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Jane Melby is the 2018 Sportsperson of the Year for the DBAA/Unit 253. Her successful nomination was echoed by many as she was described as the essence of graciousness at the table and in the clubs. It has been suggested that her most sportsman-like trait is the lack of drama in competition and that her poise and warm smile go a long way to dispel any possible awkwardness that might arise at the table. Jane has consistently played with partners at all levels, playing 'up' to better her game and mentoring many new and advancing players. Jane is best known as a popular teacher, but her most recent significant bridge accomplishment was graciously running the I/N desk at the 2018 ATL NABC.
Jane will receive a certificate and a year of free plays at all of the DBAA Sectional Touraments in 2019. Her name will be included on the DBAA-maintained plaque with all of the previous winners. Congratulations Mrs. Melby.
Robert was born in the Washington, D.C. area, but grew up in North Carolina. An identical twin Robert played chess in school but learned bridge during college at Haverford College. Robert is a graduate student in Psychology at Emory University.
Robert was introduced to competitive bridge during his time, after undergraduate school, working in a research lab at UNC Chapel Hill. The bridge team there was very strong, and both the members of the bridge team and local expert community, helped Robert and the other members improve their bridge. With the UNC team, Robert made the final of the Collegiate National Championship (where they lost to Berkeley). Robert also won the C Flight North American Pairs at the Reno NABC, playing with Ben Kompa, also from UNC.
Robert enjoys playing with new players (particularly juniors). His advice to advancing players would be to focus on the basics, especially card pay, as well as never stop asking questions about why a position should (or should not) be played a certain way. If the person you are playing with can’t answer those questions, then find someone who can!
Outside of bridge, Robert is an avid soccer fan, part of a Supporter’s Group for the Atlanta United team. He attends every game and roots for the team.
Ram was born in Chennai (Madras) Idia and his mother tongue is Tamil. He is the eldests of 3 children, having a brother and sister.
He attended school in Bombay until the 11th grade and completed his undergraduate education in Calcutta. He recieved his graduate engineering degree at Banares Engineering College and earned an MBA at the University of Akron.
Ram worked for several engineering firms including Braithwaite's and Babcock & Wilcox. He was a managing director at Conoco and Consumers Power, both in the US and India.
Ram lives with one of his daughers and her family in Sandy Springs. His three children are physicians, and both daughters are also engineers. He has 6 grandchildren, the eldest has just started school at Cornell University. He enjoys taking the entire family on cruises and other trips, sharing adventures with them in many parts of the world. Ram manages the many projects at his daughter's home. He is our resident early adopter of Bitcoins, and enjoys his yearly trips to Vegas, from which he comes back smiling
Ram first joined the ACBL in 1973, but began playing regularly in 2015. He is a very intelligent player who rose quickly through the ranks and is currently a Bronze Life Master. When asked why he progressed so far in such a short time, he credits the logical thinking he used in his engineering work. His advice to new players is to learn the systems and fundamentals without having to do every convention. He spends so much time playing bridge because it is the best chance to exercise his brain and because of the social aspect of the game.