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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.

The Setting Trick: Conversations with World Class Bridge Player‪s‬ John McAllister

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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.

    YLM: Adam Kaplan and Richard Jeng

    YLM: Adam Kaplan and Richard Jeng

    At the age of 10 years and 43 days Adam Kaplan set the record as the American Contract Bridge League’s youngest ever life master. A subsequent article in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, commemorating Adam’s achievement, inspired his successor Richard Jeng who broke Adam’s record with ease at the age of 9 years, 6 months, and 12 days.

    Here are two brief conversations about Richard and Adam’s quest to become the youngest life master and what the title meant to them.

    • 34 min
    YLM: Andrew Chen

    YLM: Andrew Chen

    Make way for our newest guest to be the youngest ever (and possibly forever) on the show! Yes, it is 8-year old Andrew Chen, ACBL’s youngest Life Master to date. In May 2020, he smashed the previously-held record by more than a year. Armed with his amazing talent, he quickly accumulated the coveted 500 master points, a feat that many spend decades striving for.

    • 31 min
    Ron Smith Part Two

    Ron Smith Part Two

    Didn’t get enough of Ronnie? Fortunately for you, Ron Smith returns to the show, bringing with him equally wild stories! Ron plans to one day write a book with all his amazing, ludicrous, mind-boggling stories, both on and off the bridge table. In the meantime, enjoy the appetizers of Ron’s hilarious tales, some of which include “Handsome Baby Levin” and “Here comes the damn diamonds again”.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ron Smith

    Ron Smith

    Among US Juniors, few adults’ names are as well-recognized as Ron Smith. But don’t let his title of “Honorary Junior” fool you; Ron began playing bridge back in the Roth Stone era, when he only would open the bidding with 14 points—3 points more than what he needs to open today. A true perennial all-star, Ron stands out for his work in fostering the rising young stars of our game. He’s also a pretty entertaining and genuinely good natured fellow.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Scott Hoffer

    Scott Hoffer

    While Scott Hoffer professes to be the worst player yet to appear on The Setting Trick, he caught my attention as the developer of an iOS app called Tricky Bridge. Presently only available on iPhones and iPads, Tricky Bridge has become my go to destination for anyone who is interested in learning the game. The ACBL Education Foundation helped make the app’s series of 37 beginners lessons free. Hat’s off to both the Ed Foundation and Scott, you’ve answered one of my prayers!

    • 59 min
    RE-RELEASE: Nabil Edgtton

    RE-RELEASE: Nabil Edgtton

    I first saw Nabil Edggton at the 14th World Youth Team Championships in Taicang. I remember being in the Vugraph room and hearing fellow Aussie (Nabil is from Oz) David Stern say something to the effect of, Andy (Hung, Neil’s junior and current partner) likes to bid game and let Nabil play it. It still strikes as the type of compliment on which I would love to be on the receiving end.

    • 2 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

JohnHinton0926 ,

Bridge Personalities

Easily the best bridge podcast available.

Elky777 ,

Great Bridge Talk!

Listened to the first two podcasts on the way to and from the Philadelphia NABC. Needs a little polish in script and dead air to be great, but all the content was very amusing! Looking forward to the next one, keep it up!

Calfan1988 ,

Is this a joke?

Is this podcast supposed to be about the interviewer or about good bridge players? It's hard to tell! I have been a life long fan of the game but am not loving these interviews.

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