Vanderbilt Trophy

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The trophy is awarded for the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams national bridge championship held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

The Vanderbilt is a knock-out team event. The event typically lasts seven days with each day being a round consisting of two sessions of 32 boards. The event is open and seeded.

History[edit]

The history of the prestigious contest began in 1928 when the inventor of modern contract bridge, Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, put the trophy bearing his name into play. The winners list is a who's who of bridge – including Vanderbilt himself, a winner in 1932 and 1940.

Winners receive replicas of the trophy, a practice initiated by Vanderbilt from the first running, and perpetuated under the terms of his will by a $100,000 trust fund that the ACBL administers. ACBL Headquarters in Horn Lake, Mississippi, displays replicas donated by the families of Caroline Taylor, who won the Vanderbilt in 1928, and Helen Sobel Smith, a Vanderbilt winner in 1944 and 1945 as Helen Sobel.

The Vanderbilt was contested annually in New York, as a separate championship, until it became part of the ACBL spring North American Bridge Championships in 1958.

Winners[edit]

Four Vanderbilt Cup champions have successfully defended the title without change in personnel (intact), on five occasions: 1938, 1945, 1956–57, and 1976. The triple winners from 1955 to 1957 were B. Jay Becker, John R. Crawford, George Rapée, Howard Schenken, Sidney Silodor, of whom Becker and Silodor were the 1944–45 winners with Charles Goren and Helen Sobel.

Vanderbilt Trophy teams-of-four, 1928 to present
Year Winners Runners-up
1928 1/2. Ralph Richards, Gratz Scott, Edwin Wetzlar, Wilbur Whitehead

1/2. Abraham Brown, Mrs. Sidney Lovell, Caroline Taylor, Nils Wester

1929 Michael T. Gottlieb, Lee Langdon, Jean Mattheys, Harry Raffel Ralph Leibenderfer, Gratz Scott, Edwin Wetzlar, Wilbur Whitehead
1930 Ely Culbertson, Josephine Culbertson, Theodore Lightner, Waldemar von Zedtwitz 2/3. Winfield Liggett, Walter Malowan, George Reith, Howard Schenken

