Fred Gitelman

In the Cards is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Fred Gitelman, world-champion bridge player and co-founder of Bridge Base Online. This wide-ranging conversation provides behind-the-scenes insights into the world of professional bridge, the psychological stress of top-flight competition, and how the human mind can compute amazing feats of memory.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Art of Competition, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Bridge Background – What it’s all about
  2. A Personal Perspective – Beginnings, partnerships, tournaments and memory
  3. The Bridge Business – Educational software, online domination and special friends
  4. At the summit – Conquering the world and then reverting to type
  5. Critical Times? – Demographics, gender and the future of bridge



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In the Cards is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About Anthropology & Sociology, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.