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George Mittelman PDF Print E-mail
George Mittelman has won two World Championships, the 1982 Mixed Pairs and the 2002 Senior Teams. Along with a silver medal in the 1995 Bermuda Bowl, Mittelman has also won two bronze medals in the Rosenblum Cup (1982 and 1990). On one of those occasions, in the now-infamous Geneva Incident, the team was robbed of the chance to play for gold by a scoring error. He has won more CNTCs than any other player (eight) and has won four North American bridge titles: two Open Swiss Teams (1986, 1995), a Board-a-Match Teams (1998) and a Senior Teams (2006). George has also been Non-Playing Captain of Canada’s Olympiad, Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup Teams on numerous occasions.

Here is Mittelman in action some years agao at a local Toronto tournament, playing with John Gowdy:



Not willing to surrender an undeserved diamond trick to declarer with possible bad breaks about, Gowdy led the diamond ace, then continued with the king and another upon seeing the dummy. In a flash, Mittelman discarded the heart queen! Declarer could no longer make the hand. Note that if Mittelman had retained the heart queen, declarer could have employed an avoidance play, leading hearts twice from the dummy toward his hand. If Mittelman played the queen on either of those leads, he’d be allowed to hold it; if not, the third round of hearts would force him to win the queen. In either case, the long heart would provide declarer’s ninth trick.