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Alvin Levy
Alvin Levy
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Member Since
Oct. 4, 2011
Last Seen
Dec. 3
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

A 'rocket' scientist in my previous life, working for Northrop Grumman on Long Island for 33 years after receiving PhD from Columbia University. During that time also taught, lectured, invented, consulted, authored nearly 100 refereed publications, on loan for one year to NASA as a visiting scholar and a short time to Cambridge University, England, as a visiting professor.  Retired in 1998 soon after being elected to the ACBL Board of Directors, representing NYC and Long Island (District 24).

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Unit Board member (Nassau-Suffolk Bridge Association) and District Board member for as long as I can remember...maybe 40 years.  Past President and Tournament Chair.  ACBL Board of Directors, 1996-present, president 2003; WBF Executive Council 2004-present, currently Executive VP and IT chair.  On ACBL I serve as online-bridge coordinator (since 1998).  Trustee of ACBL 401(k) since 2000.

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Originated the World Computer-Bridge Championship in 1997 and have run it annually at a major human championship ever since.  See the official website which I maintain, www.computerbridge.com

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With an eye toward promoting bridge, I published a page of bridge links, titled 'explore the world of bridge on the Internet’ at www.allevybridge.com/allevy/worldofbridge.html/ See the June 2012 Bridge Bulletin and previous Bridge Winners article.

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Led the recent project to completely update the WBF website. On-site coordinator and chair of the organizing committee of the recent World Youth Open Bridge Championships held at the Atlanta NABC. See my summary at www.worldbridge.org/al-levys-summary.aspx

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Took initiative in settling the recent world affair involving the Israeli Venice Cup team qualifier that was blocked from participating in Bali. Working behind the scenes with the Israeli Bridge Federation, the WBF and the Mind Sports Association, the matter was settled.

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Member of ACBL Laws Commission and WBF Laws Committee. Edited the Laws of Rubber Bridge 2014 version in coordination with the Portland Club.

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Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
+7000 against Marty Bergen.
Bridge Accomplishments
winning the Advanced Senior Masters in 1967
Regular Bridge Partners
Beverly, also my partner in life
BBO Username
sartre
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Team USA at the Beijing Hua Yuan Cup
Congratulations to Team USA, Janice, Lynn, Irina, Kerri, Sylvia and Pam. Kudos to Daniel for a great write-up and team support.
What is the largest penalty you have ever seen?
Regarding score adjustments...which was the origin topic. Let's try to respect the Laws of Duplicate Bridge. What is the largest "rectification" you have ever seen! Playing Rubber Bridge, it is a penalty. No mention of rectifications.
What is the largest penalty you have ever seen?
That was against my wife and I. It was at a Sectional Swiss. Marty has the details slightly wrong, but the 7,000 right. 6NT XX down 12. Marty was trying to get his partner to take a save against our 6S. We were careful to take all the tricks ...
1NT with a Worthless Singleton
1NT with a small singleton has preemptive value. Overcalls that would be made over a one bid, especially one club, might not be made over 1NT, especially vulnerable. If there is an overcall it is at a higher level, and the partner of the 1NTer has a well defined description ...
1NT with a Worthless Singleton
My experience tells me it is the right to open 1NT with a small singleton. So I do so all the time. My partner never complains when it is wrong, and the opponents never call the director when it is right. Love those robot games!
Forgive and forget?
The election for WBF president has concluded with Gianarrigo Rona the victor. To those in the bridge world who were rooting for me, I personally apologize for my lack of campaign skills, even among my own zonal colleagues, for my deficiencies that would exclude me from being recognized as the ...
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
unofficial...the laws committee will recommend that the declaring side exchange explanation notes, but that it only be used for the play (opening lead included) and not to allow a change of the last pass.
Forgive and forget?
as I wrote in another thread... As an ACBL representative to the WBF, where I serve as Exec VP and more importantly IT chair, and as a losing candidate for president, I will take a hot seat when I return from the Lyon Championships. Here I am involved with exec ...
Gianarrigo Rona re-elected WBF President
As an ACBL representative to the WBF, where I serve as Exec VP and more importantly IT chair, and as a losing candidate for president, I will take a hot seat when I return from the Lyon Championships. Here I am involved with exec meetings, laws meetings, preparation of the ...
LO Wins Roth Swiss
Congratulations. A great win...beating so many tough teams.
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