The Canadian Bridge Federation will take a break from its annual championship week play on Tuesday night to induct two Canadian greats into the Hall of Fame and also to make a special presentation.
Hall of Fame inductee John Carruthers has contributed to bridge in a variety of ways: as a player, a writer and an administrator. He won eight Canadian team/pair titles and represented Canada 14 times in world championships. He also has three NABC victories. Carruthers has chaired numerous tournaments and served on the CBF board as well as many CBF and ACBL committees. Carruthers managed Canada’s Junior program and served as NPC for Canadian Youth Teams eight times between 1991 and 2013. He is the editor of the International Bridge Press Association’s Bulletin, a position he has held since 2002.
Allan Graves is being presented by his longtime friend Jim McAvoy for induction into the Hall of Fame. Although Graves lives in the U.S., he was born and raised in Vancouver. A WBF World Master and an ACBL Grand Life Master, Graves won the Canadian National Team Championships five times. He has six North American championships to his credit, including the Spingold last summer, the Reisinger last fall and the Jacoby Open Swiss earlier this spring in New Orleans. He has been a Bridge World Master Solvers panel since 1978.
CBF President Nader Hanna will have the honor of presenting the organization’s first-ever lifetime achievement award to George Retek. Retek represented District 1 on the ACBL Board of Directors for 33 years before retiring in 2012. He was the ACBL President in 2002. In addition to his service to the ACBL, Retek was a member of WBF Executive Counsil for 23 years and is the only Canadian member of the WBF Committee of Honour.