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A circular from the Cyprus Bridge Federation has been sent around regarding participation by CBF members in a bridge festival to be held in Kyrenia between 2-5 March 2017.  The Cyprus Sports Federation prohibits the participation of any player who is member of a Cyprus athletic federation in any games organised in Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus. The Cyprus Bridge Federation has decided to comply with this requirement and has noted that any player who disregards this dictum will be subject to a two-year ban from all games organised by the Cyprus Bridge Federation.

While no one has questioned the legal right to ban players from the CBF from playing bridge organised in the Turkish occupied area, some in the Zenon Club have voiced their dismay at the ethical implications of such an action, particularly at a time when political efforts are being made to resolve the divide between north and south.  The game of bridge, played between like-minded and enthusiastic players from all over the world, can only help to build bridges of understanding amongst all. 

This note is not a call to oppose the directive.  Nevertheless, those who are uneasy about the directive and believe that bridge should help build bridges are free to express their views by sending a letter directly to the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Bridge Federation.

 

 
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Bridge Books in the Library
Bridge Books in the Library

The Zenon Club is now in possession of a new cabinet in which to house our small collection of trophies.  We also have a small collection of bridge books - most of which are a gift from Rena Livera.  Debbie has kindly offered to oversee the distribution and return of any book that a member may wish to borrow.  Many of the books are quite dated and conventions have been embellished, refined and created since the publication of many of these books.  However, there are quite a few books on how to play the hands, and that does not go out of date.  The Zenon committee agreed that Babis could serve as a reference librarian and that anyone in need of a specific item on bridge could ask him for assistance in choosing a book or finding the information online.  So, anyone who wants to borrow a book, please ask Debbie for assistnce.

 

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If you need to contact the club, please contact Errikos at 99-44-68-96. Thanks.

 
2017 Open Teams Championship Agnes Vermeiren Shield
2017 Open Teams Championship Agnes Vermeiren Shield

The 2017 teams championship - Agnes Vermeiren Shield - will be held on 4th March and 11th March.  The qualifying event will take place at the Limassol Bridge Club on the 4th March and the final event will take place at the Ayios Andreas Bridge Club in Nicosia on the 11th March.  Those interested in organising a team of up to 6 individuals should register with the Cyprus Bridge Federation via Rena Livera, secretary.  Entry cost for the team for each event is 40 Euros.  If, however, six or less teams register to play, the final event will be cancelled for the 11th March and only the qualifying event (which also acts as final event) will take place on the 4th March.  An E-mail has been distributed by Errikos to Zenon Club members with details of the event, so if you are interested in participating, please make up your team soon.

  

Wecome to the Zenon Bridge Club
Wecome to the  Zenon Bridge Club

Welcome to the Zenon Bridge Club Web Site. We are located in the beautiful seaside town of Larnaca  in Cyprus, an island of perpetual warm weather and sunshine (or so the exaggerated bragging goes).  Our games are held weekly at the Flamingo Hotel, bordering on the sea.  The club is a member of the Cyprus Bridge Federation, allowing our members to compete in the numerous national competitions held annually.  Although the Zenon Club is new in name, many of its players have been playing together for many years and come together regularly every Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon for an enjoyable game of duplicate bridge.  We are known throughout Cyprus as a friendly club - our growing membership attests to this - and we will strive to maintain its positive reputation.  In the past, we have organised summer weekend bridge retreats in the mountains of Cyprus, bridge cruises in the Mediterranean Sea, and of course, our annual Christmas party for members, spouses and guests.  We are also helping to promote bridge by offering bridge lessons on Tuesday evening and encouraging middle and high schools to offer their students a chance to learn bridge as an extracurricular activitiy, sponsored by the Zenon Bridge Club.

 

 

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Calendar
Mon 27th February 2017
Duplicate
Flamingo Hotel 18.00
Tue 28th February 2017
Duplicate
Flamingo Hotel 14:15
Sat 4th March 2017
Teams Championship for Agnes Vermeiren Shield: Elimination
Limassol Bridge Club 10:00
Results
21st February 2017
Duplicate
20th February 2017
Duplicate
14th February 2017
Duplicate
Bridge Lessons in Full Swing
Bridge Lessons in Full Swing

Bridge lessons with Philippos are now in full swing.  Thirteen players from Zenon, as well as a few from Limassol, are meeting each Thursday to improve their game under the watchful eye and guidance of Philippos.  The need to THINK about the hand, the bidding and the play is central to his teaching style and students come away from the lessons with much to think about and with a determination to improve their bridge.   They have expressed their satisfaction with the lessons and with the enthusiasm that Philippos brings to the bridge table. 

