Home > Member Services > Player Profiles > Tony Leibowitz

Tony Leibowitz

How did you get started in bridge? At what age? Who from?

My mother and brother both played, so I was surrounded by bridge talk growing up.  I only started playing in my forties with a good mate in WA – the most enjoyable and most unsuccessful partnership ever!

What do (did) you do professionally?

I am a chartered accountant and was a global partner with one of the Big Four chartered accounting firms.

Who is your partner and for how long? Longest partnership?

I’m playing with Paul Gosney.  We have been playing together for about 3 years now.  Very enjoyable.  My longest bridge partnership is with my wife, we’ve been playing together for decades, determinedly , but alas unsuccessfully.

If you had a choice who would you like to play with? Australia and Internationally- living or dead?

Warren Buffet – any time he’s free!

In your playing career, what is the bridge success that has the most meaning for you?

Winning the US Nationals meant a lot.  Second was winning selection for the Australian Open Team.

And your worst moment in bridge?

There are many worst moments, all involving my loss of temper & concentration.  However, those moments taught me how to behave as a player and a partner.

What do you do between sessions to put you in the best frame of mind for the following session?

Listen to music, preferably while walking.

Do you have a favourite and least favourite convention?

My favourite convention is RKCB.  My least favourite is extended Stayman – I just feel it’s not very informative.

Would you prefer to have more system or less?

I’d say in terms of system – Paul and I are about just right.

What do you do to improve your game?

Would be good to be 20 years younger!  Failing that, I have to work on concentrating consistently.

Favourite bridge book?

Bridge, Zia and me – Michael Rosenberg.

What interests or hobbies do you have besides bridge?

Family first and foremost, then business and sport (any).

What is the number one thing that bridge has done for you as a person and for your life?

Taught me to be humble.  I’ve learnt that most of my partners errors are my fault.

Bridge Results and Awards

US National 2019


National Titles

3 x Aust Nat Open Teams

Numerous National events


State Representation



International Representation

Aust Open Team 2023.