Edwin Kantar

 

 

Whether one writes the name Edwin B. Kantar, Edwin Kantar, or Eddie Kantar, everyone knows, of whom one speaks. He is one of the best known bridge writers in the world. He has written more than twenty five bridge books, some available in CD-Rom form, and is also a regular contributor to the ACBL Bulletin, Bridge World, Bridge Today, and OKbridge.

We have attempted to compile these books and publications and gather them in one list to provide the visitor with an oversight of the achievements of Mr. Edwin Kantar. A short self-written biography by Mr. Edwin Kantar appears below and has been excerpted from his website.

A two-time World Champion, Eddie is highly regarded as a player, and he competes regularly on the National level. He is known as one of bridge's great ambassadors.

As a player Eddie gained stature by winning two World Championships, a dozen National Championships, and countless Regional and Sectional titles. His North American titles include the Spingold and Vanderbilt Knockout Teams, the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams and the Grand National Teams. Eddie is a Grand Master in the World Bridge Federation rankings and an ACBL Grand Life Master with more than 10,000 master points.

Today Eddie is best known as a writer and many of his books are considered classics. Some of his books have been translated into eight languages, including Bridge for Dummies, which has been translated into two languages thus far. He has won the American Bridge Teacher's Association award for Best Book of the Year 4 times.

Eddie does his writing in California, lectures on bridge cruises, and takes groups twice a year for one week all inclusive bridge holidays to beautiful hotels on the Mexican Riviera. He also teaches occasionally in the Los Angeles area as well as lectures several times a year in various resort areas in the U.S. and Canada. When not writing about bridge, Eddie can be found at Venice Beach playing paddle tennis, an offshoot of tennis, a sport in which he has also garnered several trophies. Since many of the paddle tennis players are also bridge players, often a bridge game is formed there as well!

By the way, Eddie is the only person ever to have played in a World Bridge Championship and a World Table Tennis Championship. (He had more success in the Bridge World Championship). Eddie was inducted into the Bridge Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year he was inducted into the Minnesota State Table Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

4 PBs on Playing Bridge: Following the Law, Treasury of Bridge Tips, Fun Way to Serious Bridge, Improve Your Bridge, (No Date), authors: Edwin Kantar, Oswald Jacoby, Larry Cohen, Harry Lampert, ISBN-10: B000TTBLFA, ASIN: B000TTBLFA

52 Facts of Bridge Life: Don't Leave Home Without Them - This is the content of an article written by Mr. Edwin Kantar and which is found on the Internet. This article has only been archived and preserved in .pdf file format on his site for future reference.

A written and published Interview With Eddie Kantar by Maggie Sparrow, Ontario, which appeared in the ABTA Quarterly, Spring 2005, Page 14, can be found at: Claire Bridge, who is Claire Martel. This article has only been archived and preserved in .pdf file format on his site for future reference. Copyright by the ABTA Quarterly.

Mr. Michael Nistler has interviewed Mr. Edwin Kantar for his bridgeblog. These are audiocasts for the Internet and can be found at the following link: BrideHands Interview with Eddie Kantar and Eddie Kantar Interview - Part 2. These interviews can also be found on iTunes for Mac-users and can also be downloaded. Copyright by Mr. Michael Nistler.

A New Approach to Play and Defense, Volume 1, (Kantar On Bridge), 1987, Publisher: HDL Publishing Company, Costa Mesa, California, ISBN-10: B000GR9RYC; also ISBN-10: 093735922X / ISBN-13: 978-0937359228

A New Approach to Play and Defense, c1986, Publisher: Hdl Publishing Company, Costa Mesa, California, ISBN-10: 0937359017 / ISBN-13: 978-0937359013, LC: 86158352 (Library of Congress)

