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Matthew Granovetter
Matthew Granovetter
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 26, 2013
Last Seen
Sept. 19
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. 


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
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Suggest that the Trials begin on Sunday or Monday instead of Friday. Then the round-robin will not be affected by these religious issues. In fact, if the goal of trials is to simulate the WBF event, we should consider an off-day in the middle, just like the WBF provides. This ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
My experience is the opposite. It's scribbling on a pad that causes misunderstandings. On many occasions my screenmate or I have had to re-ask a question because we don't understand the writing on the pad. But a type-written prepared explanation is clear.
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Since we want the trials to simulate the WBF event that it qualifies for, I am wondering why we're planning to use tablets. Is the WBF planning this? I can imagine some players might be more at ease with traditional cards and bidding boxes than tablets. Especially if they ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
You're both right. LOL. You choose not to have the choice. We're all familiar with Sandy Koufax's choice of not pitching in the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it was on Yom Kippur. He was not orthodox, but he felt he had no choice ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Hi, Brian It’s unusual to have a job where you need to work on Shabbos, but bridge is one of them. A rabbi of a synagogue also must “work” on Shabbos, and during the High Holy Days, even on Yom Kippur, a cantor can be hired to help inspire ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Regarding natural and supernatural, we all live in the USA, and the USBF represents the USA in world tournaments. The USA allows for the supernatural, and was even founded as a country with the purpose of allowing freedom of religion. Therefore, it would be a nice idea if the USBF ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
We all agree. The key word here is "significantly."
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
"The way things ought to be" is subjective. As a bridge promoter, I have seen that the way championship bridge is best promoted to the public is without screens and with galleries of kibitzers around each table, where the press can take photos and the audience can applaud. Yes, it ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
I'm not sure about that. If I commit to being orthodox in my religion, I have no choice but to follow G-d's commandments. To put it on another level, if your wife asks you to hold her purse for a minute while she gets her coffee, do you ...
Religious Restrictions and our Conditions of Contest
Danny and Marty and Alan are on target. I have yet to see from my opponents a scribbled explanation that details a complicated system bid. That's why careful editing of the CC and SSF is so good, as often you can just show your opponent where the bid is ...

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