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Phillip D. Alder


P.O. Box 1383

Hobe Sound, FL



Representative Bridge


2005: Bridge columnist for The New York Times. (Standing in for Alan Truscott.)


1995: Ran a training week for Australia’s junior players in Canberra Non-playing captain and coach of USA II in the World Women’s Team Championship for the Venice Cup.


1994: Non-playing captain and coach of the bronze medal winning USA team in the McConnell Cup. The United States in the Rosenblum Cup and Open Pairs at the World Championships.


1991 until now: Syndicated columnist for Newspaper Enterprise Association.


1989: Coach of Egyptian World Championship team.


1987 and 1988: Coach of Pakistani World Championship team.


1986: The United States in the Open Pairs at the World Championships.


1980: England in the Camrose Trophy (full international series between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).


1979: Helped to run the European Bridge League’s Junior Camp in Ghent, Belgium.


1976: Great Britain in the Junior (under-25) Common Market Championships.


1974: Great Britain in the Open Pairs at the Common Market Championships.


1972: Great Britain in the Junior (under-27) European Championship.


1972 and 1971: England in the Junior Camrose (under-27 Home Countries international championship).


Awards and Honors


Life Master in both England and the United States. (I believe, the second-youngest at the time in England.)


British National victories: Junior (under-27) Pairs Championship and Anglo-American Junior Pairs Championship (1971); Junior Team Championship (1972); Two Stars Pairs (1973); Crockford’s Cup (1984).


I have won several other titles, including the prestigious Von Zedtwitz Double Knockout (five times, 1986-87 and 1995-97) in New York.


Journalism: Bols Brilliancy Prize (1979); Royal Viking Line Player of the Year (1986); International Bridge Press Association Precision Award for the Defensive Play of the Year (1992); American Bridge Teachers’ Association Special Citation (1999).




Since 1991, syndicated columnist with Newspaper Enterprise Association, appearing six times a week in about 400 papers — including the China Daily!


Contract bridge contributor to the Encyclop‘dia Britannica Yearbook.


Author of You Can Play Bridge (1983). Published in conjunction with the Join us for Bridge TV series. This was the only bridge book ever taken by The Book Club in England.


Author, publisher and type-setter of Get Smarter at Bridge (1994).


Co-author of the 1986, ’87 and ’88 World Championship books.


Revised (with Alan Truscott) the classic Morehead on Bidding, published in April 1990 under the title On Bidding by Simon & Schuster.


Worked on the expanded Casino Games section in the revised Hoyle’s Complete Book of Games (published in February 1991 by Doubleday).


Co-author of Bid to Win, Play for Pleasure (1990), Godfrey’s Bridge Challenge (1996) and Godfrey’s Stairway to the Stars (1998) with Dr. George Rosenkranz.


Type-setter and editor of How to Play a Bridge Hand and How to Defend a Bridge Hand by Bill Root (published by Crown).


Ghost author of several books.


A contributor of articles to, inter alia, Bridge (in Italy), the American Contract Bridge League Bulletin, The Bridge World, Australian Bridge, New Zealand Bridge, Bridge d’Italia, Bridge i Norge, France’s Le Bridgeur, England’s International Popular Bridge Monthly, South African Bridge Bulletin, Montreal’s M‚nage de Bridge, the International Bridge Press Association’s Bulletin, and Diversion (a medical publication).


Have been or am on the bidding panels of Australian Bridge, Bridge (published in Italy), Bridge i Norge, Bridge (published in England; formerly called Bridge Magazine and Bridge International), Deutsches Bridge Verbandsblatt, The Bridge World (published in New York), Bridge World (published in Turkey), International Popular Bridge Monthly (published in England), New Zealand Bridge, and a couple of panels run in non-bridge magazines by the Italian world champion Pietro Forquet.




Have run many bridge classes and holidays, most of the latter lasting a weekend, but two for one week (Majorca and Malta) and one for two weeks (Switzerland). From Spring 1987 to Fall 1988, I taught classes in Mamaroneck, NY, Scarsdale, NY, and White Plains, NY; from Fall 1988 to Spring 1990, in Fall 1991 and Winter and Spring 1992 at the Harvard Club, NYC; from Fall 1989 to Spring 1990 at the Brooklyn Heights Casino, Brooklyn Heights, NY; since Fall 1990 at the Cornell Club, NYC; since Fall 1991 at the New Canaan Country Club; since Summer 2000 at Round Hill, Greenwich, Conn., and Piping Rock, Locust Valley, NY; and since Fall 1994 at some country clubs in Florida: Everglades Club, John’s Island, Jupiter Island, Loblolly, Lost Tree, Loxahatchee, Orchid Island, Palm Beach Bath & Tennis, and Riomar.


2004 and 2005: Ran a four-day bridge seminar at the Wianno Club, Osterville, Mass.


2005: Ran a four-day bridge seminar at the Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier, Penn.


Editorial Experience


1980-1992: Editor of Daily Bulletins at many World, European and Zone 4 (Middle East, Africa and Asia) Championships.


1987, 1995 and 1997-??: Editorial work for The Bridge World. At present, the Associate Editor.


1985-1986: Published the monthly Goren Bridge Letter and edited the daily syndicated Goren newspaper columns. Ghostwriter and freelance editor of numerous bridge articles and books.


1980-1985: Editor of Bridge Magazine (title changed to Bridge International in 1984; to Bridge in 1990; and back to Bridge Magazine in 1992).


1979-1980: Assistant editor of Bridge Magazine


1981-1984: Bridge editor and adviser for the Associated Book Publishers/Methuen London Ltd.


1975-1979: Major contributor to Bridge Magazine


1974-1975: Assistant editor of Popular Bridge Monthly (later International Popular Bridge Monthly; now defunct).




Interviewed by Radio Wales after winning the Welsh Under-15 Chess Championship.


Interviewed live for 30 minutes by the local TV station in Miles City, Montana.


Took part in the pre-production for a TV bridge pilot for the British Broadcasting Corporation that was later canceled.


Have acted as a Vu-Graph commentator on many occasions at international, European and World Bridge Championships (the latest being in 1989 in Perth, Western Australia).


Member of American Contract Bridge League, Greater New York Bridge Association (the Secretary during 1989), English Bridge Union, British Bridge League, the American Bridge Teachers’ Association (scoring 97 percent in the entrance exam.) and the International Bridge Press Association.


I was a high-school teacher of chemistry, computer science (and, for a short while, mathematics) for seven years. I taught all levels from approximately sixth grade up to college entrance exam. level: thirteenth grade.