2/3. Huber Boscowitz, Oswald Jacoby, Willard Karn, P. Hal Sims

1931 David Burnstine, Oswald Jacoby, Willard Karn, P. Hal Sims Walter Malowan, Jean Mattheys, Howard Schenken, Sherman Stearns
1932 Willard Karn, P. Hal Sims, Harold Vanderbilt, Waldemar von Zedtwitz David Burnstine, Richard L. Frey, Charles Lochridge, Howard Schenken
1933 Phil Abramsohn, Benjamin Feuer, Francis Rendon, Sydney Rusinow Mitch Barnes, Richard L. Frey, Sam Fry, Louis H. Watson
1934 David Burnstine, Richard L. Frey, Michael T. Gottlieb, Oswald Jacoby, Howard Schenken Huber Boscowitz, Charles Goren, Charles Lochridge, Johnny Rau
1935 David Burnstine, Michael T. Gottlieb, Oswald Jacoby, Howard Schenken, Sherman Stearns Sam Fry, Edward Hymes Jr., Merwyn Maier, Louis H. Watson
1936 Phil Abramsohn, Irving Epstein, Harry Fishbein, Fred Kaplan Walter Beinicke, Charles Goren, Lee Langdon, Jean Mattheys
1937 David Burnstine, Oswald Jacoby, Merwyn Maier, Howard Schenken, Sherman Stearns B. Jay Becker, Theodore Lightner, Charles Lochridge, Harold Vanderbilt, Waldemar von Zedtwitz
1938 David Burnstine, Oswald Jacoby, Merwyn Maier, Howard Schenken, Sherman Stearns B. Jay Becker, Edward Hymes Jr., Theodore Lightner, Charles Lochridge, Waldemar von Zedtwitz
1939 Melville Alexander, Sigmund Dornbusch, Syl Gintell, Lee Hazen, Harry Raffel Wingate Bixby, Theodore Lightner, Robert McPherran, Mrs. S. W. Peck
1940 Edward Hymes Jr., Charles Lochridge, Robert McPherran, Harold Vanderbilt, Waldemar von Zedtwitz Al Brodsky, Louis Lipschitz, Herbert Rosenzweig, Alexander Schultz
1941 John R. Crawford, Myron Fuchs, Robert McPherran, Sherman Stearns B. Jay Becker, Oswald Jacoby, Theodore Lightner, Merwyn Maier, Howard Schenken
1942 Lester Bachner, Sigmund Dornbusch, Richard L. Frey, Lee Hazen, Sam Stayman Sam Fry, Benedict Jarmel, George Rapée, Helen Sobel
1943 Harry Fagin, Harry Fishbein, Fred Kaplan, Alvin Roth, Tobias Stone Phil Abramsohn, Morrie Elis, E. O. Keller, Charles Van Vleck, Waldemar von Zedtwitz
1944 B. Jay Becker, Charles Goren, Sidney Silodor, Helen Sobel Richard L. Frey, Lee Hazen, Charles Lochridge, George Rapée, Sam Stayman
1945 B. Jay Becker, Charles Goren, Sidney Silodor, Helen Sobel Edward Hymes Jr., Theodore Lightner, Howard Schenken, Sam Stayman, Waldemar von Zedtwitz
1946 John R. Crawford, Oswald Jacoby, George Rapée, Howard Schenken, Sam Stayman Samuel Katz, Bertram Lebhar Jr., Peter Leventritt, Simon Rossant, Waldemar von Zedtwitz
1947 David Clarren, Harry Feinberg, Harry Fishbein, Larry Hirsch, Joseph Low Lee Hazen, Samuel Katz, Bertram Lebhar Jr., Peter Leventritt
1948 Robert Appleyard, Jay T. Feigus, William Lichtenstein, Harry Sonnenblick, Albert Weiss Ambrose Casner, Herman Goldberg, Fred Hirsch, Mrs. Ira Strasser, Albert Wolfe
1949 Morrie Elis, Harry Fishbein, Lee Hazen, Larry Hirsch, Charles Lochridge B. Jay Becker, Myron Field, Charles Goren, Oswald Jacoby, Helen Sobel
1950 John R. Crawford, George Rapée, Howard Schenken, Sidney Silodor, Sam Stayman B. Jay Becker, Myron Field, Charles Goren, Helen Sobel
1951 B. Jay Becker, John R. Crawford, George Rapée, Sam Stayman Barry Cohen, Jack Hancock, Emmanuel Hochfeld, Gloria Turner, Hortense Evans
1952 Ned Drucker, Irvin Kass, Sidney Mandell, Milton Moss, Jesse Sloan B. Jay Becker, John R. Crawford, George Rapée, Howard Schenken, Sam Stayman
1953 Richard Kahn, Edgar Kaplan, Peter Leventritt, William Lipton, Ruth Sherman Myron Field, Charles Goren, Alvin Roth, Sidney Silodor, Helen Sobel
1954 Kalman Apfel, Francis Begley, Ned Drucker, Sidney Mandell, Milton Moss Morrie Elis, Stanley Fenkel, Simon Rossant, Peggy Solomon, Charles Solomon