Réussir et battre un méme contrat, Tome 2: Attaque & Defense, 1989, Publisher: Editeur Grasset, France, ISBN-10: 2246405610 / ISBN-13: 978-2246405610; also Réussir et battre un méme contrat, Tome 2: Attaque & Defense, 1992, Publisher: Editeur Grasset, France, ISBN-10: 2246434912 / ISBN-13: 978-2246434917

A New Approach to Play and Defense: 100 New Problems-In Matched Pairs-To Play Both Ways (New Approach to Play and Defense), Volume 2, (Kantar On Bridge), 1986, ISBN-10: 1882180089 / ISBN-13: 9781882180080; A New Approach to Play and Defense: 100 New Problems-In Matched Pairs-To Play Both Ways (New Approach to Play and Defense), Volume 2, 1993, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Group, ISBN-10: 1882180070 / ISBN-13: 9781882180073; also 1996, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Group, ISBN-10: 1882180089 / ISBN-13: 9781882180080

An Expert's Guide to Improving Your Bidding Skills, (Improving Your Bidding Skills), 1980, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879803800 / ISBN-13: 9780879803803

A Treasury of Bridge Tips: 540 Bidding Tips to Improve Your Partner's Game, 1992/3, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Group, ISBN-10: 1882180062 / ISBN-13: 9781882180066; reprint 1994, Publisher: Edwin Kantar, ISBN-10: 0963097008 / ISBN-13: 9780963097002; reprint 2001, (Kantar On Bridge), Publisher: Griffin Publishing Inc., ISBN-10: 1580000932 / ISBN-13: 978-1580000932; reprint 2002, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Inc., ISBN-10: 1580000932 / ISBN-13: 978-1580000932

The Library of Congress has the listing: Treasury of Bridge Tips, 2000, Publisher: Squeeze Books, Poughkeepsie, New York, ISBN: 1587760436, LC: 00104454

Bridge Bidding Made Easy: A Modern Guide to the Language of the Game, 1972; reprint 1980, Publisher: Wilshire Book Co., North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879800127 / ISBN-13: 978-0879800123

Bridge Conventions: A Guide to Understanding Techniques of Modern Bidding, 1972, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, (ISBN-10: B000L3XLKC), ISBN-10: 0879800135 / ISBN-13: 978-0879800130

Bridge For Dummies, 1997, Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, ISBN-10: 0764550152 / ISBN-13: 9780764550157; also c1997, Publsher: IDG Books Worldwide, Foster City, California, ISBN: 0764550152, LC: 97072424; also Bridge For Dummies, c2006, 2nd Edition, Publisher: Wiley Publications Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, ISBN-10: 0471924261 / ISBN-13: 9780471924265; LC: 2006926377

Bridge Für Dummies (German), 2007, Publisher/Verlag: Wiley VCH Verlag GmbH, Germany, ISBN-10: 3527703373 / ISBN-13: 978-3527703371

Le Bridge pour les nuls, 2006, author Edwin (Eddie) Kantar, adapted by Patrice Marmion and Dominique Portal, Publisher: Editions Générales First, France, ISBN-10: 2754002766 / ISBN-13: 978-2754002769

Bridge Humor, 1977, Publisher: Wilshire Book Co., Melvin Powers, North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879803428 / ISBN-13: 9780879803421

Classic Kantar: A Collection of Bridge Humor, 1999, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN-10: 1894154142 / ISBN-13: 9781894154147

Defend with Your Life, co-author Terence Reese, 1981, Publisher: Faber and Faber, London and Boston; reprint 2003, Publisher: Vivisphere Publishing, ISBN-10: 1587761467 / ISBN-13: 978-1587761461, ASIN: 1587761467, LC: 82198827; also 1981, Publisher: Faber and Faber, London, England, and Boston, Massachusetts, (ISBN: 0571117112 - LC), ISBN-10: 0571117112 / ISBN-13: 978-0571117116, LC: 82198827