  

Bridge Festival in Limassol
Bridge Festival in Limassol

The 29th Annual International Bridge Festival will be held in Limassol between the 19th-23rd May 2017.  The event will start on Friday, the 19th of May at 17:00 with drinks, followed by the first session of the OPEN PAIRS competition at 18:00.  On Saturday and Sunday, the open pairs second and third session will again start at 18:00.  Monday will be the start of a two-day OPEN TEAM competition, with Monday starting at 18:00 and Tuesday at 16:00.  Dinner and prize giving will take place at 20:30 on Tuesday.  The festival will take place at the Curium Palace Hotel, with special rates offered for bridgers.  Entry fee is 50 Euros for CBF members for the open pairs competition, and 30 Euros for CBF members for the team competition, both of which include dinner on Tuesday night.  Prizes for open pairs consist of trophies as well as 600 Euros, 400 Euros and 200 Euros for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively.  Open teams winners will receive trophies as well as 400 Euros, 200 Euros and 100 Euros for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. 

Participation of players from outside of Cyprus has been declining in recent years, and it is important that as many players from Cyprus as possible attend this event.  The scheduled time of the competition has been carefully selected to allow Cyprus players who normally work to take advantage of the weekend and evenings for playing.  And a May date should be an inducement to take advantage of the lovely seaside weather in Limassol.  So mark your calendar now and let us ensure that the Zenon Bridge Club is fully represented in this festival.

 

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Calendar
Mon 27th February 2017
Duplicate
Flamingo Hotel 18.00
Tue 28th February 2017
Duplicate
Flamingo Hotel 14:15
Sat 4th March 2017
Teams Championship for Agnes Vermeiren Shield: Elimination
Limassol Bridge Club 10:00
Results
21st February 2017
Duplicate
20th February 2017
Duplicate
14th February 2017
Duplicate
Bridge Lessons in Full Swing
Bridge Lessons in Full Swing

Bridge lessons with Philippos are now in full swing.  Thirteen players from Zenon, as well as a few from Limassol, are meeting each Thursday to improve their game under the watchful eye and guidance of Philippos.  The need to THINK about the hand, the bidding and the play is central to his teaching style and students come away from the lessons with much to think about and with a determination to improve their bridge.   They have expressed their satisfaction with the lessons and with the enthusiasm that Philippos brings to the bridge table. 

  

Bridge Festival in Limassol
Bridge Festival in Limassol

The 29th Annual International Bridge Festival will be held in Limassol between the 19th-23rd May 2017.  The event will start on Friday, the 19th of May at 17:00 with drinks, followed by the first session of the OPEN PAIRS competition at 18:00.  On Saturday and Sunday, the open pairs second and third session will again start at 18:00.  Monday will be the start of a two-day OPEN TEAM competition, with Monday starting at 18:00 and Tuesday at 16:00.  Dinner and prize giving will take place at 20:30 on Tuesday.  The festival will take place at the Curium Palace Hotel, with special rates offered for bridgers.  Entry fee is 50 Euros for CBF members for the open pairs competition, and 30 Euros for CBF members for the team competition, both of which include dinner on Tuesday night.  Prizes for open pairs consist of trophies as well as 600 Euros, 400 Euros and 200 Euros for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively.  Open teams winners will receive trophies as well as 400 Euros, 200 Euros and 100 Euros for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. 

Participation of players from outside of Cyprus has been declining in recent years, and it is important that as many players from Cyprus as possible attend this event.  The scheduled time of the competition has been carefully selected to allow Cyprus players who normally work to take advantage of the weekend and evenings for playing.  And a May date should be an inducement to take advantage of the lovely seaside weather in Limassol.  So mark your calendar now and let us ensure that the Zenon Bridge Club is fully represented in this festival.