Alan Sontag

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Alan M. Sontag (born May 2, 1946)[1] 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."[2][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.[3] 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.[4] Two years later, Sontag returned to London and won the tournament again, this time with Peter Weichsel,[4] with whom he formed one of the strongest partnerships in the world from the 1970s until 2005.[3] 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.[4] Sontag returned to the final in 2001, in Paris, where team captain Rose Meltzer became the first woman to win the Bermuda Bowl.[4] Meltzer teams including Sontag won the odd-years Senior Bowl in 2005 and 2007, the open Rosenblum Cup in 2006.[5] (During this time Weichsel and Kyle Larsen have been Meltzer's partners in international competition.)[6]

Sontag was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2007.[7][8]


Sontag was born in New York City. He and his wife, Robin, live in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with their son Robert.[3]

Widely regarded as one of the fastest players in the world,[4][8] he is known by his nickname Sonty.[3]

Bridge accomplishments[edit]


  • ACBL Hall of Fame, 2007[7]


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





  1. ^ "SONTAG Alan". Athlete Information. SportAccord World Mind Games. December 2011. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  2. ^ The Bridge Bum. Master Point Press.[full citation needed]
  3. ^ a b c d "Meltzer Team". United States Bridge Federation. [2009]. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sontag, Alan". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
  5. ^ "Alan Sontag". WBF. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  6. ^ "Rose Meltzer". WBF. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  7. ^ a b "Induction by Year". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
  8. ^ a b "Bridge: 3 Champions Take Bows in Nashville". Phillip Alder. The New York Times. July 21, 2007.

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