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Maria Teresa Lavazza 1937-2020
Maria Teresa Lavazza, whose Italian bridge teams defined the competitive pinnacle for decades, died July 21
in Turin, Italy. Italian bridge great Alfredo Versace posted a tribute on the Neopolitan Bridge site: "From today
we will be more lonely: Italian and world bridge alike will miss her." Lavazza's passing marks the end of an era.
An art expert married to Italian espresso impresario Emilio Lavazza, Mrs. Lavazza took up bridge in her 30s. In
1980, she formed the Lavazza team, which she built in a formidable bridge force. In 1999, she was asked to serve
as the selector and captain of Italy's Open team. When the Italian Bridge Federation made the decision in 2012
to move from selecting its national Open team to a team trials process, she stepped down. In the graceful letter
photo by Michele Leone announcing her decision, she thanked everyone who supported her. "I also thank those who criticized me and
stood in my way: disappointments apart, they encouraged me to do better and better."
She continued to field winning teams and at the end of 2017, she was invited by the Italian Federal Committee president to resume
her non-captaincy of the national team. She accepted his invitation.
Versace was only 15 when Lavazza and longtime team member Italo Santia decided to take him to play in his first Italian Championships. "We had great success as a Lavazza team first and then as the National team. Lavazza was a winner. She encouraged you to be
your best; she was a leader."
At the European Championships in Ostend, Versace said, "Maria Teresa insisted on fielding an Argentinian boy who had been living
in Italy for a while. This decision was not popular but it proved right. We won, thanks to him, and all who criticized her shut up. Today,
this young boy is considered the best player in the world and I agree: he is Agustin Madala. Maria Teresa was like that: She was able to
spot talent and turn them into champions."
Lavazza was awarded the WBF Honour Trophy in 2006. When the International Bridge Press Association named her their 2012
Person of the Year, the awards write-up inventoried the contents of her trophy case as a captain or coach: all the major team titles -
three Olympiads, two Bermuda Bowls and a Rosenblum; a World Transnational Teams and five European Open Teams. As a player,
she celebrated wins in the European Mixed Teams and the European Champions Cup (twice).
Team Lavazza has been a familiar name at ACBL's North American Bridge Championships. Her teams have won well over a dozen
major events, including the three big team trophies - the Vanderbilt, the Spingold and the Reisinger. Their latest NABC victory was in
the Reisinger last fall in San Francisco.
Lavazza's social commitment surpassed even her dedication to bridge. She championed stem cell research as a treatment for degenerative diseases, and for more than 20 years, served as the president of the Piedmont section of the Italian Donors Association of
Umbilical Cord Blood.
In a July 22 Facebook post, The City of Health in Turin and its Children's Hospital Regina Margherita mourned the loss of their
"wish fairy." Among other achievements, the association - under Lavazza's captaincy - founded the pediatric cancer day hospital, inaugurated a department dedicated to palliative care and support for children with rare and incurable diseases and created a pediatric
emergency room.

Janet P. Breed 1935-2020
By the Breed family
Janet Phillips Breed, a Bronze Life Master from Falls Church
VA, died July 20. She was 85.
Jan was born in 1935 in Patterson NJ, the daughter of Ida
Thompson and Harold Moore Phillips. Jan had one brother, Daniel
(Danny) Phillips, who predeceased her.
Following graduation from Simmons College for Women with
a degree in business administration in 1957, Jan married Alan D. Breed, a lieutenant
junior grade in the U.S. Coast Guard. They left for Seattle where Alan was assigned
to the USCG Ice Breaker Northwind. Her husband's various assignments took them
north and south on the West Coast and to Yokohama, Japan, for three years, and then
to the East Coast for the remainder of his career.
Following Alan's retirement from the USCG, he founded a new company, and the
position brought them to Northern Virginia where they lived for many years.
The Breeds shared a very happy, congenial and loving relationship. They did everything together, helping each other in every endeavor. They ran a 35-table duplicate
bridge game in Arlington VA. They were accredited bridge teachers and Life Masters,
and they hosted four world cruises on the Crystal Cruise Line ships.

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September 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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