Defensive Bridge Play Complete (Melvin Powers Self-Imporvement Library), 1974, Publisher: Wilshire Book Co., North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879802871 / ISBN-13: 978-0879802875; LC: 75300700 (Library of Congress has listing: Complete Defense Bridge Play)

Defensive Tips For Bad Card Holders: Over Five-Hundred Hands to Improve Your Defensive Play, 1994, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Group, ( ISBN-10: B000KHYV4Y), ISBN-10: 1882180216 / ISBN-13: 9781882180219; reprint 2004, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Group, ISBN-10: 1882180216 / ISBN-13: 978-1882180219

Eddie Kantar lehrt Gegenspiel (German), 2001, Publisher/Verlag: Geissler, Safien, ISBN-10: 3980648222 / ISBN-13: 978-3980648226

Eddie Kantar Teaches Advanced Bridge Defense, 1999, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN-10: 1894154037 / ISBN-13: 9781894154031

Eddie Kantar Teaches Topics in Declarer Play at Bridge, 2002, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN-10: 1894154533 / ISBN-13: 9781894154536

Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense, 2002, Publisher Master Point Press, ISBN 1894154029 / ISBN: 9781894154024

Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense - ABTA Book Of The Year Award, 2002, Publisher Master Point Press, ISBN: 1-894154-02-9

Gamesman Bridge: Play Better With Kantar, 1972, co-author Jackson Stanley, Foreword: Jim Jacoby, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, ( ISBN-10: B000MW7T64), ISBN-10: 0879803916 / ISBN-13: 9780879803919; also 1972, Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York, New York, ISBN-10: 0871405431 / ISBN-13: 9780871405432, LC: 72087099

How To Win At Bridge (Wilshire Self-Improvement Library), 1967, Foreword by Alfred Sheinwold, Publisher: Wilshire Book Co., North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: B0006BRD94, ASIN: B0006BRD94; LC: 67024465

Introduction to Declarer's Play, 1968, Introduction by Alvin Landy, Publisher: Prentice Hall, Endlewood Cliffs, New Jersey, ISBN-10: 0134798406 / ISBN-13: 9780134798400, LC: 67025627; reprint 1990, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879804017 / ISBN-13: 9780879804015

Introduction to Defender's Play, 1968, Publisher: Prentice Hall, Endlewood Cliffs, New Jersey, LC: 68013004; reprint 1976, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879803223 / ISBN-13: 9780879803223

Kantar For The Defense, Volume 1, 1983, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879804009 / ISBN-13: 9780879804008

Kantar For the Defense, Volume 2, 1984, Lessons, I, II, III, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, ISBN-10: 0879804092 / ISBN-13: 9780879804091; LC: 82063189

Kantar Lessons II, 1989, ISBN-10: B000JMC4KI

Kantar on Kontract, 2004, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN-10: 1894154681 / ISBN-13: 9781894154680

Modern Bridge Defense, 1999, Publisher: Master Point Press, Toronto, Canada, ISBN-10: 1894154029 / ISBN-13: 9781894154024

Modern Bridge Defense, Book of the Year 1999, Publisher: Master Point Press, Toronto, Canada, ISBN-10: 1894154029 / ISBN-13: 9781894154024

Roman Keycard Blackwood: The Untold Story, 1991, Publisher: Granovetter Book, Balston Lake, New York, ISBN-10: 0940257092 / ISBN-13: 9780940257092; reprint 1993, Publisher: C&T, ISBN-10: 0962829749 / ISBN-13: 9780962829741; also 1995, Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd., ISBN-10: 0962829749 / ISBN-13: 9780962829741

Roman Keycard Blackwood, 1991, Publisher: Robert Hale Limited, ISBN-10: 0709056419 / ISBN-13: 9780709056416; reprint 1995, Publisher: Trafalgar Square, ISBN-10: 0709056419 / ISBN-13: 9780709056416; and 2001, Publisher: Robert Hale Limited, ISBN-10: 0709056419 / ISBN-13: 9780709056416

