About the Author

Carl Edward Dickel, a retired Glasgow Chartered Accountant, played and wrote about the game of bridge for some forty years and his weekly column about bridge in the Glasgow Herald was greatly looked forward to by his many readers. In addition, he also wrote for the Contract Bridge Journal and was a regular contributor to the Scottish Bridge Union News. He was born December 1, 1909 and died: April 17, 2001, at the age of 101.

In the year 1984 he was chosen as Bridge Writer of the Year for Great Britain and received his award at the hands of the late world famous Rixi Marcus at the Park Lane Hotel in London. See photograph.

As a player he won the premier Master Pairs and the Scottish Men’s Pairs with different partners, and other trophies such as the British Bridge League Scottish Cup and the Haig Trophy. He has also represented his country at International level.

For many years his bridge articles were posted online. They have been removed from the Internet, but can be viewed on this site as they have been only preserved and archived on this site for future reference.

Carl Edward Dickel authored also Green Baize Knavery, which is A Bridge Phantasmagoria - Tales of the Unusual and the McTavish Exploits, published privately July 1999, ISBN-10 0-9536093-0-8 / ISBN-13: 978-0-9536093-0-7


Obituary Notice by the HeraldScotland Newspaper - Dated: 6 May 2011

Herald bridge correspondent and accountant

Born: December 1, 1909; Died: April 17, 2001.

CARL Dickel, who has died aged 101, filled his life with a rich variety of interesting things and these always focused around his family, sport and bridge.

He was one of the finest exponents of the game in Scotland and from the 1950s to the 1990s he was the then Glasgow Herald’s bridge correspondent, analysing a hand for 50 weeks a year. In 1984, at the age of 75, he was recognised as the Sobraine Bridge Writer of the Year for Great Britain.

He wrote regular articles for the Contract Bridge Journal and the Scottish Bridge Union News.

In 1999 he published a book, Green Baize Knavery, featuring his famous fictional bridge character, McTavish, from his Glasgow Herald column.

He also found time to be secretary and treasurer of the Scottish Bridge Union and, for his services and writings, was appointed an honorary life member.

As a player, he was a Scottish internationalist, won the premier masters pairs, the Scottish men’s pairs with different partners and other trophies such as the British Bridge League, Scottish Cup and the Haig trophy.

Just a few weeks ago he was runner up in the west of Scotland simultaneous pairs competition with his partner and good friend Elsa Fyffe.

He was born in the same year that Louis Bleriot flew the English Channel for the first time and the famous Apache leader Geronimo died, the eldest child of Charles and Jessie Dickel growing up with sister Mary and brothers John, David and Norman, in Scotstoun, Glasgow.

He attended Hillhead High School where he went on to become dux – an early indication perhaps of how focused and determined he could be when he set his mind to something.

He and the family moved to Kingshurst Avenue in the newly developed King’s Park area of the city in the early 1930s and he joined Kingswood tennis club, where he went on to become club champion before and after the war and was part of the Kingswood team that won the Calcutta Cup – the west of Scotland team championship. It was here too that Mr Dickel met Annie Kelly and in 1940 when he was serving as an ARP warden on the home front the couple married, setting up home in Frankfurt Street in Shawlands. In 1942, son Edward was born, followed in 1945 by another son, Jim.

Mr Dickel studied and qualified as a chartered accountant with Nelson Gilmour Scott where he was greatly respected by both clients and his fellow professionals and would go on to become senior partner.

In 1951 the family moved back to King’s Park to where he always called lucky number 11 – 11 years after they married to number 11 Kingscliffe Avenue where he lived the rest of his life.

Mr Dickel was one of the old school when it came to being a father but the family always looked forward to the holidays, when he would take his two weeks from the firm and they would set off with best friends Peter and Marion Macdonald, who were honorary uncle and aunt to the boys, to North Berwick or further afield to Filey, Southport and Scarborough.

Later Mr Dickel took up golf and although he always insisted he had left it too late to be really competitive he was a respectable 15 handicapper. He was also an accomplished pianist having qualified as a teacher with the London School of Music. He enjoyed playing popular music and would often take the opportunity to entertain guests with his fine touch on board the Union Castle ships or dancing the night away with Annie, who died 13 years ago, as they enjoyed cruising around the Mediterranean together.

But if he was accomplished on the piano, successful at tennis and competitive at golf – it was bridge where he truly came up trumps.

He started playing in the 1920s and played for almost 90 years so he reckoned he had played most of the bidding systems ever invented. If tennis was a passion then bridge was an obsession.

Visiting him just after his 100th birthday I was a bit depressed about turning 59. It was just after teatime and I was anxious not to keep him up too late and was about to leave when he announced he did not want to be rude but I had have to leave as his taxi was due to take him to the Buchanan Bridge club across Glasgow, where he was a long-time member.

He is survived by his two sons, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Bridge Club

Mr. Carl Edward Dickel was a member of the Buchanan Bridge Club in Glasgow, which is the largest city in Scotland, and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. The city is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. The Buchanan Bridge Club has been the home of bridge in Glasgow since the year 1932, and the Buchanan Bridge Club is a fully licensed club with a bar.

Following his demise the Buchanan Bridge Club created the Carl Dickel Trophy, which is a one-round match-pointed pairs tournament. The requirement for participation is that only the leading players in the bridge club's main competitions are invited to play.



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