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Welcome to my Bridge site. My hope is to keep you all updated as to
Bridge Happenings all over. We also would like to share Bridge News
from around the World as we receive it. As we are into to my
term as President, we are planning to keep you updated on our
travels and experiences around the country, through the Year.
The Most Important part of the project is representing the members.
If you have any questions or Ideas, please submit through our email.
We will try answering all; if we haven’t got the answer, we will direct
your query to the right source.
Remember Bridge is a game for all. Bridge is a game for life.
To quote Bridge Player Bill Gates, (Microsoft Founder)
“Anybody who is good at bridge is going to be great at a lot of things"
DUAIS AN UACHTARAIN 2019
September 21st & 22nd
Westmanstown Sports Centre
Saturday 1:30 Sessions 1 & 2
Sunday 11am Session 3
ENTRIES USE DIRECT ENTRY ON LINE
For Those staying in Local Hotels we will have a "Shuttle Bus" to and from Westmanstown
Before and after Bridge - must contact us for bus service
Contact email:firstname.lastname@example.org Text 087 262 7218
Local Hotels - Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre - Castleknock Hotel - Travelodge, Navan Road, Castleknock - Carlton Hotel Church Rd, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15
Special President's Prize Competition
Sunday 11am (One Session)
Inter B & Novice
(No Pre Entry)
MLR Seminar Week 7
Coaches: Mary Timoney, Kevin O'Dea, Bert McKay - Workers Blanaid Morris, Barbara Burke, Siobhan Canty
Sonya Britton Trophy August 10/11
Belfast LeMons Hotel
Fantastic weekend in Belfast
Thanks to our host NIBU for the wonderful hospitality
Great organization, really well run
Congratulations to the NIBU Team who proved too
Strong for CBAI this year but in the great spirit of our game
win or lose we enjoyed the bridge , and we did enjoy the whole weekend
Full Results goto NIBU Website
Was invited as guest speaker by MLR
for their Coaching Day some 55+ people attended
We even got to wear our "Play Bridge" shirts
celebrating Bridge Week in Ireland (See Photo above)
Next Event Bray Congress Week 9
Bray Congress Aug 30/31/Sept 1st -The Royal Bray Hotel
086 2596889 or email@example.com
Pre-entry through CBAI online booking system Competitions.cbai.ie
Next Event North Kerry Congress Rose Hotel Tralee Week 10
Bridge & Humour:
An Incredible Hand by Jay Becker
I was South. It was the best hand I ever held. Quietly, without fanfare, I opened with seven clubs.
South dealer. Both sides vulnerable.
I was South. It was the best hand I ever held. Quietly, without fanfare, I opened with seven clubs. West passed, and so did dear partner, but East bid seven spades. This was very disturbing, but there was little left for me to do except double. West passed, and so did partner, but East came to life with a vibrant redouble. Now I have known East for many years, and a more conservative bridge player you have never seen. When he redoubles, – you can dismiss all thoughts of beating the contract.
You have no idea how cautious this man is. He always wears suspenders in addition to a belt. Alongside him, Casper Milquetoast would look like an absolutely reckless individual. I was getting ready to lead, when all of a sudden the thought struck me that East must have thirteen spades. In a flash I saw the way out. I backed my judgment and bid seven notrump.
West couldn’t have a spade and I had thirteen tricks with any other lead. When East doubled I was so carried away by my brilliant deduction that I redoubled. When West opened the four of spades, I could hardly believe my eyes. East took it with the ace, followed with the king, and then, with fiendish delight, cashed his spades, one by one. Never have I been more miserable. With every trick East took, I winced. The biggest set in history was taking place, down thirteen — 7,800 points.
The word would get around. I could never live it down. With a final flourish, East played his last card—the four of spades. Suddenly, it hit me. This was the same card West had led originally. Something was wrong. My anger mounted. My anguish sought to express itself, but I couldn’t get the words out.
Just then a familiar voice said: “Wake up, dear, and stop groaning, for heaven’s sake. You have to write tomorrow’s column.”
So here it is.
Reprinted from csbnews Bridge site www.csbnews.org
Site is worth a visit
WHY PLAY BRIDGE
“Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised”
W. Somerset Maugham
What is Bridge?
Bridge is an elegant game with many layers. It involves maths and strategy and tactics. If you want to stimulate your grey cells sit at a bridge table.
In bridge, there is almost endless staying on top of things. You have to keep a lot of numbers in your head: how many points in your hand and how
many your partner may have. And then there is the soul of bridge: the bidding. You have to know what your partner’s bids mean in terms of total
points and number of suits — 1 club, 1 spade, 1 no trump, 2 hearts, etc. And the most challenging aspect: your response. What does your partner's
bid mean and how do you respond?
Then there is the actual playing of the hand. You have to monitor what cards are played, especially your partner's (a low card may mean something,
a certain suit something else), the number of trumps still out, what high cards your opponents have, etc. It is a constant mental ping-pong match.
After an hour or so you may feel like your brain needs a cold shower and a rubdown.
What Benefits does Bridge bring?
