The Setting Trick: Conversations with World Class Bridge Players
About This Show
Hi, my name is John McAllister. I have spent the past six years playing bridge all around the world. My goal is to win a world championship. Doing so requires getting into the minds of the world's best players.
I can not think of a better, more fun way to do so, than to interview great bridge players and share their insights in podcast format.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Zach Grossack: Bridge Star
Zach Grossack can play. He could do so as a fifteen year old star of Double Dummy now as a twenty year old he is developing into one of the world's best. He and older brother Adam Grossack form one of the top young partnerships in the world. In this wide ranging conversation, Zach is both insightful and playful, much like he is at the table. Here are some highlights: 9:18 - Get Zach’s thoughts on Danish starlet Christina Lund Madsen, including playing with her when she almost called the director on him. 15:38 - How Zach feels like he missed the golden age of professional bridge. 20:33 - On what Zach is doing to help bring new players into the game including starting a bridge club at Tufts, and how it takes so much time before one can even say that they “suck” at bridge. 29:35 - Adam Grossack might like it here where Zach refers to himself as a, “professional projector.” 30:18 - How Zach and his brother Zach recovered from almost not qualifying for the finals of the NAPs to winning in Philadelphia in March, including Adam and Zach’s partnership rule on Adam tanking and what it’s like to play with your brother. 38:38 - How you put into practice the age old rule about not talking about hands during the game. 48:15 - Learn about Zach’s previous experience with podcasting. 51:37 - Double Dummy is going to be available through Tugg.com more likely May 11 for screenings, including Cinema-on-Demand. 59:53 - Zach’s backup plans if being a bridge pro does not work out. 1:07:23 - Best win of Zach’s career to date in his mind. 1:12:36 - Listen as Zach hatches his plan to keep me from ever becoming a Platinum Life Master. 1:21:13 - Zach’s bridge hero, playing against him and with him. 1:28:48 - Zach confirms that we are in fact friends and continues to needle me. Enjoy!Read more »