January 24th, 2017: David Silver (1935 – 2017)
I'm sad to announce that David Silver passed away on February 23, 2017, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was a man of wide-ranging interests who will be remembered by many students from his forty-year career teaching literature at Seneca College in Toronto. He was a collector of rare books and first editions, and loved poking through flea markets and used book stores for undiscovered treasures. He enjoyed squash and tennis, and after retirement took the opportunity to travel widely. He had a quick and ready wit, and could never resist an apposite one-liner, even in social situations where the habit occasionally came back to haunt him.
However, his life-long passion was bridge, which he played at an expert level and in which he achieved many tournament successes. In typical self-deprecating fashion, he claimed to have partnered every great player of his generation – once. David's own writings reflected both his love for bridge and his knowledge of literature. His five published books featured his alter ego, ‘Professor Silver', in humorous pastiches of everything from Sherlock Holmes and Joseph Conrad to The Maltese Falcon and Douglas Coupland, all somehow made plausible in a bridge setting.
His readers often had difficulty distinguishing between the Silver of fiction and the man himself, and he told me of many occasions on his travels where he had been addressed as ‘Professor Silver' and asked to play, or to solve some abstruse problem.
For the past few months, he had been working on a sixth book, which unfortunately will now never see the light of day.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Roy Hughes
Interviewed by Libby Stoker-Lavelle
Roy Hughes, author of The Contested Auction, discusses his influences, his experiences in world championship bridge, and some of the challenges facing modern partnerships.
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September 22nd, 2016: Julian Laderman awarded the 2016 Alan Truscott Memorial Award
We send our well deserved congratulations to Julian Laderman as this year the International Bridge Press Association presented him with the Alan Truscott Memorial Award for his book Bumplepuppy Days.
The Alan Truscott Award is presented periodically to an individual or organization that, in the opinion of the IBPA Executive, has done something in the world of bridge that Alan would have approved of and appreciated. Alan was an IBPA Executive member, serving as its president from 1981 to 1985 and was the long-time bridge editor of the New York Times.
Well received by many critics, Bumbplepuppy Days traces the development of the game of bridge and demonstrates how the worlds most popular card game came into being.
August 18th, 2015: ABTA Book of the Year
Congratulations go to David Bird and his book Winning Duplicate Tactics for winning the 2015 American Bridge Teachers' Association Intermediate-Advanced Book of the Year Award!
The American Bridge Teachers' Association also presented Julian Laderman with a Special Recognition award for Bumblepuppy Days: The Evolution from Whist to Bridge.
A special mention goes to Barbara Seagram and David Bird's Bidding at Bridge: a Quizbook, nominated this year for the ABTA Book of the Year Award.
May 20, 2010: Master Point Press Teacher Of The Year Award Finalists Announced by American Bridge Teachers Association
Thursday, May 20, 2010: The American Bridge Teachers Association is proud to announce the eight finalists for its new Teacher of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Master Point Press, the world’s leading bridge book publisher (www.masterpointpress.com). They have been selected from an original sixty-six nominees …[READ FULL PRESS ON MASTERPONTPRESS.COM RELEASE]
September 14th 2009: IBPA Book of the Year award presentation
On Monday, September 7th, 2009 at the World Bridge Team Championships in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil, the International Bridge Press Association presented one of the two awards for Book of the Year to author Ron Klinger. Right Through the Pack Again by Ron Klinger (Orion) has won the award jointly with North of the Master Solvers' Club: The Bridge Writings of Frank Vine (Master Point Press).
For more information, visit Linda Lee's blog.
September 4th 2009: WINNERS: IBPA Book of the Year
Have you heard the recent news from the International Bridge Press Association? North of the Master Solvers' Club: The Bridge Writings of Frank Vine has tied with Ron Klinger's Right Through the Pack Again to win the IBPA Book of the Year award for 2009.
August 7th 2009: IBPA Book of the Year Nominations
Master Point Press is pleased to announce that the following titles have been nominated to receive the International Bridge Press Association Book of the Year award for 2009:
Other book nominations include:
Read Linda Lee's blog for more information.
Master Point Press is proud to sponsor the Canada Master Point Press Women's Team at the 2009 World Bridge Championships in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil this August/September.
August 4th 2009: A Bridge to Inspired Declarer PlayMaster Point Press is pleased to announce that A Bridge to Inspired Declarer Play has been named the ABTA Book of the Year award for 2009. The American Teachers' Bridge Association made the announcement on July 23rd at the ABTA summer conference in Washington, D.C. Julian Laderman is a New York math professor who writes a regular bridge column in The Bridge Journal. His first book, A Bridge to Simple Squeezes, was also named Book of the Year by the American Bridge Teachers' Association in 2006.
July 18th 2009: Bridgeblogging World Championship contest!This August and September, Bridgeblogging.com is holding a contest to pick the winners of the Bermuda Bowl and the dâ€™Orsi Senior Bowl. Everyone who enters will receive a $10.00 gift certificate, plus the two winners will each receive their choice of one of five books. Visit www.bridgeblogging.com for complete details.
March 25th 2009: The Aces on Bridge column goes live!The Aces on Bridge column by Bobby Wolff, which is a daily bridge column that has been appearing daily for over 25 years, is now available online at http://aces.bridgeblogging.com. The column is syndicated by United Feature Syndicate in more than 130 newspapers worldwide. All columns appearing online are posted at least two weeks after the original printed date.
Feb 17th 2009: Master Point Press goes DigitalOver 30 titles published electronically, including free and out-of-print titles. Read the press release for full details.
Proud sponsor of Canada's Youth teamMaster Point Press is proud to sponsor Canada's Youth (under 28) team in the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing this October.
From left to right: Team Captain Michael Yuen, David Grainger, David Sabourin, Erin Anderson, Matthew Mason, Roy Yang Li, and Kai Zhou. Good Luck team!
Marshall Miles wins World Seniors championshipThe USA team, including 77-year-old Marshall Miles, this week won the World Senior Bridge Championship in Istanbul, overtaking the Netherlands in the very last round. Miles has many national titles in his distinguished career, but this is his first world title.
Play or Defend by Julian PottageMaster Point Press is delighted to announce that Play or Defend? by Julian Pottage has been named the first winner of the IBPA Bridge Book of the Year award. The International Bridge Press Association made the award public this week at its Annual Meeting, which this year took place in Istanbul, Turkey, alongside the 2004 World Bridge Championships. An international jury of four prominent bridge journalists selected the winner from a short list of six, which included books from the USA, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Hungary. A second MPP title, Kantar on Kontract by Eddie Kantar, was also named to the short list.
Julian Pottage, who lives in England, is generally acknowledged to be one of the world's best creators of bridge problems. Two of his earlier books (Positive Defense and Positive Declarer Play, both featuring Terence Reese as coauthor) are being released in new editions by MPP this Spring, while a new title Defend these hands with me is in preparation for a 2006 release date.