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Sami Kehela

Sami R. Kehela (born 1934), sometimes spelled Sammy Kehela, is a Canadian contract bridge player. A member of the Hall of Fames of both the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and the Canadian Bridge Federation, he and his long-time partner Eric Murray are considered two of the best Canadian players in the history of the game.

Between 1966 and 1974, Kehela and Murray placed second in three Bermuda Bowls as one of three pairs composing the North America teams. Unique among world players, they represented their country as a partnership in all of the first six quadrennial World Team Olympiads, from Turin in 1960 to Valkenburg in 1980. Together they won the Life Master Men's Pairs, the Life Master Pairs, the Vanderbilt, and the Spingold Trophy three times. Kehela and Murray were also runners-up in the 1969 Blue Ribbon Pairs.

Kehela lives with his wife in Toronto (2007). He is a "semi-retired bridge writer and teacher" (perhaps 2001), as former editor of The Ontario Kibitzer and columnist for the monthly Toronto Life.

Kehela and Murray were both inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2001.

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