1955 B. Jay Becker, John R. Crawford, George Rapée, Howard Schenken, Sidney Silodor Charles Goren, Boris Koytchou, Peter Leventritt, Harold Ogust, Helen Sobel
1956 B. Jay Becker, John R. Crawford, George Rapée, Howard Schenken, Sidney Silodor Leonard Hess, Jane Jaeger, Lewis Jaeger, William M. Lichtenstein, Joseph Low
1957 B. Jay Becker, John R. Crawford, George Rapée, Howard Schenken, Sidney Silodor Rudolf Bortstiber, Raoul Lichtenstein, Ozzie Ray, Moe Rubenfeld
1958 Harry Fishbein, Sam Fry, Leonard Harmon, Lee Hazen, Ivar Stakgold Ralph Hirschberg, Richard Kahn, Edgar Kaplan, Norman Kay, Alfred Sheinwold, Charles Solomon
1959 B. Jay Becker, John R. Crawford, Norman Kay, George Rapée, Sidney Silodor, Tobias Stone Charles Goren, Paul Hodge, Peter Leventritt, Harold Ogust, Howard Schenken, Helen Sobel
1960 John R. Crawford, Norman Kay, Sidney Silodor, Tobias Stone Russell Arnold, Edith Kemp, Robert Reynolds, William Seamon, Albert Weiss, Waldemar von Zedtwitz
1961 Charles Coon, Robert Jordan, Eric Murray, Arthur Robinson Ollie Adams, Harold Guiver, Eddie Kantar, Marshall Miles, Ron Von der Porten
1962 Larry Kolker, Carolyn Levitt, Jerry Levitt, Garrett Nash, George de Runtz Charles Goren, Boris Koytchou, Peter Leventritt, Harold Ogust, Howard Schenken, Helen Sobel
1963 Harold Harkavy, Edith Kemp, Alvin Roth, Clifford Russell, William Seamon, Albert Weiss Harold Guiver, Lew Mathe, Erik Paulsen, Ron Von der Porten, Edward Taylor
1964 Bob Hamman, Eddie Kantar, Don Krauss, Peter Leventritt, Lew Mathe, Howard Schenken B. Jay Becker, Ivan Erdos, Dorothy Hayden, Kelsey Petterson, Helen Portugal, Morris Portugal
1965 Philip Feldesman, John Fisher, James Jacoby, Oswald Jacoby, Ira Rubin, Albert Weiss Bobby Jordan, Edgar Kaplan, Norman Kay, Boris Koytchou, George Rapée, Arthur Robinson
1966 Philip Feldesman, Bob Hamman, Sami Kehela, Lew Mathe, Ira Rubin Billy Eisenberg, Ivan Erdos, Bobby Goldman, Leonard Harmon, Tobias Stone
1967 James Jacoby, Mike Lawrence, Lew Mathe, Bobby Nail, Ron Von der Porten, Lew Stansby Sidney Lazard, Peter Leventritt, Paul Levitt, George Rapée, Howard Schenken
1968 Bobby Jordan, Edgar Kaplan, Norman Kay, Arthur Robinson, Bill Root, Alvin Roth Bob Hamman, Eddie Kantar, Ira Rubin, Gerald Westheimer
1969 Gerald Hallee, Paul Soloway, John Swanson, Richard Walsh Philip Feldesman, Victor Mitchell, Ira Rubin, Sam Stayman, Tobias Stone, Gerald Westheimer
1970 Edgar Kaplan, Norman Kay, Sami Kehela, Sidney Lazard, Eric Murray, George Rapée Billy Eisenberg, Bobby Goldman, Bob Hamman, Jim Jacoby, Mike Lawrence, Bobby Wolff
1971 Billy Eisenberg, Bobby Goldman, Bob Hamman, Jim Jacoby, Mike Lawrence, Bobby Wolff Chuck Burger, Eddie Kantar, Kyle Larsen, Ron Von der Porten, Ira Rubin, Paul Soloway
1972 Steven Altman, Eugene Neiger, Thomas Smith, Alan Sontag, Joel Stuart, Peter Weichsel Jack Blair, Fred Hamilton, Howard Perlman, Paul Swanson
1973 Mark Blumenthal, Bobby Goldman, Bob Hamman, Mike Lawrence, Bobby Wolff; Ira Corn (npc) Larry T. Cohen, Billy Eisenberg, Eddie Kantar, Richard H. Katz, Bud Reinhold
1974 David Crossley, Robert Crossley, Eric Kokish, Joey Silver Ron Andersen, Mark Feldman, Stephen Goldstein, Merle Tom, Kathie Wei
1975 Roger Bates, Larry T. Cohen, Richard H. Katz, John Mohan, George Rosenkranz Richard Freeman, Alvin Roth, Cliff Russell, Alan Sontag, Stan Tomchin, Peter Weichsel
1976 Roger Bates, Larry T. Cohen, Richard H. Katz, John Mohan, George Rosenkranz Malcolm Brachman, Billy Eisenberg, Bobby Goldman, Eddie Kantar, Mike Passell, Paul Soloway
