By Jack BroomFull
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Seattle Times staff reporter
For years, you've been wondering how to get Bill Gates to stop
by your place for a quiet game of cards.
Stop wondering. The Microsoft chairman and budding tournament-bridge
player will come to your house for an evening of bridge if you're
the successful bidder next month at an auction to benefit programs
at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
"In expert circles, he is thought of as a guy who is up
and coming, who is learning quickly," said Bruce Keidan,
national spokesman for the American Contract Bridge League.
"He not only has analytical skills, but he's got imagination."
The Oct. 19 event, a musical-comedy revue called "There's
No Business like Bridge Business," is presented by a group
of local bridge enthusiasts called Seattle's Only Bridge Burlesque.
In addition to the show, the $40-a-head event features a dinner
and live auction at the Best Western Bellevue Inn.
The bidder who lands Gates gets a bonus - one of the biggest
names in bridge. Coming along with Gates for the bridge evening
will be Paul Soloway of Mill Creek, a professional bridge author
and instructor. A former world champion, Soloway has won more
master's points than anyone in the history of the game. The
winning bidder can invite up to five players for two tables
Soloway, who has played against Gates, said, "He's climbing
not the most sophisticated player, but for what he knows, he
does very well."
Gates has competed in several tournaments and "surprisingly,
people have given him his privacy," Soloway said. Gates
was among the competitors in the mixed-pairs event at last month's
World Bridge Championships
Carole Yager, a director of next month's show, said Gates was
asked to be part of the bridge benefit by a local player who
knows him. For ticket information, call 425-746-9244.
Jack Broom: 206-464-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.