Research has long shown that ongoing mental engagement can lower your risk of dementia. But the kind of social interaction and group get-togethers
that bridge provides may also be a key to a longer, healthier life. A new report published by the National Academy of Sciences says "social isolation
and loneliness are associated with increased mortality."
Another new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience discovered that isolation reduced the production of myelin, a protective nerve fibre, and
could contribute to mental illness.
The game has benefits for older adults as well. Over the years, several research studies released by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of
Yeshiva University found that “Playing chess, bridge or a musical instrument significantly lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s
disease or other forms of dementia.”
If you’re neither young, nor at risk of Dementia, there are still benefits. A November 2000 study by a University of California, Berkeley
researcher, Marian Cleeves Diamond, found that playing contract bridge leaves people with higher numbers of immune cells.
But above all, bridge is about partnerships. To be successful you have to work as a team. Communication is essential. It is this human
factor that sets it apart from other games. People enjoy how bridge makes them interact with others.
“There is little conversation during play. When my partner makes a bid I have to communicate through my bidding. It's like speaking
another language. When we begin to play the hand, again in silence, I watch what cards she discards. I know she is trying to tell me
something — urging me to play a certain card. I do the same in return. And when she bites her index finger, I can hear a thousand thoughts
running through her head. They are the same as mine.”
Benefits for Young people
A study commissioned by the English Bridge Union at St. Paul’s School in Manchester clearly shows a positive development of the young
people involved. This study concentrated more on social skill development, rather than improvements of a purely academic nature.
Experience shows that bridge teaches:
Sorting into groups
For young children, the idea of grouping items is central to early learning in mathematics. In Mini Bridge and bridge, cards have to be
sorted into the four suits,§, ¨, ©, ª which in turn have a hierarchy and then into ranks within suits. This requires knowledge of the
ranks, (ace, king, queen, jack rank above 10, 9, …3, 2).
Aids to numeracy
Counting points in Mini Bridge, adding the point count of the partnership hands to decide whether to try for part-score or game,
counting suits as the cards are played. This is a very difficult concept for all but the best bridge players. At an elementary level, it is
only practical to count one suit (usually the trump suit). Calculating the score after each hand has been played.
There is opportunity to use probability at all levels of the game. Knowledge of how cards split (with 5 cards out, the likely split of
3-2 is 68%, 4 – 1 split is 28%, 5-0 split is 4%). Knowledge that a finesse is an evens chance, in the absence of other information.
Know from the allocation of points in Mini bridge or by listening to the auction of opponents in bridge that one line of play may be
superior over another. Deduce that a finesse is a better line of play by using the opponents’ auction, even though numerically it
may appear inferior.
Bidding and playing in turn – Knowing that the absolute rule of card play is to follow suit when you can. Keeping a “poker” face and
not letting your emotions give away vital information.
Planning the play of the hand before playing a card to the first trick by using a SWOT analysis. In bridge, this takes the form of
Strengths: Counting your top winners; Weaknesses: how many tricks you are short of your target; Opportunities: Which suits offer
the prospect of generating the additional tricks you need; Threats: what can your opponents do to thwart your plan; what steps can
you take to avoid danger. Learning that in the bidding, you must plan the way you will describe your hand.
Unlike chess, which is a single player game, bridge is a partnership game. You have to work as a team, understanding that bidding
is a dialogue between partners aiming to reach the best contract. Understanding that defence is a partnership activity.
Bridge requires concentration. You have to think about what you are doing, who bid what and who played which card. It requires
great mental stamina. At the highest international level, you need to be able to play for 8 hours a day for up to a fortnight – the
equivalent of 2 marathons a day for 2 weeks!
A further study performed by Dr Christopher Shaw, a researcher in Illinois, in 2006 found that children who play bridge perform
significantly better on standardized tests than their non-bridge playing counterparts — increasing scores across all five core
subject areas with an astounding 39.11% increase in science.
Who plays Bridge?
From 6 years to 100+ years, able-bodied or physically challenged, male or female – everyone can play bridge.
“When I play bridge, I forget my wheelchair, the difference is not there anymore. Bridge brings me such joy. There is strategy,
understanding, pleasure. It is more difficult to stop playing bridge than to start.”
The World Bridge Federation website www.worldbridge.org shows worldwide membership through federations at c720,000
with more than 50% of that figure coming from European Bridge Federations. However, anecdotal evidence puts the worldwide
playing population at more than 20 million with the bulk of that figure based in China. This arose because of the premiership of
Deng Xiaoping who led the country from 1978 until 1992 and was himself a prominent bridge player, encouraging the teaching
of bridge in schools.
Warren Buffett – Bill Gates – Omar Sharif – Radiohead – Martina Navratilova – Dwight Eisenhower – James Bond –
Susan Hampshire – Sue Lawley – Mike Gatting –– Gandhi – Margaret Thatcher – Snoopy – Hercule Poirot –
Buster Keaton – Chico Marx – George Burns and closer to home – Daniel O’Donnell – David Coleman.
Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn't mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who
were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day.
- Warren Buffett
Many games provide fun, but bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust, you know, but bridge prevents
the rust from forming.
- Omar Sharif
No matter where I go, I can always make new friends at the bridge table.
