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Louis H. Watson

Louis H. Watson (1907 - February 14, 1936) of New York City was a highly ranked American contract bridge player and writer who rose to prominence in the 1930s. A popular personality and one of the most brilliant of the younger generation of contract bridge players, he was considered by Ely Culbertson to be his most likely successor.


Born in 1907, Watson died suddenly at an early age in 1936. Apparently in good health, he became ill after lunch, summoned a doctor, was advised to lie down, and within three hours died in bed at home on East 75th Street. This was two weeks prior to the Eastern championships, then the largest annual bridge meet, and he was the incumbent winner of the Mueller trophy for its best overall performance. According to Morehead, "There was no one in the world of bridge more popular personally than Mr. Watson; he alone of the five or six nationally known authorities had no known enemies."

Watson was a contributing editor of The Bridge World and bridge columnist for the New York Evening Post. (In obituary, The New York Times called it a "daily syndicated column on contract, which appears in The New York Post.") His book Watson on the Play of the Hand at Contract Bridge, published in 1934, was enlarged and modernized by Sam Fry, Jr. in 1958 as Watson's Classic Book on the Play of the Hand at Bridge. As such it is still considered a classic by experts and other bridge readers of today.

In 2012 the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) named Watson number 52 of the 52 most influential personalities in the organization's history for his playing expertise and writings on bridge.

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Reprint with index (Bronx: Ishi Press, 2008). ISBN 0923891749 OCLC 374459011