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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 7, 2010
Last Seen
10 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!

Country
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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Two questions on team games
Bridgemates work well with ACBLscore only for BAMs. I use the combination of the two for round-robin teams, with the first step being to set up and run a B-A-M game scored by IMPs. Then I have to set up a second event, Swiss Teams. I manually compute the IMP ...
Questions on Bridge Mates and Dealing Machines
As for Bridgemates, I use the reset feature when players are having problems with the devices at beginning of game. I also have Joe Steele's number on speed dial on my cell phone.
Questions on Bridge Mates and Dealing Machines
I clean my Dealer4 as often as weekly (used for eight board sets most weeks) but usually bi-weekly. Triggers for cleaning: 1: "It's been awhile, might as well do it now while I have the time" 2: repeated error messages Cleaning is mainly applying a rag (old sock works ...
What are the benefits of sanctioned bridge?
Arguendo, Ray, it is not beyond you to create such a poll yourself!
Request to Teachers: Knock It Off with the dang POINT COUNT!
John N, I have Life Master players who ask "How many points does it take to ...?" and say things like "I couldn't do ..., I only had [i]nn[/i] points." They've been STUCK with counting points since their first set of Bridge classes, decades ago! Imprisoned and never ...
Request to Teachers: Knock It Off with the dang POINT COUNT!
Bridge Teachers at some point near the beginning of the hand evaluation lesson, introduce the Work 4-3-2-1 Point Count, and the use of High Card Points as an initial and primary hand evaluation tool. Players spend far too much of the remainder of their Bridge careers trying to escape from ...
An observation in Vegas - last day regional fast pairs
@RY, and @BH, 36 tables is two 18-table Web sections with two-board or three-board rounds, (four board sets 1-26 or 1-27) or 4 nine-table straight Mitchell sections with three-board rounds (four 1-27 board sets). I can run a 17-table Web section or a 19-table Web section if necessary; don't ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
http://live.acbl.org/events/CNABC192
ACBL Elections Forum
Noel, go to ACBL's "Find a Club" at https://my.acbl.org/clubs/directory Set "District" "is equal to" 99 You will find the eight ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge clubs which are not in any of the 25 ACBL Districts.
Motions before the BoD.
Welcome to "Share Your Gripes!" Last week was my turn, this week it's Jeff's turn. Maybe it's you next week? We have good ideas, and our are in the right place. We're frustrated, maybe even a little mad. How many of us does it take ...
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