Nicolas Hammond - Bridge
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I played bridge for a couple of months as a teenager and restarted in February 2002 and joined the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).
I became a Life Master on July 1, 2004 when I won the last required silver points (I also became a Bronze Life Master as I had almost 600 points).
The black points were also the hardest for me to get as I did not play much at the club (reached the required 50 black point in June 2004).
I am currently a Gold Life Master, certified director, accredited teacher and have won masterpoint-restricted national events in both pairs and teams.
I have developed my own bidding system called
This is a strong club system with first-round transfers.
It is named after the city I live in.
Click on the link for more details on the Atlanta Club system.
Using this system, my regular partner (Ed Foran) and I won the Sally Young Life Master Open Pairs at the Atlanta National tournament in July 2005. Our team also finished second in the Mini-Spingold II (0-1500) at the same tournament losing in the final by 32 IMPs.
The following year in Chicago we finished 3rd in the Young Life Master Open Pairs and won the Mini-Spingold II (0-1500).
In 2006, we finished second in the Victor Daly KO, this was the main
team event in the 2006 ABA Summer National in Atlanta.
For people I know, I can email you the
Atlanta Club bidding notes, see how to
me to get a copy.
Chicago Mini-Spingold (0-1500) Final 28 Boards
This is my first hand account of the
final 28 boards of the Mini-Spingold (aka "Micro-Spingold")
from Chicago in 2006.
I have played in two World Bridge Federation (WBF) events -
IMP pairs in Philadelphia in 2013. We finished 13th.
Mixed pairs in Wroclaw, Poland in 2016. Lindsey Weigner and I won the final B.
I am an ACBL certified director.
I am an ACBL accredited teacher.
I teach bridge as part of an after-school program at a local school.
My students are typically 8-11 years old.
After 8-12 lessons (varies depending on the time of year I teach), we take on the staff in a tournament.
Apparently kids this young should not be picking up the game this quickly...
Some of the kids have then played in ACBL events.
I now track these on a
Last updated: February 4, 2017