- Martina Navratilova
But Why Play Bridge??
Bridge is SOCIAL. A game of bridge involves communication and cooperation with your partner and interaction with your
opponents. There’s a special camaraderie among bridge players that develops from the social setting and the game’s emphasis
on teamwork, ethics and sportsmanship
Bridge is a BARGAIN. All you need for a bridge game is a deck of cards and three other people. You can play at your local club,
where you’ll enjoy a three-hour session of bridge for just a few Euro. If you have a computer, you don’t even need to leave home.
Bridge is FUN. Of all the reasons to learn the game, the most important is that it’s just fun to play. It offers the suspense of poker,
the cerebral qualities of chess and the excitement of athletic sports, all in a sociable setting where you’re a participant, not just
Bridge can be a LIFELONG pursuit. It takes only a little knowledge to begin playing and enjoying bridge. But no matter how many
years you play, the learning process will never end. Bridge also caters to all physical conditions and disabilities, so players can
actively pursue their pastime throughout their entire lives.
Bridge STIMULATES the brain. Bridge is one of the best ways to practice the “use it or lose it” advice for maintaining mental
sharpness in older age. Research has shown that regular bridge playing improves reasoning skills and long- and short-term memory.
Bridge can improve your physical HEALTH. Research has shown that a game of bridge can even boost your immune system.
Other studies have found that people who play bridge regularly are 2 ½ times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
That’s what keeps people coming back to the bridge table,
and it’s why bridge will always be the world’s most popular game.
Thanks to Paul P. CBAI
All of you should by now have heard that, as a result of the Promotion & Development Agenda promoted by outgoing President Peter O’Meara,
we are planning a week of activities and events across the country to (a) promote bridge, and (b) encourage new players to take up the game.
These events are being organised and staffed within the regions, and Seamus Costello is co-ordinating everything to make sure you all have the
support that you need to make your local events as successful as possible. So if you have any bright ideas to promote the game we love, or if you
would like to get involved in the activities being planned for your area, please contact your Regional Secretary. The period designated as
“Bridge Week” is from 17 to 25 August, which is when we are planning to make as much media impact as possible, but regions can of course
hold their local events on other dates if that makes more sense – for instance to coincide with local festivals.
We have a variety of marketing supports available, incorporating a bright new design. Some samples are pictured below, including a
bannerstand (for pull-up displays), a Why Play Bridge flyer (that can be personalised – the version below was prepared for the
Wexford/Waterford area), and playing cards for use as gifts. We will also have pens, t-shirts, and special sign-up forms for classes. We are
planning that this year’s newsletter will be available for Bridge Week. So we need details of the classes being held in your area as soon as
possible if they are to be included in the newsletter.
If you need access to any of these materials to assist you in your promotional activities, please contact Seamus Costello. A well-known bridge
writer commented recently that “ideas need hands and feet” if they are to be successful. The key influence on our success will be the level of
effort put in on the ground locally to organise appealing, well-located, and appropriately-staffed events that will succeed in convincing non-bridge
players that ours is a game worth trying. If we can get them that far, and make sure to put them in contact with inspiring and passionate teachers,
we know we will be able to swell our playing ranks and keep bridge thriving all over Ireland.
CBAI President Neil Burke with Mid Leinster Committee
Top Row L to R: Marian MCKay, Bert McKay, Yvonne Dalton, Siobhan Canty & Tony Smyth
Second Row L to R: Ann Burns, Blanaid Morris, Jim Egan (1st President), Owen Cummins, Breda Tuite
Below: Barbara & Neil
CBAI AGM WESTMANSTOWN 2019, JULY 6th
CBAI PRESIDENT 2019-20
Bridge Charity Page
With this page we hope to list as many as possible Bridge Charity Events
Clubs, Regions, Districts or Other Bridge Functions
Charity's can be for a Local or National Charity
or a benifit Night for club Equipment, etc.
To make this work you need to send us an email with Date,
Time, Venue and organizations name (Club or Region) plus
the desinated charity
In return we ask you to email us amount raised in round figures
It does not matter how big or how small, we will add it to our to
Our national Total and publish the national totals.
Since July 6th 2019 we raised €2400 for Cancer research at the
Total to Date €2400
We all have or had a player like J.C.
Next we will see him in the Natioal Finals
Jeremy Clarkson: Ties? Rubbers? Five equals 11?
Source: The Times
As a general rule, I’m a big fan of card games. I spent a great deal of my formative years
playing blackjack because, even if you’re gambling only tiny amounts, casinos give you
free drinks. And since then I’ve whiled away many happy hours playing Between the
Sheets, Queen of Spades and, best of all, Oh Hell. It’s hard to understand how
playing cards came about. Who thought: “Right — we have invented a printing press,
so let’s use it to make 52 bits of paper divided into four suits”? And then, once someone
had worked out how they could be used to play a game, why did someone else develop
another? And then another? And then another? No one did that with chess. They came
up with the board and the bishops and the prawns and they left it at that. Today no
one ever says: “What sort of chess are we playing?” With cards, though, people did
keep inventing new ways of using them until one day a soldier in the Crimean War
decided that, to take his mind off the disease and how