World International Master: Salvador Assael
Salvador Assael was born in Turgutlu, Manisa in September 1954. He learned bridge when he was young, and met contract bridge after he was 30′s. At first, he had been playing with Ilhan Onat who has a chess grandmaster. Then, he became partners with Nafiz Zorlu. He played in twelve European Championships (1989 to 2012) and one World Championship as a member of Turkish National Team. He was ranked at the top player in Turkish Bridge Federation Masterpoint List. He won many Turkish Championships as well as his greatest victory ”North American Championships – Blue Ribbon Pairs” (one of the most prestigious pairs event in the world) in 2001. He was used to get succesful results in championships that he represented Turkey. He has a daughter, called Vera and he was known as a kind, sweet, and cheerful man.