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FLEISHER TEAM - Fleisher-Kamil, Levin-Weinstein, Martel-Stansby - Bye to Round of 8 PDF Print E-mail

The Fleisher team finished second in the 2010 Vanderbilt to earn a bye to the Round of 8 of the 2010 USBC.

System Information

Fleisher-Kamil System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card

Levin-Weinstein System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card

Martel-Stansby System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card

 

About the Players

Marty Fleisher
 
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Marty Fleisher, photo by Andrea Beirstein
 Born in the Big Apple, Marty learned to play bridge at the age of eight by observing his parents and uncle. His biggest thrill is a tie between winning the Intercollegiate Championships at the age of 18 and his victory in the 2000 Cavendish Pairs. However, he considers his "greatest achievement" an absolute toss up between his marriage to his wife of twenty-five years and getting to the finals of the Grand Nationals in 1976 (at age 17 the youngest player to reach a National Championship final). But there was a famine of over twenty-eight years until he won the Swiss Teams at the 2004 Fall Nationals. It is interesting to note it may have been the longest stretch between 1st and 2nd for anyone. Indeed, it took Marty's teammates in the National Swiss (Gavin Wolpert and Vince Demuy) only one National to transcend from bridesmaid to bride! Marty enjoys few leisure moments for hobbies other than bridge as his professional commitment as an Employee Benefits Attorney and investment advisor is very time-consuming.
Michael Kamil
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Mike Kamil, photo by Peg Kaplan
 

A New Jerseyite all his life, Mike credits his love of the game to his first bridge partner, his mother, who professed to him as a young lad that every hand is an adventure. Together they won several New York area Regionals and their capturing the 1980 Las Vegas NABC Flight B Mixed Pair (besting over 1300 pairs) was his biggest thrill. However, the high point thus far in his bridge career was winning the 1990 Vanderbilt with Gerard, Morse, Sutherlin, Pollack and Sanders. From 1985-2003 Mike was a stock options trader. Presently he is a "sometimes" professional player but devotes his energy toward building a philatelic business on Ebay. Most of his leisure time is spent with his wife and their thirteen-year-old twin daughters. Mike modestly confessed to a 'modicum of success with each of his partners' (including Mike Moss, Mike Becker, Christal Henner-Welland and Marty Fleisher) but only a deep rooted love of bridge could have evoked the words 'I love playing regardless of partner's or teammates' abilities.

Bobby Levin
 
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Bobby Levin, photo by Peg Kaplan
Bobby has won too many bridge events to list. He is the youngest player ever to win the Bermuda Bowl, in 1981 when he was 23. He and Steve Weinstein were second in the World Open Pairs in Verona in 2006.
Bobby has recently become an avid skier and has always been an avid tennis player. He also enjoys biking and has spent most of the last year and a half traveling the country with wife Jill and their dog skiing and biking around towns with lots of time on the beaches when we are not playing bridge at tournaments. His son andrew is in his 2nd year of college at Northwestern, and Jill’s sons Shane and Justin Blanchard are upcoming bridge players who live in New York city.
Steve Weinstein
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Steve Weinstein, photo by Peg Kaplan
 
 Steve Weinstein is the youngest player on the Fleisher team, and also the youngest player ever to win an NABC event (the Life Master Pairs in 1981 when he was 17). He has since won many other NABC events, as well as finishing 5-8 in the Bermuda Bowl & 2nd in the World Open Pairs.
Steve has been married to Liz Davis since 1993 (they have been together since 1986). He lives in Andes NY “the middle of nowhere” with 2 dogs, Zeke and Luther, and Archie the cat.  After leaving Wall street in 2002, he has pursued a career as a professional bridge and poker player. He won the Borgata winter open poker tournament in Atlantic City in 2009 but is primary a cash game player.

Chip Martel
 
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Chip Martel, photo by Lei Shi
Chip Martel is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. A World Grand Master, ranked tenth in World lifetime ranking (sixteenth in current performance ranking), Chip has won five world championships and placed second three times. He has also won over 25 North American championships and U.S. Bridge Championships (“Trials”), most of them in partnership with Lew Stansby. In January 2010, Chip and Lew marked the thirtieth-third anniversary of their partnership, one of the longest running in bridge history. Chip also has an outstanding record with other partners, including wife Jan. Chip and Jan recently teamed with Sally and Kit Woolsey and Rose Meltzer and Kyle Larsen to win the North American Open Teams in Washington. Chip is currently chair of the ACBL Laws Commission. A favorite hobby is revising his bidding system (“Chip abhors a bid without a meaning,” friends say) and devising defenses to methods played most commonly outside the United States.
Lew Stansby
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Lew Stansby, photo by Peg Kaplan
 
Lew Stansby, former commodities trader and current professional bridge player, lives in Dublin, California, with wife and fellow national champion JoAnna. Since winning the Reisinger in 1965, Lew has won more than thirty national championships and five Open and two Senior world championships, and has finished second three times. Most of these championships over the past thirty years have been won in partnership with Chip Martel, but Lew also has an outstanding record with other partners, including wife JoAnna. Their most recent accomplishment was second-place finish in the North American Open Teams in Chicago, playing with Chip and Jan Martel and Kit and Sally Woolsey. Lew is a World Grand Master, ranked ninth in lifetime ranking (18th in current performance ranking). Tall and softspoken, Lew is known for his love of games of almost all kinds and his incredible memory for bridge hands, even those from long-ago events he neglected to win.
 
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