About Phillip Alder

Curriculum Vitae


Life Master in both England and the United States. (I believe, the second-youngest at the time in England.)

2012 Richard Freeman Junior Deal of the Year

2010 Gidwani Family Trust Defence of the Year

2009 Rose Cliff Declarer Play of the Year

British National victories: Junior (under-27) Pairs Championship and Anglo-American Junior Pairs Championship (1971); Junior Team Championship (1972); Two Stars Pairs (1973); Crockford’s Cup (1984).

I have won several other titles, including the prestigious Von Zedtwitz Double Knockout (five times, 1986-87 and 1995-97) in New York.

Journalism: Bols Brilliancy Prize (1979); Royal Viking Line Player of the Year (1986); International Bridge Press Association Precision Award for the Defensive Play of the Year (1992); American Bridge Teachers’ Association Special Citation (1999).


Since 1991, syndicated columnist with United Feature Syndicate (formerly with Newspaper Enterprise Association), appearing six times a week in over 200 papers — including the China Daily!

Contract bridge contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook.

Author of You Can Play Bridge (1983). Published in conjunction with the Join us for Bridge TV series. This was the only bridge book ever taken by The Book Club in England.

Author, publisher and type-setter of Get Smarter at Bridge (1994).

Co-author of the 1986, ’87 and ’88 World Championship books.

Revised (with Alan Truscott) the classic Morehead on Bidding, published in April 1990 under the title On Bidding by Simon & Schuster.

Worked on the expanded Casino Games section in the revised Hoyle’s Complete Book of Games (published in February 1991 by Doubleday).

Co-author of Bid to Win, Play for Pleasure (1990), Godfrey’s Bridge Challenge (1996) and Godfrey’s Stairway to the Stars (1998) with Dr. George Rosenkranz.

Type-setter and editor of How to Play a Bridge Hand and How to Defend a Bridge Hand by Bill Root (published by Crown).

Ghost author of several books.

A contributor of articles to, inter alia, Bridge (in Italy), the American Contract Bridge League Bulletin, The Bridge World, Australian Bridge, New Zealand Bridge, Bridge d’Italia, Bridge i Norge, France’s Le Bridgeur, England’s International Popular Bridge Monthly, South African Bridge Bulletin, Montreal’s Ménage de Bridge, the International Bridge Press Association’s Bulletin, and Diversion (a medical publication).

Have been or am on the bidding panels of Australian Bridge, Bridge (published in Italy), Bridge i Norge, Bridge Magazine (published in England), Deutsches Bridge Verbandsblatt, The Bridge World (published in New York), Bridge World (published in Turkey), International Popular Bridge Monthly (published in England, now defunct), New Zealand Bridge, and a couple of panels run in non-bridge magazines by the Italian world champion Pietro Forquet.


Have run many bridge classes and holidays, most of the latter lasting a weekend, but two for one week (Majorca and Malta) and one for two weeks (Switzerland). From Spring 1987 to Fall 1988, I taught classes in Mamaroneck, NY, Scarsdale, NY, and White Plains, NY; from Fall 1988 to Spring 1990, in Fall 1991 and Winter and Spring 1992 at the Harvard Club, NYC; from Fall 1989 to Spring 1990 at the Brooklyn Heights Casino, Brooklyn Heights, NY; since Fall 1990 at the Cornell Club, NYC; since Fall 1991 at the New Canaan Country Club; since Summer 2000 at Round Hill, Greenwich, Conn., and Piping Rock, Locust Valley, NY; and since Fall 1994 at some country clubs in Florida: Admiral’s Cove, Everglades Club, Frenchman’s Creek, John’s Island, Jupiter Island, Loblolly, Lost Tree, Loxahatchee, Mirasol, Ocean Club (in Boynton Beach), Orchid Island, Palm Beach Bath & Tennis, and Riomar.

In the summer I run various Bridge Camps Without Tents. In 2015, these were or are at the Hacienda del Sol, Tucson, AZ; the Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, IL; the Rolling Rock Club, Laughlintown, PA; The Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor, ME; and Indian Hill Club, Winnetka, IL. E-mail to ask for details.

2012: Nonplaying captain of the silver medalist USA team in the World Senior Championship in Lille, France
2005 – 2015: Bridge columnist for The New York Times.
1991 – now: Syndicated columnist for Newspaper Enterprise Association.
2006: Represented the United States in the World Open Pairs in Verona, Italy.
2002: Represented the United States in the Rosenblum Cup in Montreal, Canada.
1995: Ran a training week for Australia’s junior players in Canberra Nonplaying captain and coach of USA II in the World Women’s Team Championship for the Venice Cup.
1994: Nonplaying captain and coach of the bronze medal winning USA team in the McConnell Cup. Represented the United States in the Rosenblum Cup and Open Pairs at the World Championships.
1989: Coach of Egyptian Bermuda Bowl World Championship team.
1987 & 1988: Coach of Pakistani World Championship team.
1986: The United States in the Open Pairs at the World Championships.
1980: England in the Camrose Trophy (full international series between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).
1979: Helped to run the European Bridge League’s Junior Camp in Ghent, Belgium.
1976: Great Britain in the Junior (under-25) Common Market Championships.
1974: Great Britain in the Open Pairs at the Common Market Championships.
1972: Great Britain in the Junior (under-27) European Championship.
1972 & 1971: England in the Junior Camrose (under-27 Home Countries international championship).
1980-2010 Editor of Daily Bulletins at many World, European and Zone 4 (Middle East, Africa and Asia) Championships.
1987, 1995 &

1997 -now

Editorial work for The Bridge World. Since 1997, the Associate Editor.
1985-1986 Published the monthly Goren Bridge Letter and edited the daily syndicated Goren newspaper columns. Ghostwriter and freelance editor of numerous bridge articles and books.
1980-1985 Editor of Bridge Magazine (title changed to Bridge International in 1984; to Bridge in 1990; and back to Bridge Magazine in 1992).
1979-1980 Assistant editor of Bridge Magazine.
1981-1984 Bridge editor and adviser for the Associated Book Publishers/Methuen London Ltd.
1975-1979 Major contributor to Bridge Magazine.
1974-1975 Assistant editor of Popular Bridge Monthly (later International Popular Bridge Monthly; now defunct).

Interviewed by Radio Wales after winning the Welsh Under-15 Chess Championship.

Interviewed live for 30 minutes by the local TV station in Miles City, Montana.

Took part in the pre-production for a TV bridge pilot for the British Broadcasting Corporation that was later canceled.

Member of American Contract Bridge League, Greater New York Bridge Association (the Secretary during 1989), English Bridge Union, British Bridge League, the American Bridge Teachers’ Association (scoring 97 percent in the entrance exam.) and the International Bridge Press Association.

I was a high-school teacher of chemistry and computer science (and, for a short while, mathematics) for seven years. I taught all levels from approximately sixth grade up to college entrance exam. level: thirteenth grade.