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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien
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Member Since
July 7, 2010
Last Seen
4 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 and now direct a small weekly evening game 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 andother dementias which have affected so many.

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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)
Belle View DBC (manager/director), NVBA (Unit 218) Unit Game
Favorite Tournaments
too many to name
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Four Table Mitchell?
Relays with beginners are VERY dangerous! But with small clubs/small beginner sections, you face them sooner or later. Much director involvement helps ... maybe that's why they don't do them across the river. Tom has the best idea for your club!
Four Table Mitchell?
Four table Mitchell requires a skip, but allows four stationary pairs. I used four table Howell with 0-20 group, two-board rounds, everybody played everybody which was great for both social and competitive reasons, but the 0-20 game across the river is afraid Newcomers can't master Howells, so they play ...
Will This Forum Become More Than an Exercise in Herding Squirrels?
Hi Randy, At this point there is no LA to ACBL. And we all know how rapidly and effectively ACBL's BoD acts, and how effective the CEO is in making changes ("tinkering"). We have seen for decades how responsive ACBL (both BoD and Management) is to requests for changes ...
Check Out the New Club and Teacher Forum on Bridge Winners!
number of members dropped to zero -- software glitch perhaps?
seeking information on ACBLscor's .MOV (movement) files
Hi Keith, Good to know! Thanks for informing me!
seeking information on ACBLscor's .MOV (movement) files
Thanks, Monty. I found MacKinnon while searching for "Jeannie, the movement Wizard" -- but that's all I found -- no sign of the program. I have the Tim Hill msthematica-generated Web movements both from the MIT Bridge Club site (older) and the Westwood DBC site (current as of 2016). So I ...
seeking information on ACBLscor's .MOV (movement) files
no sign of program yet ... found this: Ian MacKinnon - The Bridge World https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/bookstore/authorgallerypages/authorgallerypage_309.html Duplicate Bridge Schedules, History and Mathematics by Ian MacKinnon. List Price: $74.95 Discount Price: $52.46 You Save: 30% 427 pages. Hardcover. The Bridge Movements ...
Web vs. Sections
I believe the information and movements available at http://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwok/bw.cgi?club=westwood&pid=display_page5 is an improvement on that at the MIT site.
Web vs. Sections
Tim Hill (of Westwood DBC, Massachusetts) has all those rover and party table Web movements in ACBLscor .mov file format; download from the Westwood DBC site.
Where bridge is dying and a possible solution
I'm moving a very small club session to an expensive retirement facility where we are being welcomed by the staff with the hope that their residents will come out for right-after-dinner evening Bridge once a week. My plan is to run the probably-less-than-five-tables weekly duplicate in the same space ...
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