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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 7, 2010
Last Seen
2 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
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
Convention Cards in NABC+ events
ACBL runs only three tournaments each year: the NABC's. This "Two identical Convention Cards" rule is ACBL's. If they want it enforced, they have options -- 1. [b]instruct Directors to enforce it. [/b]2. [b]instruct players who make Director calls to have this rule enforced, and do ...
A 'Bridge Center' Organization
[i]Clubs that teach beginners, offer supervised, social, practice sessions that allow them to mature, then follow up with entry level duplicate games, are clubs I wish to designate as 'Bridge Centers'. If this is a description of your club, I'd like to invite you to join me and ...
A 'Bridge Center' Organization
Hi Grant, Your BW profile tells us "Avid player, accredited teacher, club owner, manager and director in the Tri-Valley (Walnut Creek CA)." So I looked, and found http://diablovalleybridge.com/ccbc/ Like Jeff, you seem to be at least surviving in what you might term a "hostile environment." It will ...
A 'Bridge Center' Organization
ACBL can be so much better than it is! Too, too, true!
San Francisco BoD meeting
Don't tell us that "the mainstream media is intentionally misleading the public, publishing [i]fake news[/i]," Jack -- that sounds too much like stuff we hear in non-Bridge places! The ACBL's "House Organ" must be far above dealing in [i]Alternative Facts[/i]! Surely the consistent year-over-year loss ...
Never a Senior
and when the midget fortune-teller escaped from custody, the headline in the [i][b]Grumpy Times[/b][/i] read, of course, "[b]Small Medium at Large[/b]"
San Francisco BoD meeting
IF ACBL is to survive, it will be a lot different than what you see and suffer through today. There will be a CEO. The governing body will be much smaller, and NOT geographically based. Major stakeholders will be represented in the governing body. Bridge teachers? They have the ABTA ...
San Francisco BoD meeting
"Market segmentation and target marketing only works when you know how to segment and have experienced marketers doing the work." It may not look like a "massive effort," but several more precisely tailored approaches to the carefully chosen segments ("narrowcasting") should yield many more members than a "go recruit a ...
Open San Francisco Discussion Thread
Dr Jones, Thanks for helping to inform the Bridge Winners masses even though I'm sure that there are many other demands on your time.
San Francisco BoD meeting
Hi Jeff, [b]Yes it does sound unrealistic[/b]. How many of our 162K members have played in a F2F Cub game in the past year? Maybe asking them to each recruit a new member might have a better chance of working once every four years. Identifying the members who ...
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