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John O'Connor
John O'Connor
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Member Since
Oct. 11, 2015
Last Seen
13 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am currently on my 5th bridge episode. The earlier episodes were brought to an end by moving to a different city or country. I have played bridge in England, France, Germany, Belgium and now New Zealand.

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I have been playing in Auckland since early 2011. Until around Easter 2016, I was just a now and then club player with a range of partners and the occasional success. More recently, I have found myself in a position to play in a number of tournaments as well as in club events and my success in tournaments means that I find it easier to get partners to play in more tournaments.

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My tournament results are improving and I am bringing home a steady supply of bottles of wine and small cash prizes. My biggest win up to the end of 2017 was in November when I was carried to first place in an 8B open pairs tournament by Stanley Abrahams - a regular contributor on Bridgewinners. That success led to a news report on the New Zealand Bridge website which described me as a rising star - I will try not to let that go to my head but I will be happy if it helps me in my partnership quest.

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Since then, I have won the 2018 edition of the Cambridge sixes and qualified for the 2018 interprovincial championships where I represented Auckland/Northland at seniors level. With my partner Peter Hensman and illustrious team mates Barry Palmer and Nigel Stuckey, we went on to win the seniors event. I have also picked up cash prizes for decent finishes at 5A pairs events and managed a couple of top five places in side events at the NZ national bridge congress. I rounded off my 2018 year with a third place at the Huntley Christmas pairs which included a prize of a rather nice cured ham for Christmas eating.

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I won three tournaments in 2019 and one club teams championship. I added a number of new partners to my list and ended the year with a total of 29 different partners. Most of them appear to be willing to give me another go in 2020 so I am looking forward to that. Weirdest bridge moment of the year - realising that I am playing in a tournament with marked decks. Best moment, my newest bridge partner actually buying me a beer when I made a beer card.

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Country
New Zealand

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Tony Forrester turned up at the Cambridge club with his sponsor for practice and came second. Guess who won?
Bridge Accomplishments
In October 2018, I hit the milestone of making more money as a bridge player than as a software engineer. (I was made redundant in September.) I repeated this in November and December.
Regular Bridge Partners
Stanley Abrahams and Hamish Brown from here as well as Jeremy Fraser-Hoskin and Kinga Hajmasi. Also the Waynes Gyde and Oakley and over 20 others from 2019
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Auckland, Akarana and Hamilton where I am a country member. (You remember.)
Favorite Tournaments
New Zealand National Congress
Favorite Conventions
I play both types of bidding system. Standard _and_ American.
ACBL Ranking
None
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Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
I will defer to Wayne in his judgement as to the suitability of these cards for stage magicians but I doubt that their appearance is an accident. The main reason for thinking this is the choice of pattern. The creator of these cards clearly knows a lot about psycho visual ...
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
I am glad to see that the chief director has made such a clear statement. I am concerned that the clubs seem to be left hanging out to dry. Surely, NZ Bridge should now be striving to work out where the marked decks come from and then pressuring the supplier ...
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
That is the most common pattern. I have also seen another one at the Huntley Christmas Tournament.
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
i cannot see it on the website either. Perhaps it has been taken down.
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
How else do you explain the disparity in my results between clean and dirty tournaments? But, consider this, you do not need a pair to be working on this together. One person, who has worked out the correlation between the back pattern and the card, can gain advantage without their ...
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
There are very many marked decks in circulation. I know of one club that purchased over 100 decks from a known supplier and they were all marked and the purchasing club has verified that the decks are all marked in the same recognizable way. The problem David is that the ...
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
My personal checks suggest that there are probably at most two styles of marked deck in use. I have not made any attempts to correlate the fronts and backs but two people that I know have done this and they stated that the backs are all consistent. So,for each ...
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
Sounds good. Here, everyone is free to buy their own decks but there are some well known and well established suppliers. It seems that one of these has inadvertently obtained a very large number of marked decks and these have been on-sold to clubs and tournament organizers.
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
John, if I go to a typical Chinese ecommerce site, I can see hundreds if not thousands of offers for marked cards and the price is no higher than for normal cards.
Marked cards, a follow up and some observations
I have an advantage over Wayne. Even though I am actually entitled to use the title of Gentleman, he is far more gentlemanly that I am, I do confrontation rather than diplomatic. Also, I see the current Chairman of NZ bridge about three times a week. (Club, coaching and weekend ...
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