Bobby Goldman

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Robert "Bobby", "Bob" Goldman (November 10, 1938[citation needed] – May 16, 1999)[1] was an American bridge player, teacher and writer. He won three Bermuda Bowls (1970, 1971, 1979), Olympiad Mixed Teams 1972, and 20 North American Bridge Championships. He authored books on bridge, most notably Aces Scientific and Winners and Losers at the Bridge Table, and conventions including Kickback, Exclusion Blackwood and Super Gerber (Redwood).[2] He was from Highland Village, Texas.[3]

Goldman first played duplicate bridge in 1957 while studying at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He began teaching six months later and taught "a modest number of classes" until he joined the Dallas Aces team in 1968.[4] His early partners with the Aces were Michael Lawrence and Billy Eisenberg; the team won Bermuda Bowls in 1970 and 1971. About that time he began "teaching heavily—15 department classes a week" and some private lessons.[4] His favorite partner was Paul Soloway, with whom he played more than two decades.[1] Goldman was an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Grand Life Master with more than 25,000 masterpoints and a World Bridge Federation (WBF) World Grand Master.[2] He was active in ACBL administration, participating in its Competition and Conventions Committee, Committee for an Open and Improved ACBL, and Women's Forum.[4] On the former committee he contributed to shaping the ACBL alert procedure, convention card, ethics and appeals process, and smoking ban.[2]

Goldman died of a heart attack in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 60.[1]


  • Aces Scientific (Inglewood, CA: Max Hardy, 1978)
  • Winners and Losers at the Bridge Table, illustrated by Mary Grace (Hardy, 1979)
  • Doubles (Louisville, KY: Devyn Press, 1981), Championship Bridge no. 23
  • Slam Bidding is Fun (Goldman, 198?) – "The 500 hands were randomly dealt by computer."; created and programmed by Bobby Goldman OCLC 20032999

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  1. ^ a b c Truscott, Alan (May 20, 1999). "BRIDGE; A Great Champion Is Dead; One Deceit Was a Classic". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-22.  Quote: "died in Dallas on Sunday".
  2. ^ a b c "Goldman, Robert (Bobby)". Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  3. ^ Francis, Henry G., Editor-in-Chief; Truscott, Alan F., Executive Editor; Francis, Dorthy A., Editor, Fifth Edition (1994). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (5th ed.). Memphis, TN: American Contract Bridge League. p. 632. ISBN 0-943855-48-9. LCCN 96188639. 
  4. ^ a b c Orlando NABC staff (November 21, 1998). "Bobby Goldman named Honorary Member for 1999" (PDF). Daily Bulletin. 72 (2). ACBL. pp. 1, 6. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Induction by Year". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-12-16.

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