John Swanson

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My mother, who loved to play bridge and needed three more for a foursome, taught my sisters and me how to play the game in the summer of 1952. I was enthuastic from the start, teaching my neighborhood friends the basics so we could have our own game. When I discovered duplicate bridge at Okalhoma State University in the spring of 1956 it became my sole existence. Perhaps this is not the best recommendation.

I have now been a tournament bridge player for over 50 years. During my very active playing days in the 1970's, I won two Vanderbilt Team of Four titles, two Grand National Team titles and finished near the top in other National Team events. My teams won nine consecutive Trial matches of 128 boards or more to qualify as the ACBL representative to four Bermuda Bowl World Championships. My partner Paul Soloway and I along with teammates Billy Eisenberg, Bob Hamman, Eddie Kantar, and Bobby Wolff won the title in 1977. You can read about all these activities in my book Inside the Bermuda Bowl.

I have written a number of bridge articles and stories, published in the Southern California Bridge News, The American Contract League Bulletin and in international bridge publications such as Australian Bridge and The Bridge World. I also moderate the bidding fourm in the Contract Bridge Fourm which serves much of the Southwest,

Last update: March 31, 2009