Edwin Kantar

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Edwin Bruce (Eddie) Kantar (born November 9, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American bridge player, 2-time World Teams Bridge Champion and prolific author of bridge books.


He learned the game at 11 and started teaching it at the age of 17, first to his friends and later at the University of Minnesota, which he attended.

Along with Bermuda Bowls in 1977 and 1979, he has won 15 North American Bridge Championships (NABCs) and is World Bridge Federation (WBF) and American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Grand Life Master.

Kantar started his prolific bridge writing career with a December 1954[1] article in The Bridge World on notrump bidding and apart from the over 35 bridge books written since, he is a regular contributor to the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, The Bridge World, and Bridge Today. In a survey of bridge writers and players taken in 1994, Complete Defensive Play was among the top 20 of all-time favorite bridge books.[2] Six of his books have won the American Bridge Teacher's Association (ABTA) award for Best Book of the Year.[3]

Kantar does his writing in California, and lectures on bridge cruises. He also teaches occasionally in the Los Angeles area as well as lectures several times a year in various resort areas in the U.S. and Canada. When not writing about bridge, Eddie can be found at Venice Beach playing paddle tennis, a sport in which he has also garnered several trophies. Eddie is the only person ever to have played in a World Bridge Championship and a World Table Tennis Championship.[4] [5]

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  1. ^ The Bridge World, Volume 26, Number 3, page 16.
  2. ^ American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), Bridge Bulletin, June 2007, page 20
  3. ^ See the complete list of ABTA award winners.
  4. ^ Francis, Henry G., Editor-in-Chief; Truscott, Alan F., Executive Editor; Francis, Dorthy A., Editor, Sixth Edition (2001). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (6th ed.). Memphis, TN: American Contract Bridge League. p. 675. ISBN 0-943855-44-6. OCLC 49606900. 
  5. ^ Stated by Kantar in this interview with Audrey Grant

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