Chris Willenken - Guest Columnist

Chris is one of the world’s top players and a prominent bridge teacher.  As a player, Chris is a five-time North American Champion and has represented the USA in ten World Championship tournaments, most recently earning a silver medal in the 2018 World Mixed Teams.

As a teacher, Chris is a pioneer of internet bridge lessons, having started to teach online in 1995.  He enjoys helping his students achieve their bridge ambitions, whether it be winning an online tournament or securing a World Championship medal.  Chris teaches on BBO six days a week under the nickname “junior”.

When he is not teaching or playing bridge, Chris lives in New York City with his wife, Dana Berkowitz.  Dana is also an avid bridge player; she and Chris were on the winning team in the 2021 United States Mixed Bridge Championship.

When Chris is not playing bridge, he enjoys investing in small companies and collecting fine wine.


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