Contract Bridge For the World
At the age of 27, Daniel Lavee has been playing bridge for almost twenty years. At the age of ten, he played his first tournament in Toronto with long time bridge friends Charles Halasi and Gavin Wolpert. He recalls sitting with Gavin in the back of the Wolpert station wagon on the way to the Royal York Hotel. They played in a Swiss Teams event and Daniel remembers how excited the team was to win their first match and to be awarded fractions of Master Points. Over the years, bridge became more than a pastime for Daniel and his friends and family encouraged this pursuit. As an early teenager, he attended sessions at local bridge clubs on a regular basis. Some of the better club players mentored him and by fifteen he attended his first national tournament and youth bridge camp in Anaheim, California. This experience added variety to his social network where he developed many strong friendships. Furthermore, it gave him an opportunity to rapidly improve his bridge and social skills in a fun environment. Since then, he has attended many more tournaments and has greatly improved his game by playing and learning from the best in the world. He has a handful of top ten finishes in National events and won a Bronze medal in Sydney, Australia while representing Canada at the World Junior Team Championships. Daniel became by winning the World Mixed Swiss Teams in Philadelphia 2010.
Even before his big win, Daniel has been giving back to the bridge community by helping Canadian juniors on BBO, teaching students in schools, and facilitating After-School programs for students in the Greater Toronto Area. Furthermore, Daniel has created a YouTube Channel (Bridge Kids Canada). There are many interviews of young bridge players from around the world. He hopes it will help promote the game by showing the public that young, attractive people play bridge. Also, Daniel recently created a website for Youth Bridge in the Greater Toronto Area. Please check it out…http://www.bridge4kids.ca