About the Players
Aaron Silverstein is a well-known and popular New York area bridge teacher and
Aaron is also on the National Appeals Committee and the National Laws
|David is from Old Tappan, New Jersey. In 1998, he came as close as it is possible to come to a world championship without winning it. In the World Open Pairs, he and Larry Cohen led throughout the five-session final, only to be overtaken on the last two boards. He also earned a bronze medal at the 2000 World Team Olympiad in Maastricht, Netherlands. He was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2010. Berkowitz whose wife, Lisa, is a former women's world champion, often comments, "I am not even the best player in my own house." They reside in Boca Raton, Florida. Their daughter Dana and son Michael play bridge as well. David has an impressive 31 NABC+ wins, along with other notable finishes such as in the Cavendish Invitational, and 2000 USBF Open Team Trials.
Migry zur Campanile
Migry Zur Campanile was born in Bucharest, Romania, in a year that is a closely guarded secret. She is now a bridge professional and teacher living in New York with her husband, bridge professional and writer Pietro Campanile. They met playing bridge online. “He was an Italian living in London,” says Migry, “but he was desperate to find the right excuse to learn Hebrew, so how could I refuse his invitation to get married?”
“An unruly childhood and adolescence were only partially mitigated by an early induction to the family evening bridge marathons, which caused me many late nights and zombie-like mornings,” she reveals.
Migry is one of the top-ranked players in the world and she is the only Israeli player to have won three world championships: World Generali Masters (Corsica – 1998), Olympiad Mixed Teams (Maastricht – 2000), and Venice Cup (2013). Migry moved to the USA in 2006 and began competing as a US resident shortly thereafter.
Migry has several international top three finishes, beginning with both a gold and silver medal in Athens in 1991 at the European Common Market Championships. Away from bridge, Migry enjoys opera, gournmet cooking (her fabled meatballs enjoy a growing popularity), and jet-setting around the world. “Particularly Seattle, Venice, Yokohama, Albuquerque, Vilamoura, Montecatini, Rhodes, Lille, Salsomaggiore, Maastricht.”
|Ginossar won the European Open Teams Championship in Antalya, Turkey in June 2007 with his partner Ron Pachtman, and with the French father-son combination of Michel and Thomas Bessis as teammates. Ginossar won both the Israeli Open Pairs Championship and the Israeli IMP pairs championship in 2007, completing an unprecedented series of victories in a single year. His greatest achievement so far in the world championship play is a 3rd-place finish in the Rosenblum Cup in 2006. He manages a bridge club in Kfar Saba, Israel.
|Born in New York City, Willenken graduated from Collegiate School in 1993 and Williams College in 1997. While at Williams, Willenken competed in the American Parliamentary Debate Association; he and Amanda Amert earned Team of The Year honors as the most successful partnership of the 1996-1997 season. Willenken is an American Contract Bridge League Grand Life Master and a World Bridge Federation Life Master. In 2011, he won the gold medal at the inaugural Sport Accord World Mind Games Individual Championship. In World Bridge Federation competition, Willenken reached the finals of the 2018 World Mixed Team Championship and the semifinals of the 2010 Rosenblum Cup and 2011 World Transnational Open Teams Championship. He also has five NABC+ wins to date, as well as in the 2013 Open USBC.