1977 Mike Becker, Mark Blumenthal, Fred Hamilton, Mike Lawrence, Ron Rubin, John Swanson Ron Andersen, Gerald Caravelli, Hugh MacLean, Milt Rosenberg, Kathie Wei
1978 Malcolm Brachman, Bobby Goldman, Eddie Kantar, Billy Eisenberg, Mike Passell, Paul Soloway Mike Becker, Lou Bluhm, George Rosenkranz, Ron Rubin, Tom Sanders
1979 Lou Bluhm, Richard Freeman, Mark Lair, Cliff Russell, Tom Sanders, Eddie Wold Ron Andersen, David Berkowitz, Jeff Meckstroth, Judi Radin, Kathie Wei
1980 Russ Arnold, Bobby Levin, Jeff Meckstroth, Bud Reinhold, Eric Rodwell Ron Andersen, Mark Feldman, Eric Kokish, Peter Nagy
1981 B. Jay Becker, Mike Becker, Edgar Kaplan, Norman Kay, Ron Rubin Bob Hamman, Fred Hamilton, Ira Rubin, Alan Sontag, Peter Weischsel, Bobby Wolff; Ira Corn (npc)
1982 James Jacoby, Mike Passell, George Rosenkranz, Eddie Wold, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell Marty Bergen, Larry Cohen, Jerry Goldfein, Warren Rosner, Luella Slaner
1983 Bill Root, Richard Pavlicek, Norman Kay, Edgar Kaplan Eddie Kantar, Billy Eisenberg, Fred Hamilton, Jim Cayne, Alan Sontag
1984 Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Hugh Ross, Peter Pender Cliff Russell, Bobby Levin, Curtis Smith, Peter Nagy, David Berkowitz, Harold Lilie
1985 Ron Rubin, Mike Lawrence, Mike Becker, Peter Weichsel, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell Barry Crane, Bobby Nail, Dan Morse, Ira Chorush, Tom Sanders, John Sutherlin
1986 Edgar Kaplan, Norman Kay, Bill Root, Richard Pavlicek Jim Whitaker, Chris Compton, Ira Corush, Bart Bramley, Lou Bluhm
1987 Peter Pender, Peter Boyd, Lew Stansby, Hugh Ross, Steve Robinson, Chip Martel Jack Schwencke, Drew Casen, Jim Krekorian, Jim Becker, Howard Chandross
1988 Eddie Kantar, Alan Sontag, John Mohan, Roger Bates David Berkowitz, Billy Cohen, Ron Smith, Zia Mahmood
1989 Ron Rubin, Mike Becker, Bart Bramley, Bobby Levin, Lou Bluhm, Peter Weichsel Eddie Kantar, Alan Sontag, Dan Rotman, Billy Eisenberg, Larry T. Cohen, Cliff Russell
1990 Dan Morse, John Sutherlin, Mike Kamil, Ron Gerard, Tom Sanders, Bill Pollack Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Seymon Deutsch, David Berkowitz, Larry N. Cohen, Marty Bergen
1991 Steve Robinson, Peter Boyd, Kit Woolsey, Ed Manfield Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Seymon Deutsch, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell
1992 Andy Goodman, John Mohan, Roger Bates, John Schermer, Neil Chambers Steve Robinson, Peter Boyd, Kit Woolsey, Neil Silverman, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby
1993 Howard Weinstein, Peter Nagy, Dan Morse, John Sutherlin, Tom Sanders, Russ Arnold Cliff Russell, Sam Lev, David Berkowitz, Björn Fallenius, Mats Nilsland, Larry N. Cohen
1994 Seymon Deutsch, Gaylor Kasle, Michael Rosenberg, Zia Mahmood, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby Ron Gerard, George Steiner, Edgar Kaplan, Norman Kay, Sidney Lazard
1995 Bill Root, Richard Pavlicek, Michael Polowan, Marc Jacobus Ron Gerard, Mike Kamil, Joey Silver, George Steiner; Edgar Kaplan (npc)
1996 Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Seymon Deutsch, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby Nick Nickell, Richard Freeman, Bob Hamman, Bobby Wolff, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell
1997 Richard Schwartz, Mark Lair, Steve Robinson, Peter Boyd, Paul Soloway, Bobby Goldman James Cayne, Mark Feldman, Chuck Burger, Mike Passell, Michael Seamon, Alan Sontag
