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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
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Member Since
July 7, 2010
Last Seen
12 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

 

I started playing Bridge seriously in 2006, after almost 40 years of playing once a year. and 21 months of playing once a week (plus local Sectionals and Regional)

Besides playing, I am a certified ACBL Club Director; starting in 2013 with a small one-evening-a-week club, and maintain its Internet presence (posting results, Facebook page).

In 2013, I became coordinator of the Intermediate-Novice lectures presented at my Unit's weekly Unit Game, and a frequent lecturer there. I also often lecture at my Unit's Sectionals, and the local Regional.

In 2015, I became a certified Learn Bridge in a Day? instructor; in 2016 a certified EasyBridge! Instructor.

I have taught in a local Bridge in Schools program, and at a local Country Club. I also teach small groups in their homes, including supervised play, and I am available for playing lessons.

I have served on my Unit's Board of Directors since 2014 in a variety of volunteer positions, and also serve my District as a volunteer dealing with tournament supplies and equipment.

In 2016, I started the Newcomer Game 0-20 MP Section at my Unit's weekly Unit Game, I present most of the pre-game lectures and direct most of the games; we are averaging five tables each week in 2017; several pairs have "graduated" to the 199er section. 

In 2017 I joined the Bridge Heroes team for The Longest Day, happy to do my part to help fight this terrible Alzheimer's disease and other dementias which have affected so many.

In 2018, I took a big leap from running a weekly club game to running five weekly club games, now all under the multi-site umbrella of "Bridge Club of Northern Virginia" which lead my Unit in club table count!

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United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
one that makes me look good is "Sat Eve Side Swiss" at http://www.mabcbridge.org/RegionalTournaments/Raleigh/100525/Results_Sat.htm
Regular Bridge Partners
wouldn't it be nice!
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridge Club of Northern Virginia (manager/director), NVBA (Unit 218) Unit Game
Favorite Tournaments
too many to name
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Blue Over Red Boards
For some unknown-to-me reason, our Unit owns one set of the red plastic boards. Someone of some intelligence and ingenuity took ordinary white peel-and-stick mailing labels and placed one each appropriately in half of the card pockets as "non-vulnerability inserts."
Declared Candidates for 2019 District Director Elections
politics: "poli" is the Greek for "many" -- and "ticks" are blood-sucking insects. Bridge is supposed to be fun; and when what goes on before and after the game contributes to making the game fun for the players, all is well. But when those behind the scenes are involved in "politics ...
Introduction to Swiss Teams
[b]More advantages[/b] -- six of seven teams qualified for District Finals -- every team won a least one match, so all went home with more Masterpoints. -- and of course using pairs private scores vs teams private scores, so you see dealer and vulnerability adjacent to board numer nd beginners are ...
Using Excel to Run Swiss?
report on results?
Have you ever told a beginner ...
"Dyslexics of the world, untie!"
Alerting ... how much information is too much information?
I had a situation a few hours ago when I made a ruling that totally upset a player, who was grumbling, took out a smartphone, and pulled up the relevant (she thought) ACBL regulation. I was, alas, a Playing Director. When I got to the table against her pair, I ...
Alerting ... how much information is too much information?
Q1: answer #3. Just the first sentence of Possible Answer #2. "Could be short in clubs, are denying a 5+ card major, forcing." [b]BUT[/b] If player A opens 1, then it's Player A's [b]partner[/b] who does the Alerting! Q2: Yes, further ids must ...
ACBL Elections Forum
Also worth reading are both the post and comments at http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/who-should-vote-for-acbl-board-members/ Alas, none of the ideas and concepts expressed will change the current situation, but getting current candidates to express their thoughts on them might affect current voters' choices (where choices are available). Alas, it ...
ACBL Elections Forum
Given their voter base, I expect many candidates will have no trouble ignoring this Bridge Winners forum, and BW in general. Given their voter base, I expect most unopposed incumbent District Directors will be quite comfortable with making no statement, or will make one filled with platitudes, and will be ...
ACBL Elections Forum
[b]Copied and pasted from[/b] http://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/acbl-elections/declared-candidates-for-2019-district-director-elections/ [b]Declared Candidates for 2019 District Director Elections[/b] by Mark Leonard June 3 The period for candidate declaration for District Director positions has closed. The ACBL has published the list of candidates. For four of the ...
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