the American Bridge League's (ABL) Challenge Teams in 1931, 1933 and 1937.
- — (1932). The Four Horsemen's One Over One Method of Contract Bidding. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, Inc.
- The Four Aces System of Contract Bridge (1935) was co-written with other members of the team.
- invention of the strong artificial 2♣ opening, still used by the majority of tournament players; and
- creation of intermediate two-bids in the other suits, a prominent feature of the modern-day Acol system.
- Manley, Brent, Editor; Horton, Mark, Co-Editor; Greenberg-Yarbro, Tracey, Co-Editor; Rigal, Barry, Co-Editor (2011). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge - Biographies and Results (compact disk) (7th ed.). Horn Lake, MS: American Contract Bridge League. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-939460-99-1.
- ACBL Hall of Fame citation