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John O'Connor
John O'Connor
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 11, 2015
Last Seen
20 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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January 2018\n

 

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.
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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Coaching experiences
2 tables seems to work out best because you spend the session playing as two teams of four and that makes the bridge make more sense. At least to me. Three tables does not seems to be too many people though sometimes we struggle to get through 24 boards with ...
Is this a legal 2C opener under the new charts, and does the answer vary by chart?
Why do we have a 2 opening bid in our systems? Surely it is to save the embarrassment of opening one of a suit with a big hand and hearing pass pass pass when game or even a slam is on. If you open this hand 1, how ...
Boris Karloff and Geza Ottlik
Yes, just as blind people make better use of their other senses, people with poor face-recognition will often do the same.
Boris Karloff and Geza Ottlik
Having good eyesight does not make you good at recognizing faces. You can have fighter pilot vision, able to spot and ID an incoming MIG when it is just a dot on the horizon to most people and still be unable to find your wing-man in a crowded bar.
Boris Karloff and Geza Ottlik
I doubt that Frances is failing to see the resemblance. Far more likely, she is able to see the differences that most people cannot. That is a much more useful ability than seeing the resemblances because if you take that latter skill to the extreme, you end up with what ...
Do You Count Your Cards?
Hamish and I have discussed that, since we both do this, we should practice synchronised clicking when we are partners but we have not yet made it happen. :) Once, playing against a couple of 18 year olds who asked if I was counting like that, I said that when I ...
What do you bid - seeking guidance on an UI problem
I wanted to add a second page but could not see how to do so. Hence, my follow up regarding the UI comes as a comment. A few minutes earlier, I had been unable to not hear a key comment from the upstream table as they post-mortemed the hand. "Whoever ...
What do you bid - seeking guidance on an UI problem
Thanks Ray, I wanted a general poll as I am interested in the discussion about the UI issues as well as the question as to what you might bid.
What do you bid - seeking guidance on an UI problem
Matchpoints, partner does not have enough HCP to make a penalty double. We have played about once every two months for the last year and normally finish in the top few places - prize money - in tournaments.
The upside of bridge as a sport?
How many press releases did the EBU send out about that?
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