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Minnesota Player is Best Bob L Guesser

Rebecca Anspach made a name for herself in San Francisco, winning the national 99er Pairs at the 2007 Fall NABC with new partner Nick Erpelding.

Now Anspach, of St. Paul MN, has earned another 15 minutes of fame by being the only ACBL member to guess correctly on the identity of Bob L, the mischievous ACBL "character" who made numerous appearances at tournaments and clubs last year promoting the game and enjoying lots of attention. He even had a bit of excitement when he was "kidnapped" by Joo-Hee Janicki, wife of District 2 Board member Paul Janicki, during the Summer NABC in Washington DC.

For those who have been wondering about Bob L's true identity, the wait is over -- he was modeled on the late Harold Vanderbilt, the inventor of contract bridge.

Anspach, now a Bronze Life Master, and a tournament regular, is a financial systems analyst who notes that she spends "most of my vacation time at bridge tournaments, especially NABCs." She is the partnership desk chair for the 2010 Minnesota Gopher Regional May 25--31 in Bloomington.

The winning guesser was offered a chance to have Bob L visit again, and Anspach requested that he travel to the Twin Cities Bridge Center in Minneapolis in early May.

Anspach's winning guess was actually the only one that even came close to being correct, but Grand Life Master Bob Lipsitz of Lady Lake FL should be flattered that he got more votes than anyone else (four).

Most of the others who guessed focused on players named Bob -- Bob Levey, winner with Jimmy Ritzenberg of the Red Ribbon Pairs at the Spring NABC in Reno, and Bobby Levin, Grand Life Master and world champion, to name two. There were also votes for Charles Goren, Wendy Sullivan, the Ask Me Girl at NABCs, Bridge Bulletin Editor Brent Manley and Mike Cappelletti. One creative person guessed Bob L. Head.

Rebecca Anspach