Kaplan Quotes from the Rama Room

1980 World Team Olympiad in Valkenberg, Netherlands

Recorded by Betty Kaplan, Edgar's Boswell

This originally appeared in the Daily Bulletin in Philadelphia (Spring, 1996).

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1981 Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup in Port Chester, NY, USA

This list appeared in the Daily Bulletin at the Albuquerque NABC.

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1983 Bermuda Bowl in Stockholm, Sweden.

This list appeared in the Daily Bulletin at the Albuquerque NABC.

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Two anecdotes

A story of Edgar Kaplan's is mentioned by Jerry Machlin in his autobiography. EK is playing in the Life Master Individual (at the time a prestige event) and playing against a player seems to have lucked into her Life Master status. Being normally very easy going he says nothing after a disaster on the first hand. After the second hand she puts her hand down with the comment, "I didn't know what to do, I had 14 points". Edgar replies "My fault madam, I thought you had 300."

Edgar's long-time partner, Norman Kay, was a very deliberate player. As Edgar was fond of writing, "Every time Norman starts to think, I know we're about to win 10 IMPs." It is said that not long ago, after Edgar had become ill with cancer, the two were playing, and Norman was taking quite a long time before making a play. Edgar finally grumbled "God almighty, Norman, play a card!" Norman slowly turned his wrist, looked at his watch, and said "Why, are we under time pressure?" Edgar leaned over slightly and said "In case you haven't noticed, I am!"

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