Alter, Florian (born 1997)
How long have you been playing bridge? For about eight years.
Does anyone else in the Bridge family play? No. All bridge concepts and vocabulary are foreign to my family members, which I think is a shame.
How did you get in touch with Bridge? It was offered as a leisure course at school.
Who did you learn it from and where? Torsten Skibbe, as a motivated bridge, English and sports teacher, maintains a leisure program at the Fritzlar Ursuline School. I learned the basics in a beginner’s course and in the quasi-connected “BC Yarborough Fritzlar” I had good opportunities to improve my skills.
Who is your favorite partner My main partners are and have been Hartmut Kondoch, Lauritz Streck and Leonard Vornkahl in the recent past.
How long have you been a member of the squad? For about seven years.
What are your hobbies besides Bridge? I like to listen to music, which I also like to dance to, visit festivals now and then and have also played Go (Asian board game) for a few months now.
Do you also do another sport? I do some fitness to be physically more productive and to improve self-esteem – all without higher ambitions.
Favorite Music / Favorite Books? Electronic music, especially EDM, quieter things with melody but also “soft” hardstyle. I also like a selection of mainstream tracks and newly created classics. As for bridge books, I’m a big fan of Woolsey’s “Matchpoints” and Love’s “Bridge Squeezes Complete”. As far as other books are concerned, I often read books that target specific areas of knowledge or skills. From time to time I come across novels that I like, such as the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games, the Pope, etc., but reading such rich books is not on my agenda.
What is your school / professional goal? I am currently studying physics, initially with the aim of an academic career. Time will bring further insights.
Litterst, Maximilian (born 1998)
How long have you been playing bridge? October 2011
Does anyone else in the Bridge family play? My whole family has learned, my mother still plays regularly (also with me), my father and my brother no longer.
How did you get in touch with Bridge? My grandparents have been playing bridge for about 50 years, which brought my mother into contact with it. That’s why we learned Bridge together.
Who did you learn it from and where? Lessons from Christian Pohl in Stuttgart
Who is your favorite partner? My mother before Viktor
How long have you been on the squad? June 2014
What are your hobbies besides Bridge? Swimming
Are you into a different sport? Swim 🙂
Favorite Music / Favorite Books? Harry Potter, Jack Ryan from Tom Clancy
What is your educational / professional goal? Completion of physics studies, then work in research or industry.
Oosten, Sibrand van (born 1998)
How I came to the Bridge: I learned Bridge at the tender age of 6 together with my older sister Saskia from our parents Jan and Jill. After a few months, however, Saskia’s interest waned and our little sister Fiona was less enthusiastic about the bridge, and unfortunately the bridge evenings in the family died out.
My favorite partners: Philipp Pabst, my father Jan and Leo Vornkahl.
How I came to the squad: At 12, I was invited to a squad training for the first time, since 2013 Philipp and I have been part of the u20 squad.
Other hobbies: In addition to Bridge, I am also interested in table tennis and football, I played both in the club for a long time, and I am a passionate fan of SC Freiburg and NAC Breda.
Favorite music: I don’t have a single favorite music, I actually listen to almost everything from Eminem to Beethoven.
Favorite book: Six years by Harlan Coben
Educational / professional goal: After passing my Abitur I will start studying administrative science in the Netherlands in September. Where my school or professional career takes me is still open.
Stepper, Maximilian (born 2001)
How long have you been playing bridge? At the end of 2015,
does anyone else in the Bridge family play? My grandmother. My mother started me but gave it up pretty soon.
How did you get in touch with Bridge? I saw how my grandma played on BBO and wanted to learn it too.
Who did you learn it from and where? Most of Klaus Maass in Berlin.
Who is your favorite partner I’m not picky about it. As long as they voluntarily sit down opposite me, I’m happy.
How long have you been a member of the squad? Since the end of 2018
What hobbies do you have besides Bridge? I like going to concerts and playing board games a
lot. Do you do any other sport? When I have time I play tennis and soccer
Favorite Music / Favorite Books? I actually hear everything. I like small bands as well as big artists. My favorite artist is Sting. I love musicals. The best are Les Miserables and Hamilton. I read everything I can get my hands on. I particularly like the old crime novels by Desmond Bagley and Alistair MacLean.
What is your school / professional goal? First finish my studies.
Streck, Lauritz (born 1996)
How long have you been playing bridge? Since spring 2011,
does anyone else in the Bridge family play? My parents and a cousin of mine started learning bridge in a bridge course with me, but are no longer active.
How did you get in touch with Bridge? I was looking for a Christmas present for my mother and finally came up with the idea of giving her a bridging course because she was always fascinated by the Guardian column, didn’t understand anything, but wanted to learn it. Part of the gift was that my father, cousin, and I came with me.
Who did you learn it from and where? With Mieke, Micha and Wolf in Berlin-Neukölln. A project by former students for students and other young people.
Who is your favorite partner With Florian, I finished third at the European Championship, which of course was pretty nice.
How long have you been a member of the squad? Since autumn 2012.
What hobbies do you have besides Bridge? I like to read and write and actually like to play all strategic card and board games.
Do you also do another sport? Yes, I like to swim and go on bike tours, there is nothing better than sport!
Favorite Music / Favorite Books? I actually hear all kinds of directions in music. I liked the drawing of life in the “Buddenbrooks” and “War and Peace” books. And I really like the short stories by Ephraim Kishon, actually all very funny.
What is your school / professional goal? I study math and would also like to become a mathematician, preferably in research.
Captain of the juniors U26 and Youngsters U20, coach of the kids U16
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