Richard Pavlicek

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Richard Pavlicek (born 1945) is an American bridge player, teacher, and writer from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States.[1]


Pavlicek began to play bridge in 1964 at the age of 18 while stationed in Stuttgart, West Germany, with the US Army.[2] Upon returning to Florida in 1966[clarification needed] he started to play in bridge tournaments in his spare time.[2] Since then he has won over 400 events and accumulated more than 16,000 masterpoints.[2] He is a Grand Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and World International Master of the World Bridge Federation (WBF).

Pavlicek has won 11 North American Bridge Championships, including a record-setting three straight wins in the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams, 1982–84.[2] In 1990, his team mounted a come-from-behind finish to win it again. He won the prestigious Vanderbilt Trophy in 1983, 1986, and most recently in 1995 playing with a team that was arranged the day before the event. He won the inaugural 1973 Grand National Teams tournament and won the 1997 rendition too; one of his 1973 teammates was Billy Seamon and he played in 1997 with Billy’s son Michael.[2] His latest North American win was in 2004 when he and his son Rich became the first father–son partnership to win the Life Master Open Pairs.[2]

Pavlicek has written numerous bridge textbooks and lesson materials. He and William S. Root wrote Modern Bridge Conventions, published in 1981 and still a best-seller in the bridge marketplace.[3]

He is also a bridge columnist and composer of bridge puzzles, double-dummy problems and other novelties, which have appeared in a variety of publications. Since 1987, he has written the analysis booklet for the continent-wide ACBL "Instant Matchpoint" games.[2]

Since 2000, Pavlicek has conducted monthly bidding polls and play contests through his website, with thousands of regular participants from over 90 countries.[4]


Richard and his wife of 40 years, Mabel, were not only a partnership in life but also in bridge teaching. Together, as the Pavlicek School of Bridge, they taught thousands of students in South Florida, some of whom won national titles.[2] In 2006 he retired from teaching to be with his wife, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease,[2] until her death in September 2015.[5]

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  1. ^ American Contract Bridge League. The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (5th Edition). p. 708. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Richard Pavlicek bio". Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Polls & Contests". Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "About the Pavliceks". Retrieved 11 January 2016. 

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