Frederick Hamilton was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, where
his father was an English professor at Michigan State University. His
parents played some bridge so he had an early introduction to the
At the age of 17, Fred joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and though
he never played bridge for those three years, he says, I had my
trusty Goren book with me. After his discharge, he enrolled at MSU on
the G. I. Bill and talked his mom into going to the local duplicate
club. We finished third and I was hooked! I learned as much as
possible from those I played with until eventually they were learning
Mike Passell, whose illustrious bridge career he helped to launch,
reminisces, I played with Freddie in my first World Championship in
Manila in the '70s leading from beginning to almost the end before
losing to Hamman-Wolff, etc.
Reflecting upon his long and distinguished career, Fred considers his
most treasured bridge accomplishment to be winning the Bermuda Bowl
(World Championship), defeating the fabled Italian Blue Team in 1976.
He names Billy Eisenberg, Mark Lair, Mike Passell and Paul Soloway as
my favorite partners and good friends.
Besides the overwhelming successes he has achieved as a professional
bridge player and teacher, few major NABC events have eluded him. Fred
has captured multiple victories in the Reisinger, Vanderbilt and
Spingold. Other notable triumphs include the 1982 Cavendish
Invitational, 1994 Senior Pairs, 1996 and 1998 Senior Knockouts, 1998
Senior Swiss Teams and 2001 Silver Ribbon Pairs.
He holds the prestigious titles of WBF World Grand Master and ACBL
Grand Life Master and is also the inventor of the popular Hamilton
convention over no-trump. See
ACBL Hall of Fame
Fred is available for private and group lessons in person or
individual lessons online. Call (702) 275-3714.