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The Setting Trick: Migry Zur Campanile

I first met Migry at the Phoenix NABC in the Fall of 2013. Shortly thereafter I received an email from Christina Lund Madsen asking if I wanted to hire her and Dennis Bilde for the 2014 World Mixed Teams Championship. My only concern became finding a female partner. Christina suggested Migry and thus a great friendship born.

Migry is no shrinking violet!  She has been a best friend, confidante, substitute mother, bridge partner, and sounding board ever since we had lunch together on January 27th, 2014, her birthday, in New York City. We agreed to play the Mixed portion of the World Championships together and after coming in 12th in the Platinum Pairs, the entire 2014 World Bridge Series and cycle.

I have had some of my best results partnering Migry. She is a pleasure to play with and has a fantastic sense of humor. We love to laugh together. She continues to have great one-liners, such as when I asked her about playing the Nickell team in the recent Vanderbilt. "We are not here to kibitz the opponents."

I have spent countless evenings at her New York City apartment talking about bridge and life with her and her equally delightful husband Pietro Campanile.

Our partnership almost never got off the ground because I had such difficulty understanding her on the phone initially. Migry did express concern about this for our listeners when I first asked her about doing the interview. One evening, over dinner, a waitress asked Migry what language she was speaking. Migry handled it with her typical grace and aplomb. 

Through our time playing together Migry has graciously introduced me to countless friends of hers throughout the bridge world who I am now lucky enough to call friends as well. I am grateful that at no point during the interview did she call me by my one time nickname, "Baby John," and consider this an excellent sign of my increasing maturity.

Please enjoy episode three of The Setting Trick. The Setting Trick can be found on the following podcast providers: Android App, Google Play Music, https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/setting-trick-conversations-world-class-bridge-players/id1345780835?mt=2

Libsyn Classic Feed, Podcast Page, Spotify and Soundcloud.

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