ACBL King or Queen of Bridge

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The ACBL King or Queen of Bridge is a graduating high school senior annually designated by the American Contract Bridge League. A $1000 scholarship accompanies the title.[1][2]

The King or Queen is the high school senior in North America (US, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda) with the "best record in bridge".[1] Students now formally enter the annual contest and identify their qualifications.[2] Beside outstanding performance in bridge tournaments, the winner is commonly cited for sportsmanship and for "bridge activities such as teaching, directing, and unit/district participation".[1]

The King of Bridge was established in 1973 by Homer Shoop of Indiana[2] as a prize for the high school senior with the greatest number of ACBL master points.[1] The second and third winners, Jeff Meckstroth and Bobby Levin in 1974 and 1975, won the 1981 Bermuda Bowl as United States teammates; Levin was the youngest person to be a world champion at bridge.[citation needed] Several other Kings and Queens have become leading expert players.

Winners[edit]

  • 1973, J Merril
  • 1974, Jeff Meckstroth
  • 1975, Bobby Levin
  • 1976, Warren Spector
  • 1977, Marc Franklin
  • 1978, Matthew K. Franklin
  • 1979, Regina Barnes
  • 1980, Tony Marks
  • 1981, Doug Levene, Steve Cochran
  • 1982, Steve Weinstein
  • 1983, Billy Hsieh
  • 1984, James Munday
  • 1985, Adair Gellman
  • 1986, Martha Benson ‡
  • 1987, Richard Pavlicek, Jr.
  • 1988, Holly Zullo
  • 1989, Brad Moss
  • 1990, Eric Sutherland
  • 1991, Andrew Moss
  • 1992, Frederic Pollack
  • 1993, Eric Greco
  • 1994, Sam Hirschman
  • 1995, Tony Melucci
  • 1996, Kent Mignocchi
  • 1997, Joel Wooldridge
  • 1998, Josh Heller
  • 1999, Ari Greenberg
  • 2000, Gavin Wolpert
  • 2001, Erin Anderson
  • 2002, John Kranyak
  • 2003, Scottie Waldron Jr.
  • 2004, Rob Glickman
  • 2005, David Banh
  • 2006, Sam Katz ‡
  • 2007, Andrew Dubay
  • 2008, Jeremy Koegel
  • 2009, Nicholas Flores
  • 2010, Tom Walsh, Adam Grossack
  • 2011, Blake Sanders
  • 2012, Murphy Green
  • 2013, John Altman
  • 2014, Adam Kaplan, Allison Hunt[3]
‡ 2006 King of Bridge Sam Katz is the son of 1986 Queen of Bridge Martha Benson. They are the only recipients related as child and parent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Manley, Brent, Editor; Horton, Mark, Co-Editor; Greenberg-Yarbro, Tracey, Co-Editor; Rigal, Barry, Co-Editor (2011). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (7th ed.). Horn Lake, MS: American Contract Bridge League. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-939460-99-1. 
  2. ^ a b c "King of Queen of Bridge". ACBL Youth 4 Bridge (youth4bridge.org). Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  3. ^ "Adam Kaplan, Allison Hunt Named 2014 King and Queen of Bridge". 2014-09-30. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-10-29.