Nov 3, 2020
In August of 2012, Tom Carmichael and I spent 12 days together in Taicang, China. Tom as the non-playing captain (NPC) of the USA1 Under 21 team, and me as the executive producer of a documentary film with the working title Lost in the Shuffle. We decided to focus on Tom’s team owing to the appeal of the players on it and their chance to win the first ever medal for the US in the Youngsters (Under 21) Series. This conversation is eight years in the making.
As an outside documenter, it’s fascinating to hear Tom talk about the dynamics between his fellow NPC’s and how they discussed and learned about which teams and players were good. Tom earned silver medals as both a player and NPC in junior bridge and has represented the US in The World Mind Sport Games.
For all of the junior bridge players out there, Tom and Joel Wooldridge’s partnership started when they met at the junior reception at a Summer NABC. You never know where you might find your world class partner!
1:35- How Tom got into bridge
3:55- Parents met at a bridge club
12:15- How Tom met Joel Wooldridge
18:20- Bridge spans across generations
21:30- Tom believes it is awesome how bridge allows you to compete even against the world best
25:40- Tom’s interesting relationships with ACBL Youngest Life Masters
40:15- The competitive pressure and emotions of the game
50:05- Tom’s system with Joel Wooldridge
57:15- Tom’s attitude towards Joel’s success in bridge
1:06:45- Tom’s history with Atlanta Junior Bridge
1:10:00- Tom’s story of kibitzing his team as NPC and how he handles the non-bridge aspects of NPCing
1:25:30- You need to be able to move on from losses