“I had no idea I’d be any good at it,” he said. “Mom taught me the basics and Adam took over from there. I always had card sense, but at first I was a serial overbidder. I still bid aggressively, but now it’s more refined and I can back it up with my play.
“Watching my brother and playing with him has been awesome as was our trip to China. He’s made me a better player technically and taught me how to trust my partner. For brothers, we get along very well at the card table.”
Caplin said that when he was looking for a new Grand National-caliber partner two years ago, Zach was his choice.
“He’s naturally aggressive, I’m conservative, and that worked out because after 39 years of playing bridge, I have my first national championship,” said Caplin. “Asking Zach to play with me was the second-best bridge decision I ever made. The first was asking my future wife, Sondra, to play.”
Both brothers have accumulated Platinum Life Master points in open competition that includes national and world champions. The Platinum level ranks second only to bridge’s crowning achievement, Grand Life Master, which requires 10,000 sanctioned tournament points.
“The fact they’re succeeding at both the junior and open levels at such a young age is very rare,” said Metcalf. “I expect the bridge community will be hearing their names for many years to come.”
Marvin Pave can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.