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Waldemar Von Zedtwitz

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Gender Male
Date of birth May 8,1896
Zodiac sign Taurus
Born Berlin
United States
ParentsMary Elizabeth Breckinridge Caldwell
GrandparentsWilliam Shakespeare Caldwell
Great grandparentJames H. Caldwell
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Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Life story

Waldemar K. von Zedtwitz was a German-born American bridge player and administrator.

Waldemar K. von Zedtwitz (May 8, 1896 – October 5, 1984) was a German-born American bridge player and administrator.


Von Zedtwitz was born in Berlin, Germany. His mother, Mary Elizabeth Breckinridge Caldwell was from Louisville Kentucky and married his father, Baron Moritz Kurt von Zedtwitz, of minor nobility of Saxony, in 1887. His father died in a boating accident on August 18, 1896 when he was just three months old.

He was educated at Berlin and Bern, and later served in the German cavalry during World War I. He became a naturalized American citizen.He was a lexicographer and linguist.Von Zedtwitz was a keen backgammon player, winning a major tournament at age 82. He lived for 47 years in New York City before relocating to Hawaii in 1977. He died in Hawaii in 1984.He was friends with Harold Vanderbilt, the inventor of contract bridge, and became an early and enthusiastic competitor and promoter of the game, including a tour of Europe.Von Zedtwitz was 1932 president of the American Bridge League, one of the organizations whose merger established the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) in 1937. The ACBL credits him with saving it by his emergency service as president in 1948 and 1949. He was a founder of the World Bridge Federation.

ACBL Hall of Fame

Von Zedtwitz was inducted into its hall of fame by The Bridge World in 1966, which brought the number of members to nine. They were made founding members of the ACBL Hall of Fame in 1995.

von Zedtwitz AwardThe ACBL Hall of Fame established the von Zedtwitz Award to be given to living or deceased individual(s) who have achieved prominence in the game of bridge and have an outstanding tournament record but who may not have been in the limelight for a significant period of time. Each year, as many as two recipients may be selected by the Hall of Fame Committee whenever deemed appropriate.

Bridge accomplishments


ACBL Hall of Fame, 1966


North American Bridge Championships (20)

Master Individual (1) 1936

von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs (1) 1930

Wernher Open Pairs (1) 1946

Fall National Open Pairs (2) 1928, 1937

Vanderbilt (3) 1930, 1932, 1940

Barclay Trophy (1) 1948

Spingold (1) 1930

Masters Team of 4 (1) 1937

Chicago Mixed Board-a-Match (4) 1940, 1942, 1945, 1965

Reisinger (2) 1932, 1945

Spingold (3) 1941, 1947, 1953


North American Bridge Championships

von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs (2) 1933, 1939

Wernher Open Pairs (2) 1938, 1953

Fall National Open Pairs (3) 1933, 1942, 1955

Vanderbilt (6) 1937, 1938, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1960

Spingold (1) 1933

Masters Team of 4 (1) 1936

Mitchell Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1952

Chicago Mixed Board-a-Match (3) 1933, 1935, 1956

Reisinger (7) 1930, 1933, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1964

Spingold (5) 1940, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1963

See also

John Lancaster Spalding


External links

Citation at the ACBL Hall of Fame (archived)

"International record for Waldemar von Zedtwitz". World Bridge Federation.

Waldemar von Zedtwitz Photos

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