About the Players
Richard (Richie) Schwartz, born in 1943, is an ACBL Grand Life Master, WBF World International Master. He became fascinated with the world of horse racing in high school, and was not exposed to bridge until College(Michigan) around 1962. Success came quickly in bridge, his second lifetime passion, playing with his peers and mentors Eddie Mansfield and Freddy Hamilton. After college he worked in the Defense and Aerospace Industry for 5+years, then turned all his energies to his first passion and became one of the country's most successful horse handicappers from 1975 to 1989. During that time he played rubber bridge and put serious bridge competition on hold.
He also won: National IMP Pairs in 1989, Jacoby Open Swiss 1992, 2013, 2015, 2016, Vanderbilit KO 1997, 1998 and 2005, Spingold KO 2014 Mixed BAM 2002. Also second in Spingold KO 1996, Reisingers 2002, 2004, 2014, Vanerbilt 2000, 2004, Lebhar IMP Pairs 1990, Wernher Open Pairs 1993, Nail Life Master Open Pairs 1998, U.S. Open Team Trials 2000, Mixed BAM 2006, and the Cavendish Invitational pairs in 1994. He plays rubber bridge several times a week in the "Big Game" in New York's Regency club.
|One of America's leading bridge professionals, Mike spends most of his time in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife Nancy, a former Venice Cup winner. They are the only American husband-wife couple to have won the Bermuda Bowl and the Venice Cup.
Mike learned to play bridge during high school vacations by watching his brother Bill, an expert in his own right, teach bridge classes. He is #2 on the all-time Masterpoint Winners' list with more than 50,000 masterpoints. He won the 1976 McKenney Trophy (now the Barry Crane Top 500) with a then-record total of 1815 points.
In 1979 he won Bermuda Bowl, in 2013 he won the Senior Bowl, and he also earned a Silver medal at the 1980 World Team Olympiads. Mike won his first NABC title in 1976, the Reisinger, playing on the same team with which he won the Bermuda Bowl three years later. He now has a total of 19 North American titles to his credit, including the Reisinger four times, the Vanderbilt twice, the Spingold three times, the Grand National Teams, the Open Pairs three times, the Men's Board-A-Match Teams three times, the IMP Pairs in 1988, the Open Swiss Teams twice.
In addition to his North American titles, Mike has had his name engraved on the Mott-Smith Trophy twice and the Fishbein Trophy once, as the top masterpoint winner at three different NABCs. In 1991, Mike won the IBPA's CC Wei Award for the year's best defensive play. He was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2008.
Away from bridge, he is a keen sports fan and was an outstanding baseball player in his youth, being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds