Meet Francovill, 100 years young bridge player

Bridge is all about logic, that’s why I love it.

Francovill – 100 years young!

Senior BBO player, Dr. Jozsef Abonyi (BBO username, Francovill) turned 100 in May. His story is well worth telling.

From Hungary, and a bridge player for over 50 years, Francovill started playing in 1960. He credits bridge for keeping him young and active.

With all his life experience, we were keen to find out what makes him tick. We were honored Francovill agreed to answer a few questions giving us insight into his life and passion for bridge.

A big thank you goes out to Tamas Laufer (TOMpikk) for helping coordinate this interview and for bringing Francovill’s story to our attention.

Who’s been the most important influence in your life? 
I’ve had many important influences in my life – obviously, my parents were very influential, as were some of my teachers and various professionals I admire.

Who is/are your favorite bridge partners?
Well I have to say that it’s the partner with whom I am playing at the time. Everyone brings something different to the game. I enjoy playing with many different partners.

Tell us about your family.
I’ve been a widower for 20 years. I have two children and five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. I’m the only bridge player in the family!

What do you like the most about playing bridge?
I’m a big fan of logic. Bridge is all about logic and that’s why I love it. I like playing teams and pairs best of all.

How long have you been playing bridge on BBO? 
I started playing on BBO when I was 90 – so for 10 years now.

What tips would you give to help new players?
Become immersed in the game because it is an excellent way of keeping your mind in good order

What are your proudest achievements? 
If there were any they’ve long been forgotten. Along with my pride!

You’re now 100 years young. What do you attribute to your good health and longevity? 
I would have to say about 70% would be down to genes! But I would also add that bridge has certainly helped keep me young and active.

What did you do for work? 
I was a Doctor of Internal Medicine. Specifically a Pulmonologist.  

What do you like to do besides playing bridge? 
I played the violin. I love chamber music and often played Viennese classics as part of a quartet with my friends. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Attempt to live a full life, enrich your mind and body – and part of that should include playing bridge!