Hall of Fame Adds Two
In ceremonies on August 4 during the Summer NABC in Atlanta, Gail Greenberg, who has done just about everything in bridge, and the late Tournament Director Max Hardy will be added to the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame via two awards recognizing their long and meritorious service to the game. Greenberg will receive the von Zedtwitz Award and the Blackwood Award will go to Hardy posthumously. The ceremony will take place at 8 o’clock in the evening at the Marriott Marquis.
The von Zedtwitz Award is given to a player for service to bridge along with expertise as a player. The Blackwood Award is also given for service, not necessarily including bridge expertise.
Greenberg owns two bridge clubs in New York City – Honors and Hartes. She has 17 North American championships to her credit along with five gold medals, a silver and a bronze in women’s teams at world championships. She was non-playing captain of the winning women’s team at the World Bridge Championships in Shanghai, China, in 2007.
She has won the Women’s Teams at the World Bridge Games (formerly the Olympiad Women’s Teams) three times and the Venice Cup twice. She has been a member of the winning squad in the Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams eight times.
Besides the club activities, Greenberg teaches and has written four books. Most recently she updated Dorothy Truscott’s classic “Winning Declarer Play” published by Master Point Press.
Hardy, the son of a college music professor, studied music for a time but fell in love with bridge and devoted himself to the game. He played professionally and worked as a tournament director for more than 40 years. He wrote 13 books, including several on the 2/1 game force bidding system. His first book, Five-Card Majors – Western Style was advanced for its time and a precursor to the 2/1 books.
Hardy never won a North American championships, but he won more than 200 regional events, most in the era before flighting, stratification and bracketed knockouts. At the time of his death in November 2002, Hardy had accumulated more than 10,000 masterpoints. Many of his successes at bridge were in partnership with his wife, Mary.
The 2013 Sidney Lazard, Jr. Sportsmanship Award will also be presented at the Hall of Fame Induction. For the first time ever, a partnership has been selected to receive the honor. Benedicte Cronier and Sylvie Willard have had notable successes on the International level, but will be honored on August 4 for their achievement in sportsmanship.
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