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Matthew Granovetter
Matthew Granovetter
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 26, 2013
Last Seen
Dec. 3
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I learned to play bridge at nine months while crawling under the kitchen table at my grandmother's house. At 12, I read the Ruth Cohen 1234 book and gave up girls for bridge. I learned to be a disciplined player from my dad and his cronies. Then I got the chance to play with famous players like Victor Mitchell, Al Roth, Ira Rubin and Benito Garozzo. After I met Zia, I learned to be an undisciplined player. My wife and I met in Holland at a World Olympiad. I gave up a career in Musical Theatre to be a bridge pro and writer. After we had two children (of 3) we discovered Chabad Lubavitch Chassidis, a branch of Judaism, and so I learned to work on my character traits. My hobby is cooking. Secret: I hate the thought of having to go play in a bridge tournament, but once I sit down at the table and take out the cards, I love it. My wife has made me into a better player but more important a better person (most of the time). I think we should strive to have fun while playing bridge, and this is a good route to success as well. 

 

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United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning first-place prize of $10,000 in the New Orleans Pro-Tournament with Pamela when we were newlyweds. We immediately got new furniture.
Bridge Accomplishments
Won 7 national titles with 7 different partners: Open Pairs (Merle Tom), 2 Mens BAM Teams (Ron Rubin) and (Al Rand), Mixed Teams (Lynn Baker), Senior KO (Reese Milner), Spingold (Russ Ekeblad). Won World Mixed Pairs (Karen McCallum). 2nd in World Mixed Teams (Tubby Stayman). 2nd World Imp Pairs con. (Kathie Wei-Sender), 2nd World Senior Teams (Russ Ekeblad). 2nd Reisinger Teams twice (Sam Stayman), 2nd Blue Ribbon (Sylvia Shi). 3rd Reisinger (Larry Weiss, 3rd Vanderbilt (Bobby Lipsitz/Vic Mitchell), 3rd LM Open Pairs (Mike Lawrence). 3rd Blue Ribbon (Dennis Bilde), 3rd Senior KO (Dan Morse). 1st place Cavendish Pairs & Cavendish Teams (Michael Rosenberg). First place Cavendish Teams (Zia). Won 4th Bridge Today All-Star Game. Co-editor with Pamela of Bridge Today Magazine (20 years), ACBL Partnership Bridge Column. 21 Books, including: Tops and Bottoms, Murder at the Bridge Table, I Shot My Bridge Partner, Jenny Mae the Bridge Pro, Conventions at a Glance, and the GUS Series. Author Weekly Jerusalem Post.
Regular Bridge Partners
Pamela Granovetter
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Cincinnati Bridge Club
Favorite Tournaments
Israel Bridge Festival, The Sunday Times Pairs, The Bridge Today All-Star Games, The Cavendish, and the Cincinnati Flying Pig Regional
Favorite Conventions
GUS strong club system
BBO Username
bridgetoda
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
In my understanding of the world, through my Jewish and Chassidic studies, G-d is in charge of most of our day-to-day choices, with one exception. "Everything is in the hands of Heaven, except for the fear of Heaven.” He allows us freedom of choice in doing good or evil. An ...
The Most Important Card
Good point. She should not signal for diamonds with Qxxx. Only with queen third or fewer.
The Most Important Card
50
Remembering My Dad
Amen, amen! And you as well, David Those who give a blessing are blessed by G-d in return.
Remembering My Dad
Tanya, Hi. I'm happy to say the Polo Grounds was before my time. :)
Remembering My Dad
Ron, thanks so much. G'mar Chatima Tova and Good Yom Tov!
Remembering My Dad
That’s better! I was charmed by the 3 jxxx idea. :)
Remembering My Dad
Ron and Adam, I don't remember Johnny Rau. But thanks for the info!
Remembering My Dad
Probably right to let East win the first trick, because you can get to your hand to play the clubs, if you choose to do this (assuming West follows). Also East might hold two club honors and unblock the next one when he returns the suit. On this deal, East ...
Remembering My Dad
I don't know. He sometimes came to the Jersey shore in the summers of the 1960's.
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