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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.
Kantar started his prolific bridge writing career with a December 1954 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. Six of his books have won the American Bridge Teacher's Association (ABTA) award for Best Book of the Year.
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.