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ACBL Bridge Beat #6 – Ely Culbertson’s challenge matches make daily news…

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In 1931, contract bridge started booming thanks to one of its greatest promoters, Ely Culbertson. Culbertson and his partner, wife Josephine, were gaining popularity with their Culbertson bidding system.  This resulted in a systemic war with the leading authorities in bridge, one of whom was Sidney Lenz.  The Culbertson-Lenz bridge match became known as the “Battle of the Century” and was front page news across much of the United States.  Culbertson promoted the match as the struggle of a young married couple against the forces of adversity, with jealous authorities – the bridge establishment – combined against them.

The Culbertsons

The Culbertsons

Battle of the Century: Culbertson-Lenz match, signing the agreement

Battle of the Century: Culbertson-Lenz match, signing the agreement

Battle of the Century: Last round

Battle of the Century: Last round

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January 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

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