Sport: Cool Helen

A woman took two out of five major titles at the 18th annual summer championships of the American Contract Bridge League: in the world championship master teams-of-four, the U.S. mixed teams-of-four.

Of the 40 U.S. contract-bridge experts who are Life Masters,* only five are women. But the double winner of last week, Helen Sobel, who became a Life Master in 1940, is rated the best tournament player of all.

The wartime manpower shortage has little if anything to do with the supremacy of Helen Sobel. Eleven Life Masters are now in uniform, but the championship sessions at Manhattan's Hotel Astor showed a...

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