Episode 18

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.


Anam Tebha is an American born and raised professional bridge player. She learned bridge in 2008 as a teenager, while in summer school in Pakistan. Soon afterwards and only “knowing keycard”, Anam and three of her equally green Pakistani classmates went to China to play in the junior world championships.

In spite of, “not knowing anyone,” when Anam returned she “spent at least five hours a day on BridgeBase, like every day” throughout 2008-2012. Clearly, she was hooked.

Her first big, NABC+ win came in the 2016 Fall Mixed Swiss partnering Pakistani legend Zia Mahmood. Zia’s team had gotten eliminated on the first day of the Reisinger, and Anam was in her words, “loitering around the playing area with no game.” When Billy Miller came up to her and said, “Do you want to play with Zia?’“ She joked, “am I supposed to say no to that?”

Anam also won both the Team and BAM events in 2017 at the 5th Youth Bridge Open Championships in Lyon, France. In the words of junior star, Finn Kolesnik, Anam “is a beast”.

Search “The Setting Trick” on your preferred listening platform or click on one of the links below.
Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anam-tebha-mixed-tape/id1345780835?i=1000470710770
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/john-mcallister-221670174/anam-tebha-mixed-tape-1

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