System Information

Deutsch-Larsen-Lall System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card

Bramley-Hamman System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card

Larsen-Lall System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card  

About the Players

Seymon Deutsch
Seymon DeutschSeymon Deutsch, photo by Peg Kaplan


Kyle Larsen
larsen2Kyle Larsen, photo by Peg Kaplan  A native Californian, Kyle took up bridge at a young age (both parents play). Kyle became a life master at age 15, the youngest ACBL life master at that time. When he was 18, he won the LM Pairs and Reisinger Board-a-match teams. Since then, Kyle has numerous regional wins to his credit, plus 10 national championships, and 2 world championships, and is a World Grand Master of the WBF. He continues to live in the Bay Area with his family.
Bart Bramley
bartBart Bramley, photo by Peggy Kaplan

An MIT graduate, Bart grew up in Connecticut. He learned bridge at a young age (both parents played) and got serious in college. Among his wins are the Vanderbilt, the Reisinger, Blue Ribbon Pairs, LM Pairs and most recently the 2007 World Senior Bowl. In WBF events, Bart was third in the Rosenblum, fifth in the Bermuda Bowl, second in the Transnational Teams and second in the World Par Contest. He was also captain of the U.S. team in the Olympiad in 1996. Bart has served on several ACBL committees, writes frequent bridge articles, mostly for the popular magazine, The Bridge World, where he is a staff member. Bart now resides in Dallas with his wife, Judy, and their two cats.

Hemant Lall
hlallHemant Lall, photo by Peg Kaplan


Bob Hamman
hamman3Bob Hamman, photo by Peg Kaplan

Robert D. Hamman was born in Los Angeles County, in 1938. He lived in California for several years early in his bridge career, learning much from the many great West Coast players of that era. He returned to Dallas when he became the sixth member of Ira Corn's Dallas Aces, and has lived there since. Most observers consider him to be the consummate bridge player, with a remarkable ability to focus only on the deal being played, irrespective of the circumstances. He is particularly noted for his tenacity and his never-give-up attitude.

Unlike many of the top American players, Bob has a job away from bridge too - he is the President of SCA Promotions, Inc, a prize promotion company in Dallas, Texas. Petra, his wife of 15 years, has won North American titles and was a member of the winning USA women’s team in Maastricht, while his son, Chris, is also a promising player. Remarkably, Bob even has time for a few hobbies - all games, sports and playing backgammon.

Bob might be considered the high priest of the four-card major, but he also believes in limited openings and the power of a strong club system. His partnership with Paul Soloway provided an opportunity for Bob to indulge his creative side, and he never stopped tinkering with the system, which currently runs to nearly 200 pages. Soloway, who had more free time than Bob, learned the system well and mastered its more arcane sections rather better than The Great One himself, and it is possible that they did well despite the system rather than because of it.  

Zia Mahmood
zia4Zia Mahmood, photo by Peg Kaplan  

 Zia Mahmood needs a bio less than any other world-class bridge player.  His name is probably the best known in the game, and his countless successes have been widely publicized.
His triumphs have come with many different partners. It seems that he plays each National Pair game with a different partner, yet his name is always up there on the leaderboard - often on top. And lest you think his main skill is taking advantage of some of the weaker parts of the field, you should note that he has won the prestigious invitational Cap Gemini tournament (which no longer exists, but was the premier pairs event in the world) SIX times, with 4 different partners.
Almost nobody can play the game on Zia's level, and just occasionally he reminds his partners of that fact.  However, there is some relief for these poor souls. A support group has been formed - ziaanon - and the sharing at the twice-monthly meetings has been enough to prevent permanent scarring on the psyche of those who have had the fortune(?) of sitting opposite Zia.
Several years ago, Zia stunned millions of bridge groupies by marrying and then having two children. I believe his priorities now are family, golf, haute cuisine and bridge, in that order.

Michael Rosenberg

P.S.  For more information on Zia, read his book "Bridge My Way" - or, better still, read MY book "Bridge, Zia.... and Me"