Jeff Meckstroth

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Jeffrey John (Jeff) Meckstroth (born May 15, 1956)[1] is an American professional contract bridge player. He is a multiple world champion, winning the Bermuda Bowl on USA teams five times. He is one of only ten players who have won the so-called triple crown of bridge: the Bermuda Bowl, the World Open Pairs and the World Team Olympiad. As of December 2011 he was the 6th-ranking World Grand Master.[2]

For decades Meckstroth has been in a regular partnership with Eric Rodwell and together, nicknamed "Meckwell", they are one of the most successful bridge partnerships of all time. They are well known for playing an aggressive and very detailed system that derived from Precision Club.

One of Meckstroth's iconic achievements was winning three of the four available major events contested at the ACBL's 2008 fall championships, the Open Board-A-Match Teams, Blue Ribbon Pairs, and Reisinger Teams.

He became ACBL's all time leading masterpoint holder when he went past Paul Soloway's long held record during the Indianapolis Winter Regional in March 2010.[3]

Meckstroth was born in Springfield, Ohio. He is a full-time bridge professional and currently lives in Clearwater Beach, Florida with his wife, Sally Chapleau-Meckstroth.

Bridge accomplishments[edit]


  • ACBL Player of the Decade 1990s, 2000s
  • ACBL Player of the Year 1992, 2004
  • Barry Crane Top 500 1993, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Mott-Smith Trophy 1979, 1980, 1985, 2000, 2009
  • Fishbein Trophy 1996, 2004, 2007
  • Herman Trophy 1980, 1982, 1995, 2004
  • ACBL King of Bridge 1974
  • Le Bridgeur Award (Best Played Hand of the Year) 1998
  • IBPA Award (Best Played Hand of the Year) 1999





  1. ^ The 1st World Mind Sports Games.
  2. ^ "Open World Grand Masters" (table). World Bridge Federation. Retrieved 2011-12.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Meckstroth passes Soloway to become masterpoint king". Reno NABC staff. Daily Bulletin 53:1 (March 12, 2010), pp. 1, 7. Retrieved 2014-05-22.

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