About the Players
|A former Washingtonian, now living in Kensington, California, Kit received a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin and a Master's in Math from University of Illinois. He learned the rudiments of bridge from his parents at age eight. Backgammon and gambling games are among his hobbies and he is quite proficient at the computer and beyond. Kit worked in programming for eight years and options trading for thirteen. His partnerships includeSteve Robinson (1960-1978), Eddie Manfield (1978 till his death in 1999); and presently Fred Stewart. Kit serves as Moderator and Technical Editor of The Bridge World Magazine. He holds many major NABC titles but his greatest thrill was the 1986 Rosenblum. However, his achievements also abound in the writing field, authoring Partnership Defense, Matchpoints, Modern Defensive Signals, How to Play Tournament Backgammon, etc. In recognition of his success at the table and other outstanding contributions to the game, Kit was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Michael was born in 1954 in NYC. His British born parents moved the family to his mother’s native home of Glasgow when Michael was a few months old, and he remained in the UK until 1978, when he moved ‘back’ to NYC in the hopes of playing bridge professionally. Twenty-five years later, he finally became a full time professional player. In the meantime, he traded options, had some kids (Ivana, Jahna, and Kevin), and managed to play a bit of bridge here and there (an underbid perhaps; Zia always accused him of being an underbidder). In 1996 he married his current life partner Debbie Rosenberg, and they moved to Cupertino, California with their son Kevin in 2011.
Michael had some considerable success at chess when he was young; he represented Scotland in the World Junior Championship and three times in the World Under-26 Chess Olympiad. But, having plateaued at that game, he quickly took to bridge in high school. He and partner Barnet Shenkin soon became the top pair in Scotland, with numerous accomplishments in major British and European events, including juniors. After moving to the U.S., through much of the ‘80’s, Michael didn’t play much bridge. Suffering from severe withdrawal, in 1989 he started playing regularly in NABC’s, with Zia as his most frequent partner until 2007. Since 1989 he’s missed only one NABC, and has played every US Bridge Championship since the event became open in 1994.
Aside from his many successes with Zia, some highlights of Michael’s bridge career include:
Winning the World Par Contest 1998
While nobody loves bridge more than Michael, he also enjoys crossword puzzles, movies, mysteries, music, and following sports and politics. In 2013 Michael became involved with the USBF Junior Training program, as both a mentor and an organizer.