System Information

Cayne-Seamon System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card
Cheek-Grue System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card
Kamil-Zia System Summary Form, ACBL Convention Card

About the Players

Jimmy Cayne
 Jimmy Cayne, photo by Peg Kaplan  
Michael Seamon
 Michael Seamon, photo by Peg Kaplan  
Curtis Cheek
 Curtis Cheek2  
Joe Grue
Joe Grue  
Michael Kamil
Michael Kamil, photo by Peg Kaplan  A New Jerseyite all his life, Mike credits his love of the game to his first bridge partner, his mother, who professed to him as a young lad that every hand is an adventure. Together they won several New York area Regionals and their capturing the 1980 Las Vegas NABC Flight B Mixed Pair (besting over 1300 pairs) was his biggest thrill.

However, the high point thus far in his bridge career was winning the 1990 Vanderbilt with Gerard, Morse, Sutherlin, Pollack and Sanders. From 1985-2003 Mike was a stock options trader.

Mike modestly confessed to a 'modicum of success with each of his partners (including Mike Moss, Mike Becker, Christal Henner-Welland and Marty Fleisher) but only a deep rooted love of bridge could have evoked the words "I love playing regardless of partner's or teammates' abilities."

Zia Mahmood
 Zia, photo by Peg Kaplan

Zia Mahmood needs a bio less than any other world-class bridge player.  His name is probably the best known in the game, and his countless successes have been widely publicized.

His triumphs have come with many different partners. It seems that he plays each National Pair game with a different partner, yet his name is always up there on the leaderboard - often on top. And lest you think his main skill is taking advantage of some of the weaker parts of the field, you should note that he has won the prestigious invitational Cap Gemini tournament (which no longer exists, but was the premier pairs event in the world) SIX times, with 4 different partners.

Almost nobody can play the game on Zia's level, and just occasionally he reminds his partners of that fact.  However, there is some relief for these poor souls. A support group has been formed - ziaanon - and the sharing at the twice-monthly meetings has been enough to prevent permanent scarring on the psyche of those who have had the fortune(?) of sitting opposite Zia.

Michael Rosenberg

P.S.  For more information on Zia, read his book "Bridge My Way" - or, better still, read MY book "Bridge, Zia.... and Me"