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In the Well: Michael Rosenberg

Our next person in the Well needs little introduction.  Michael Rosenberg is known throughout the world for his peerless technique, having won the 1998 World Par Contest against the best cardplayers in the world.   He and his partner Chris Willenken are key members of the FLEISHER team which will represent the USA as USA2 in next month's Bermuda Bowl.  Today, Michael enters the Well to answer any questions you may have.

Michael Rosenberg

Michael was born in NYC.  His British-born parents moved the family to his mother’s native home of Glasgow when Michael was a few months old, and he remained in the UK until 1978, when he moved ‘back’ to NYC in the hopes of playing bridge professionally. 25 years later, he finally became a full-time professional player.  In the meantime, he traded options, had some kids (Ivana, Jahna, and Kevin), and managed to play a bit of bridge here and there (an underbid perhaps; Zia always accused him of being an underbidder).  In 1996 he married his current life partner Debbie Rosenberg, and they moved to Cupertino, California with their son Kevin in 2011.

Michael had some considerable success at chess when he was young; he represented Scotland in the World Junior Championship and the World Under-26 Chess Olympiad.  But, having plateaued at that game, he quickly took to bridge in high school.  He and partner Barnet Shenkin soon became the top pair in Scotland, with numerous accomplishments in major British and European events.  After moving to the U.S., through much of the ‘80’s, Michael didn’t play much bridge.  Suffering from severe withdrawal, in 1989 he started playing regularly in NABC’s, with Zia as his most frequent partner until 2007.  Among his many notable Bridge accomplishments include winning the 1994 Rosenblum Cup, the 1986 Cavendish Teams, and many US and European Championships.  

While nobody loves bridge more than Michael, he also enjoys crossword puzzles, movies, mysteries, music, and following sports and politics.  In 2013 Michael became involved with the USBF Junior Training program, as both a mentor and an organizer, and coached the "War of Roses" team to a gold medal in the World Youth Open Bridge Championships. He also authored the poular book Bridge, Zia, and Me.

Michael will be online monitoring this article throughout Friday. If you have a question for him, just write one in the comments area and he'll answer to the best of his ability!

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