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Alvin Levy
Alvin Levy
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Member Since
Oct. 4, 2011
Last Seen
23 hours ago
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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Maurizio Di Sacco interview - topics: LoveBridge (tablet bridge) and cheating
Hi Melanie, I had the pleasure of being the onsite coordinator of that 2013 Atlanta youth championship. It was a great experience for me as well. I loved that the youngsters took the table play seriously, while being friendly, and had fun after the games interacting with each other.
Maurizio Di Sacco interview - topics: LoveBridge (tablet bridge) and cheating
There is room for both. The more options, the more participation, the more the game will grow. For youngsters like Michael Xu, who have played in world youth competition, the experience must have been a thrill.
Maurizio Di Sacco interview - topics: LoveBridge (tablet bridge) and cheating
Barometer scoring is another plus.
Maurizio Di Sacco interview - topics: LoveBridge (tablet bridge) and cheating
For youngsters, it has already changed. They live in an electronic world. The more forms of bridge, the more attractive to a wider audience.
Seattle NextGenBridge article in the December 2018 Bridge Bulletin rocks!
Great work, Anne. Nice meeting you and hearing about your program when you attended the 2016 Yeh Online World Cup in Seattle.
NEW North American Bridge Federation
Steve, no, that had nothing to do with the change from the ACBL being the ZC to NABF being the ZC. Under the new NABF, CAS is still not involved.
NEW North American Bridge Federation
Steve, the ACBL does not submit to CAS. For that reason ACBL findings of guilt (cheating) are not honored by the WBF or NBOs that submit to CAS.
NEW North American Bridge Federation
Bill, you are right about WBF appeals committees of the past. The WBF no longer has appeal committees, and operates much like the ACBL with appeals to a higher TD.
Bots, Funbridge, GIB etc
Just for the record... Gib entered the championship once again in 2002, a year after the infamous Hoogli entry. Matt Ginsberg sent Bart Massey, a colleague, to operate Gib. Gib finished fourth in the round robin, qualifying for the KO stage. In the round robin GIB lost close matches to ...
Bots, Funbridge, GIB etc
E-Bridge was an online site, similar, but less extensive, than BBO. At the time it competed with OKbridge. The ACBL did go into business with e-bridge, but after losing money, the relationship ended. Pinhas Romik was the founder and while he worked hard at its success, the project went belly ...
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