Ellen Luchette – NABC Master
I reached this next rank thanks to the late, great Lila Gleitman, my mother. Mom, my favorite bridge partner, would come to the table and when meeting new opponents, would say, “I may look like a blind, little old lady, but I always have an Ace up my sleeve.” And she would pull out an Ace of Hearts. Mom and I wanted to go to Nationals this year. We qualified right before Covid. I retired to play bridge with her and go to Nationals. I almost quit the game when she died, but thanks to John Dickenson who invited me to play with him shortly after her death, I realized the game was her gift to me. And so long as Mom is in my heart, I will always have an Ace up my sleeve. I had one tattooed permanently on my arm.