George Mittelman

George Mittelman

George Mittelman was born in Europe of Hungarian parents. He won two World Championships; the 1982 Mixed Pairs and the 2002 Senior Teams. He also won a Silver medal in the 1995 Bermuda Bowl, as well as two Bronze medals in the Rosenblum Cup (1982 and 1990).

In the 1990 Rosenblum Cup, in the now-infamous Geneva Incident, the team was robbed of the chance to play for gold by a scoring error, the correction of which was disallowed upon appeal.

Mittleman has won eight Canadian National Team Championships (CNTC), more than any other player. He has also won four North American bridge titles; the 1986 Keohane Swiss Teams, the 1995 Jacoby Open Swiss Teams, the 1998 Mitchell Open BAM Teams, and the 2006 Baze Senior Teams. He also won the Canadian IMP Pairs Championship in 2019 and was the runner-up in the Canadian Senior Team Championship in 2020.

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

George MittlemanNot willing to surrender an undeserved diamond trick to declarer with possible bad breaks about, Gowdy led theA, and continued with the K and another upon seeing the dummy. In a flash, Mittelman discarded the Q! Declarer could no longer make the hand.

Note that if Mittelman had retained theQ, 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.