Joey Silver: Grand Life Master

Local player Joey Silver now holds the title of Grand Life Master

Grand Life Master Master is the highest rank in the ACBL. This title is awarded for reaching 10 000 Masterpoints, including at least one win in a major NABC event with no upper limits, or a Canadian title. Joey has won several.

Congratulations Joey!


Here are a few things you may not already know about the one and only Joey Silver!

When did you start playing bridge?

I started playing in 1959.


Why would one consider immersing themselves in the bridge universe?

I fell in love with the game very early on and it is still the greatest love of my life!


You got the title of Grand Master for life last month. How are you feeling?



What is your next challenge at the bridge?

I still want to win a World Bridge Championship one day.


What is your secret to shine as the bridge?

A great partner and teammate.


What advice would you give someone who wants to start playing bridge?

KISS … In other words keep it simple … and the other ‘s’!


Joey’s bridge milestones: 

  • 1959 first duplicate game
  • 1963 receives the title of life master
  • Wins four North American Championships
    • 1974 Vanderbilt Knockout Teams
    • 1981 Mitchell Open BAM Teams
    • 1985 Silodor Open Pairs, and
    • 1986 Keohane Swiss Teams
  • Won five Canadian National Team Championships
    • 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2005
  • Won four Canadian Seniors Team Championships
    • 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2015
  • Other notable wins:
    • Epson Teams in 1981 and 1983
    • 1985 Cavendish Invitational Pairs
    • Hong Kong Inter-City, and
    • 2002 IOC Grand Prix

Joey and his partner Irving Litvack were awarded the 1986 John Simon Sportsman of the Year Award.