Kyle Larsen 1950-2012
Kyle Larsen of San Francisco CA died yesterday after a nearly two-year-long battle with cancer. He was 62.
A Grand Life Master with two world championship wins (the 2001 Bermuda Bowl and the 2006 Rosenblum Teams) and 12 NABC titles, Larsen was elected to the 2012 class of the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame in July. Unable to attend his induction ceremony in person due to illness, he and his family were present electronically (via a Skype connection) to hear the accolades bestowed upon him.
Presenting Larsen for induction, Rose Meltzer, his frequent championship partner, said, “Kyle characterizes the perfect bridge partner at or away from the table . . . always with a smile on his face, always trying to help the partnership to do their best. He is the person people enjoy seeing at the table.”
Frequent teammate Billy Miller described Larsen as, “a graceful, first-class gentleman.”
“Kyle was a great player, of course, but he was a terrific sportsman, too. He was one of the rare bridge players who always said the right thing, and was always professional and courteous at the table.”
Larsen, known for his sound technique and excellent card-reading abilities, was a prodigy at the game. He became a Life Master at 15, at that time the youngest player ever to earn a gold card. In 1968, his team (Larsen, Erik Paulsen, Peter Pender, Hugh Ross, and Howard Schenken) won the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams. Larsen was 18, the youngest player at the time to win a North American team title.
A full obituary will appear in an upcoming issue of the Bridge Bulletin.