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Eric R. Murray PDF Print E-mail
Eric Rutherford Murray, as well as being one of the all-time greats, is one of the true characters of the bridge world. A leading civil litigation lawyer in Toronto, Murray won one of the first $1M-plus civil-court judgements in Canada and is legendary as a raconteur and orator. He was born in 1928 and lived his early life in Hamilton, ON before leaving for Toronto to practice law and play bridge. Murray was president of the Ontario Bridge League in its early days, engineering its union with the ACBL, and was one of the founders of the Canadian Bridge Federation.

Eric Murray is the most successful Canadian player ever. In addition to all his successes with Sami Kehela, Murray also won the Vanderbilt in 1961 with Charles Coon, the Men’s Pairs in 1954 and 1955 with Doug Drury, and the Master Mixed Teams (1962) and Mixed Pairs (1963) with Agnes Gordon. He also won the Pairs Trials with Charles Coon for the 1962 North American Bermuda Bowl team, where they finished second to Italy. “I know the Italian National Anthem by heart,” says Murray. Murray won the Lou Herman Trophy for best performance at the 1963 Fall Nationals. He won CNTCs in 1980, 1981 and 1987 and the CSTC in 2007.

Eric Murray authored one convention, which bears his name, the Murray Two Diamonds, and co-authored another, Drury, with Doug Drury. He and Kehela were paid the ultimate compliment by having a book written about them, “Canada’s Bridge Warriors”, by Roy Hughes, which won the International Bridge Press Association’s Book of the Year award in 2007.

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Biography: Eric Murray

Eric Murray named Honorary Life Member of the CBF