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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
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Member Since
July 7, 2010
Last Seen
July 10
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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The "Home Club" rule is even stupider than . . .
There are three daily ACBLSYC ("Support Your Club") games; they award [b]Black[/b] ACBL Masterpoints at 100% of Club Rate, and their entry fee is BB$ 6 per player. VACB (Virtual ACBL Club) games are supposedly superior to the ACBLSYC games because the VACB games award the same [b ...
The "Home Club" rule is even stupider than . . .
Other (comment) -- all of the above
Convention cards
1. no upload necessary, it resides on BBO 2. yes 3. same as opponents, when at the table 4. If opponents call and all that they can see is SAYC, then players are restricted to SAYC. doesn't usually happen. 5. Silvana Morice, Pete Hollands, and maybe even (I haven ...
Teaching online through BBO
Zoom, Discord, or similar have proven to be adequate for the task.
Charity games to support ACBL?
Now that ACBL-sanctioned F2F Bridge in North America is down for the duration, and ACBL appears to be scrambling to find funds to sustain a severely reduced operation (Horn Lake HQ closed, 60% of Horn Lake staff on four-day work weeks, 40% furloughed and thus on ZERO-day work weeks), maybe ...
Partner Needed
BBO also has partnership desk -- find it in vicinity of Registration (look to right of row immediately above the registration box)
Partner Needed
Gotta spend that Federal check somewhere, and too afraid to go to the store! ;)
Partner Needed
Probably too late for you, Chris, but yes -- best two of Fri-Sat-Sun afternoon side games is your chance for overall awards. Exactly the same for the three evening sessions.
Help with Virtual Club Game
sorry for expired link
Some basic Virtual Clubs questions
1. no strats if 5 or fewer tables stratification is top third = A, bottom third = C, you can figure the rest stratification by mix of ACBL Masterpoints and BBO Masterpoints, don't know the BBO formula for this, but end result is average of both players. 2. BBO seating/seeding ...
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