Don began playing bridge with his family at age 10. He had his first duplicate experience in college, but didn’t start playing seriously until he moved to University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977 and had easy access to all the tournaments in the LA area. He continued to play in the Palo Alto and Santa Rosa CA clubs after moving to the SF Bay area until about 1989, when he started what ended up as a 20 year sabbatical from bridge to raise children, earn a living in various science and engineering jobs, and play in a variety of local rock’n’roll bands. He returned to regular duplicate bridge play in 2010. Don thought he had retired to Reno in March 2016, but now finds himself Club manager and directing five games a week, which sometimes feels suspiciously like an actual job.
Don is a Bronze Life Master, with the majority of his masterpoints earned in the bad old days when they were considerably harder to come by. His personal favorite system is Matchpoint Precision, but he is happy to play whatever system is most comfortable for his partner.