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FRANCE 2017

Next stop FRANCE

World Schools Championships

Fifteen Samui youngsters currently aged 7 to 13 have been officially invited by the French Bridge Federation to participate in this event. To demonstrate their skills in front of journalists and TV cameras from around the globe. Same place & same time as the World`s top bridge players compete for the famous      
Bermuda Bowl   

 

Trevor`s CHALLENGE

During the official 30 day mourning poeriod in 2017, an English polyglot decided to learn to recite and write the Thai national anthem in toto.

Did I succeed? Sceptics canwere able to come and challenge me to the ultimate test:  To see if I could write the anthem without any help - and without making a mistake. The challengers merely had to pledge a donation to one of HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha`s charitable foundations. She is King Bhumibol`s eldest grandchild and the lady who sponsored the bridge Cup competition in October that made the achievements of my Samui bridge pupils possible.

Two years on, the challenge remains open. To show Thais that foreign guests are also keen to ensure the late King's tireless`work for children is never forgotten. 

Lego and Mr Bean

"must haves"  for teaching kids of nursery age

a giant sackful of LEGO and a Mr BEAN video

Watching the Youtube videos featuring the 6 year old on page 3 of this website, I am reminded of how I introduced the young man to the bidding box. His father first brought him to the club to play chess. He had just celebrated his fifth birthday when the above picture was taken and he could give his dad a good game of chess even at that tender age. When he had had enough of the board game, I gave him a bidding box and made up a game where he had to correctly take out bids - and then put them all back in the bidding box in the right order. He loved the challenge. The concentration powers he showed were extraordinary. But like any toddler he would get bored. So, whilst his dad carried on playing chess with the other club members, the youngster was more than happy to spend hours building cars, trucks and heliports with the sackful of lego donated by generous members. For the slightly older youngsters, it was the Mr Bean and Fawlty Towers videos that kept them amused whilst the parents had a serious game of bridge or chess.

The moral of this story: With the very young, don`t forget they are only children. When their concentration starts wandering, you must halt the lesson and let them play less serious games.  

Rowan and Basil will be proud of me for making bridge and chess lessons so entertaining   

TMW 15/3/19