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Gitelman Eyes Sabbatical in 2013

Gitelman & Wife

 by Jason for Bridgewinners

Fred Gitelman, founder of Bridge Base Online (BBO), and Gold Medalist in the 2010 Rosenblum, shocked the bridge world with his announcement. He recently informed his partner, teammates, and a few of his friends that he will not play on theDIAMOND team for the 2013-2014 cycle.  For many of us, his situation as a professional bridge player would be a dream come true: He had the opportunity to play on a world-class team with his friends and get handsomely paid in the process.

Why would he walk away from it? There is no better way to find out than to talk to the man himself.  

 Bridge Winners (BW): We heard the news about your upcoming Sabbatical for the 2013-2014 cycle. Is this true?
Fred Gitelman (FG): Sabbatical is a good word for what I am planning. I had been using «retirement» but sabbatical is more appropriate since the duration of my break from «serious bridge» is currently unknown.

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