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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
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Member Since
July 7, 2010
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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
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
Using Zoom to add the social back into BBO
Discord, at a cost of $0, does the equivalent. See [link]http://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/clubs-and-teachers/keeping-the-social-aspect-of-online-bridge/[/link] for more.
World championships individual
There used to be such an event; its trophy is now used for the Keohane Swiss. Why not an individual? 1. no sponsor to pay the pros to compete 2. Not enough Masterpoints (one of the factors in the Masterpoint formula is currently 1.25 for Pairs, 1.0 for ...
World championships individual
Any New Zealand players would be BIWI Kiwis!
BoD Virtual Spring Meeting Minutes
But AJ has yet to post a District Director's report on the online BoD meetings. Maybe he's busy writing it now. Same for my DD ...
BoD Virtual Spring Meeting Minutes
TWIMC (especially Jeff L.) My "secret source" about the Executive Session business was indeed [link]https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/hot-news-from-acbl-district-7-director/[/link], where BoD Reps Bertoni (D25) and Kovacich (d7) mentioned the fact in their already-published reports to their constituents. With the virtual lockdown in most of ACBL-land, maybe the ...
BoD Virtual Spring Meeting Minutes
BoD extensive discussion of coronavirus/COVID-19 and its effects on ACBL and Clubs was in Executive Session thus not in the minutes. See District Director reports for D7 and D25 copied/pasted or linked to elsewhere on Bridge Winners.
Book recommendation please (or other material)
The Schenken magnum opus (the first Bridge book I read and learned from) is written for an audience which already knows Standard American Goren-style. My lack of that basic foundation hindered me for decades (current partners might say it still does!)
Book recommendation please (or other material)
Pam Granovetter's [b][i]Learn to Play Bridge in Nine Minutes[/i][/b] -- and ask Pam why she doesn't yet have an e-book version! Then play!
An update: ACBL, BBO, and the clubs
Not even NYC's Borough of Richmond, Jeff?
launch of free tournament club game
1. Check out the excellent YouTube videos by Brenda Egeland, if they pass your personal inspection, share links to them with your club members. Less than 15 minutes total for all four separate videos, [link]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPVzlKS1MEG6ajgg-PL-aUk3SibfHmQ63[/link]. 2.Read Pete Hollands' Bridge Winners article ...
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