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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
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Member Since
July 7, 2010
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an hour 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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Another (better? -- you decide) Way to Intro Bridge by Video
Tough decision as to when to introduce scoring when teaching absolute beginners. Introducing scoring before introducing vulnerability is questionable. It will be interesting to see how they continue the intro series.
BOD Restructure Vote
[b]I'm among the many who fear it's too late. If not already, then certainly by the time an ACBL Board of Directors with thirteen members only turns its face toward the "Demographic Cliff"[/b] -- either looking down as organized North American Contract Bridge falls over that cliff ...
BOD Restructure Vote
Len, Any ACBL Director who is reform-minded in any way (most obviously in believing that a BoD with fewer members could be more effective) could quote Walt Kelley "We have met the enemy and he is us" and be accurate.
BOD Restructure Vote
Richard, https://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/marketing/ArmyEmail.pdf For questions and requests for pilot consideration, contact Patty Tucker at patty@bridgewithpatty.com Direct questions there, please, not to me. I only know what I have read.
Found out something this weekend that I did not know (and perhaps some of you may not either?)
arguing here does no good. Probably the same with complaining to ACBL, but NOT 100% guaranteed to get zero results.
A Small Request
If I take I-80 all the way to Omaha I'll miss the Regional (or have to make a U-turn!)
A Small Request
"What is the best thing to come out of Iowa? Interstate 80!" Peg might prefer Interstate 35 headed north?
A Small Request
Hi Peg, I neglected to take a tact pill before posting https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/who-are-those-guys-anyway/ here four years, one month, six days ago. Thanks for reminding people once again!
ACBL Live über alles
ACBL Live for Clubs does NOT indicate anywhere who directs the event! Not good. Not good at all. (or am I missing something?)
ACBL Live über alles
Thanks, Matthew, for being the leader in so much that benefits ACBL clubs. When I began directing club games almost seven years ago, I investigated Bridge Results and ACBL Merge, but instead went straight to The Common Game -- pretty much the same format for results, plus the HUGE advantage of ...
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