1998 Richard Schwartz, Mark Lair, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Paul Soloway, Bobby Goldman James Cayne, Chuck Burger, Mike Passell, Michael Seamon, David Berkowitz, Larry N. Cohen
1999 George Jacobs, Ralph Katz, Peter Weichsel, Alan Sontag, Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace Steve Robinson, Peter Boyd, Kit Woolsey, Fred Stewart, Mike Becker, Mike Kamil
2000 Nick Nickell, Richard Freeman, Bob Hamman, Paul Soloway, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell Richard Schwartz, Drew Casen, Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Bobby Levin, Steve Weinstein
2001 Andrei Gromov, Alexander Petrunin, Cezary Balicki, Adam Żmudziński George Rosenkranz, John Mohan, Sam Lev, Piotr Gawryś, Jacek Pszczoła
2002 Reese Milner, Marc Jacobus, Sam Lev, John Mohan, Jacek Pszczoła, Piotr Gawryś Nick Nickell, Richard Freeman, Bob Hamman, Paul Soloway, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell
2003 Nick Nickell, Richard Freeman, Bob Hamman, Paul Soloway, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell Richard Pavlicek, Lee Rautenberg, Barnet Shenkin, Mike Kamil, Marty Fleisher, Bob Jones
2004 George Jacobs, Ralph Katz, Norberto Bocchi, Giorgio Duboin, Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace Richard Schwartz, Mike Becker, David Berkowitz, Larry N. Cohen, Peter Boyd, Steve Robinson
2005 Richard Schwartz, Mike Becker, David Berkowitz, Larry N. Cohen, Andrea Buratti, Massimo Lanzarotti John Onstott, Jim Robison, Drew Casen, Chris Compton, Samuel Cohen, Jim Krekorian
2006 Fred Chang, Seymon Deutsch, Gunnar Hallberg, Zhong FU, Jack Zhao Roy Welland, Björn Fallenius, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Cezary Balicki, Adam Żmudziński
2007 Björn Fallenius, Antonio Sementa, Christal Henner-Welland, Roy Welland, Cezary Balicki, Adam Żmudziński Lou Ann O'Rourke, Marc Jacobus, Norberto Bocchi, Giorgio Duboin, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson
2008 Boguslaw Gierulski, Krzysztof Jassem, Krzysztof Martens, Jerzy Skrzypczak; Piotr Walczak (npc) Ron Rubin, Russell Ekeblad, Peter Weichsel, Marcin Leśniewski, Louk Verhees, Jan Jansma
2009 Ralph Katz, George Jacobs, Bobby Levin, Steve Weinstein, Walid Elahmady, Tarek Sadek John Diamond, Brian Platnick, Fred Gitelman, Brad Moss, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson
2010 Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Michel Bessis, Thomas Bessis, Geir Helgemo, Tor Helness Marty Fleisher, Mike Kamil, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Bobby Levin, Steve Weinstein
2011 Marty Fleisher, Mike Kamil, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Bobby Levin, Steve Weinstein Ishmael Delmonte, David Bakhshi, Leslie Amoils, Curtis Cheek, Joe Grue
2012 Leslie Amoils, Darren Wolpert, Joe Grue, Curtis Cheek, Ishmael Delmonte, Thomas Bessis John Diamond, Brian Platnick, Fred Gitelman, Brad Moss, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson
2013 Sabine Auken, Roy Welland, Morten Bilde, Dennis Bilde Ricco van Prooijen, Louk Verhees, Sjoert Brink, Bas Drijver, Kevin Bathurst, Daniel Zagorin
2014 Nick Nickell, Ralph Katz, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Bobby Levin, Steve Weinstein Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes, Tor Helness, Geir Helgemo

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • List of previous winners, Pages 6, 7. Daily Bulletin (PDF) 52–4 (4), March 16, 2009 
  • 2009 winners, Page 1. Daily Bulletin (PDF), 52-10 (10), March 22, 2009 
  • "Search Results: Vanderbilt Knockout Teams". ACBL. Visit "NABC Winners"; select a Spring NABC. Retrieved 2014-06-05.[dead link]