Roman Keycard Blackwood: Slam Bidding for the 21st Century, 2004, 4th Edition, Revised and Updated, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN-10: 1894154886 / ISBN-13: 9781894154888

Take Your Tricks: Over 550 Declarer Play Tips You Can Take To The Bank, 1993, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Inc., ISBN-10: 1882180046 / ISBN-13: 9781882180042, LC: 00104455; 1993, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Group, ISBN-10: 1580000940 / ISBN-13: 9781580000949; reprint 2001, Revised 2nd Edition, Publisher: Griffin Publishing Inc., ISBN-10: 1580000940 / ISBN-13: 9781580000949

Test Your Bridge Play: Volume 1, 100 Declarer-Play Problems Designed to Improve Your Card Playing Techniques, Volume 1, 1974, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, (ISBN: B000HMAAHO), ISBN-10: 0879802863 / ISBN-13: 9780879802868, LC: 74084310; reprint 1978 and 1983

Test Your Bridge Play: Volume 2, 115 Declarer-Play Problems Designed to Improve Card Playing Techniques for Bridge Players Who Are Sick and Tired of Going Down in Cold Contracts, Volume 2, 1974, reprint 1981/2, Publisher: Wilshire Book Company, North Hollywood, California, (ISBN-10: B000M80F0U), ISBN10: 0879803908 / ISBN13: 9780879803902

The Best of Eddie Kantar: Funny Stories From The Bridge Table, 1989, Foreword by Marshall Miles, Publisher: Granovetter Books, ISBN-10: 0940257033 / ISBN-13: 978-0940257030

The Forcing Pass in Contract Bridge, 1984, Publisher: Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies, ISBN-10: 0876430442 / ISBN-13: 9780876430446

Thinking Bridge I, II, and III: 100 Magic Hands. These are available via email through Mr. Edwin Kantar's website.

 

Translations: Many of these publications have been translated into other languages for the benefit of those bridge players, whose mother tongue is not English. We intend to add these covers as we discover them and are able to present them.

Bridge puzzels 2: 100 nieuwe speelproblemen, Dutch

Réussir et battre un méme contrat, 1989, Publisher: Grasset, France, ISBN-10: 2246405610 / ISBN-13: 978-2246405610; also 1992, Publisher: Grasset, France, ISBN-10: 2246434912 / ISBN-13: 978-2246434917

 

CD and Videos and Computer Video Games

Eddie Kantar's Bridge Companion, by Softkey, Internet Download incorporating three popular European bidding systems, Goren, 4-card majors, and 5-card majors, 1994, ASIN: B0007V1MA4, 1994, Developer: Liftstyle Software, Publisher: Lifestyle Software, Software Copyright: Lifestyle Software, 63 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084-3584.

Eddie Kantar Teaches Advanced Bridge Defense, CD-ROM, 2003, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN: 1-894154-10-4

Eddie Kantar Teaches Modern Bridge Defense - ABTA Book Of The Year Award, 2000, CD-ROM, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN: 1-894154-09-6, ISBN-10: 1894154096 / ISBN-13: 978-1894154093

Eddie Kantar Teaches Topics in Declarer Play at Bridge, 2003, CD-ROM, Publisher: Master Point Press, ISBN: 1-894154-60-6

Play And Defend With Eddie Kantar: 100 Problems in Matched Pairs, (From: A New Approach to Play and Defnese, Volume 2), Animation by Michael Shuster, Powered by Bridge Base, Inc.

Play Bridge With Eddie Kanter: Hands From Test Your Play, Volume 2, CD-ROM edition

 

Note: The BridgeGuys are more than happy to update any information not shown or presented on this web page. If any visitor would like to contribute any cover page of any publications by Mr. Edwin Kantar, this contribution would be greatly appreciated. The scanned image, which should be a minimum of 200 dpi, can be sent via email to this address.

 

 

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