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Matthew Granovetter
Matthew Granovetter
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 26, 2013
Last Seen
June 2
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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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 in World Imp Pairs consolation (Kathie Wei-Sender), 2nd in World Senior Teams (Russ Ekeblad). 2nd in Reisinger Teams twice (Sam Stayman). Third Reisinger (Larry Weiss, 3rd Vanderbilt (Bobby Lipsitz) and (Vic Mitchell), 3rd LM Open Pairs (Mike Lawrence). 3rd Blue Ribbon (Dennis Bilde), 3rd Senior KO (Dan Morse). First place Cavendish Pairs and 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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Anders Wirgren has passed away
So sorry to read this. Pamela and I were friends of Anders mostly because of the series of articles he wrote for our magazine, Bridge Today. They were about the theory that leading shortness against a suit contract is superior to trying to force declarer, even when you hold long ...
Playing and Planning for the 2019 USBCs
Another practical simple solution is to run the open and women’s teams at the same time, and run the senior and mixed teams the same time. Everyone gets 2 events to play in. Saves money for the WBF as well. The women who qualify for the women’s teams ...
GLASSON Wins Senior Swiss
Congrats to the Glassons! I guess nice guys do finish first.
Harold Guiver stories please
Hey, Shireen, thanks a lot for reprinting this hand - LOL.. Now I have to order some sleeping pills.... :)
Sorry, contract 4 spades after 1NT transfer auction. Imps.
Help With Ideas for TV Ad
Good luck, would like to hear more about the one-day course. The ad...suggest simple with mostly people talking, for example: Screen reads: "What's more fun than a game of bridge?" Keep it on screen for all 30 sec. Then 5 people come on one at a time, different ...

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