Gates was grilled by the young players on his system – he told them it’s 2/1 – and online play.
He was complimentary of the Bridge Base web site, created by Fred Gitelman, one of Gates’s bridge mentors.
Gates also posed for photos with the young players. He was in Atlanta for a Microsoft conference, so he stopped in to the NABC to play some bridge. He has made appearances at other NABCs, usually playing with Sharon Osberg in mixed team events.
Asked about his interest in bridge, Gates told the youngsters, “It’s a fun game, and it makes you think.”
Before he left the reception – he was playing in a knockout teams – Gates was made an honorary member of the ACBL Goodwill Committee by Aileen Osofsky, chair of the committee.