About the Players
Dan Morse (b. 1938) is a native of Houston TX and a retired pharmacist. He has served on the ACBL Board for more than 15 years representing District 16. He was ACBL President in 2008. Morse has also served as a zonal representative and honorary secretary for the WBF. As a player, Morse has won 10 NABC titles including all four major team events (the Spingold, the Vanderbilt, the Reisinger and the top flight GNT). He has represented the U.S. in a number of world championships and was on the winning World Senior Team in 2000.
Growing up and living in the D.C. area all of his life, Steve enjoyed the challenge of chess before learning bridge at the Student Union at the University of Maryland, where he matriculated in 1958. He became a Junior Master (the proud owner of one masterpoint) in April of 1963, and longtime friend Peter Boyd adds, “and he still has the certificate to prove it!”
Extremely active in both the WBL and District 6 since the 1970s, he has selflessly devoted much time, energy and talent to these executive bodies, serving in multiple capacities through the years. Steve’s wins encompass many NABC major titles as well as the 1974 World Mixed Teams and the 2000 World Senior Teams. Early and frequent favorite partners in the 1960s and 1970s included Jo Morse, Kenny Rhodes, Alan Wilhide and Kit Woolsey. Besides devoting time to professional bridge playing, Steve is a celebrated writer, authoring Washington Standard. He is also the inventor of the crash convention.
Kit Woolsey was born in Washington, DC. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1964 and earned a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1965. He lives in Kensington, California. He and his wife Sally Woolsey, a world champion finalist bridge player, lived there when he was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2005. Kit was the winner of the 1986 Rosenblum Cup world teams championship. He was also runner-up in the 1982 Rosenblum Cup, 1989 Bermuda Bowl and won the Senior Teams at the 2000 World Team Olympiad, and another gold at the 2003 Senior Bowl, as well as more than a dozen NABC events. Many of his successes were in partnership with Ed Manfield.
Woolsey has written many bridge and backgammon books, and contributed to the bridge bidding theory with innovations including the two-way checkback convention and Woolsey, a defense against opposing notrump openings. He won the 1978 International Bridge Press Association (IBPA) award for Best Article or Series on a System or Convention. Since 1984, Woolsey has been one of four (before 2005) or six rotating directors of The Bridge World's monthly Master Solvers Club, and he is editor of the online backgammon magazine GammOnLine.