Easley Blackwood Sr.


Easley Rutland Blackwood (June 25, 1903 – March 27, 1992) was an American contract bridge player and writer, best known for the Blackwood convention used in bridge bidding.


Blackwood was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but lived most of his life in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1968 to 1971 he was executive secretary of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).[1] He was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 1995.[2]

His son is Easley Blackwood Jr., a noted musician.


  • Bridge Humanics: How to Play People as well as the Cards (Indianapolis: Droke House, 1949); UK title, 1951, The Human Element in Bridge [same subtitle]
  • Blackwood on Bidding: Dynamic Point Count (Bobbs-Merrill, 1956)
  • Blackwood on Slams (Prentice-Hall, 1970); later title, Bidding Slams with Blackwood
  • Spite & Malice: The Complete Rules and Strategy (Cornerstone Library, 1970)
  • Contract Bridge Complete by Ernest W. Rovere (Simon & Schuster Fireside Books, 1975) – contributor[4]
  • How You Can Play Winning Bridge, with Blackwood (Los Angeles: Pinnacle Books, 1977)
  • Play of the Hand with Blackwood (Los Angeles: Corwin Books, 1978)
  • Winning Bridge with Blackwood, Blackwood and Derek Rimington (London: Robert Hale, 1983) – revised, British edition of How You Can Play ..., 1977
  • The Complete Book of Opening Leads (Devyn, 1983)
  • Card Play Fundamentals, Blackwood and Keith Hanson (Devyn, 1987)
  • The Blackwood Convention (Louisville, KY: Devyn Press, 1981) – Championship bridge series, no. 2
  • Introduction to Declarer Play (Devyn, 1989) – Future champions' bridge series, no. 8

Bridge accomplishmentsEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

  • International Bridge Press Association Personality of the Year, 1984
  • ACBL Hall of Fame, 1995[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Blackwood, Easley". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  2. ^ a b "Induction by Year". Hall of Fame. ACBL. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  3. ^ a b "Blackwood, Easley 1903–1992". WorldCat. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
      Warning: includes works by Easley Blackwood Jr.
  4. ^ a b "Easley Blackwood Bridge Books". Pattaya Bridge Club. Pattaya, Thailand. Retrieved 2014-05-20. With linked short reviews of most books.

External linksEdit

  • Citation at the ACBL Hall of Fame (archived)
  • "International record for Easley Blackwood". World Bridge Federation.  
  • Interview on YouTube on Championship Bridge with Charles Goren, 1959–1964 (audio-video)
  • Easley Blackwood at Library of Congress Authorities, with 5 catalog records
WARNING: WorldCat includes works by the musician Easley Blackwood Jr.