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DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

It was certainly a very happy birthday yesterday for Valentina.

Despite her physical handicap, she made it to my party to celebrate her own big day. By her own admission she is a crazy Rumanian lady.

I can certainly go along with that self assessment after partnering her at the club the past two weeks. 

But, with equal certainty, I can say that she is a very good bridge player.

Trevor 1838 on 22/7/21

Your QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Online or Face to Face. Where does bridge go from here?

How can we play competitive F2F bridge NOW?

Will bridge clubs survive?

Will table fees increase when clubs reopen?

When will “clinically vulnerable players” be able to safely return to the bridge table?

In the perceived absence of any sensible and useful guidance from bridge administrators, I endeavour to reassure players via my diagnoses and prescriptiona for resolving common concerns. You can read my analyses on the “Keep Bridge Alive” page.

Trevor 22h40 on 10/1/21

Update 23/2/21.
Update 23/2/21.

The ACES mobile club - and especially the bridge school - is now in full swing. Last week it was the French connection when Irish and English were invited to join Thierry at his home in Santa Cruz. Yesterday it was the turn of our friends in Palmmar. This time it was Gaby and Juergen from Hamburg honouring us with their presence.

Trevor 15h00 23/2/21

DINNER DATES in Tenerife

Life goes on at ACES with the ever popular Bridge (or Rummikub) sessions with dinner. For 4 persons only, they are afternoon games played outdoors starting at 3pm. Dinner is likewise served on the terrace. Charge inclusive of table fee plus 3 course dinner with drinks is E12 p.p.

Here are the home-made menus available:

Menu 1

Cream of spinach soup

Duck in orange sauce

Lemon or Chocolate Cheesecake

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Menu 2

Tuna, mushroom, leek and red pepper tart

Roast chicken with three veg

Mixed fruit crumble

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Menu 3

Cheese tart

Tagliatelli puttanesca

Kiwi tart 

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Menu 4

Leek and potato soup with stilton

Steak and kidney pie with 3 veg

Fruit salad

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Menu 5

Melon and cured Iberian ham

Salmon and potato bake

Lemon tart

Menu 6

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Fish soup

Albondigas in tomato sauce

Apple pie and ice cream

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Dinner dates can be enjoyed as much by beginners as by experienced players in search of competitive bridge. 

You will need to provide evidence to satisfy me beyond reasonable doubt that you are not a carrier of the virus. To protect the existing members of the “ACES bubble” of which several are, like me, categorised as “clinically extremely vulnerable”. That assessment will be subjective and based on my experience over several decades of working with severely ill cystic fibrosis sufferers. They necessarily had to avoid close contact at all costs with anybody suffering from even the most innocuous of viruses (such as the common cold) which could prove fatal to CF sufferers. 

Trevor 00h05 on 20/7/21

Los GIGANTES, Tenerife
Los GIGANTES, Tenerife

An ACES bridge star finds serenity at the foot of the giant cliffs from which this coastal resort gets its name

TMW 12/2/21.

Welcome to ACES Bridge & Chess Academy
FUENGIROLA and TENERIFE
FUENGIROLA and TENERIFE

STOP PRESS

AT LONG LAST

Face to Face competitions in Tenerife


The first was held on Friday 9th July at Castanuelas and it proved a great success. The post match verdict of players confirms that computer bridge is no substitute for the real thing. The unanimous decision was that they had missed the social contact more than they realised. 

Starting 28th July the sessions will be held on Wednesdays. A reminder that Covid bridge protocols require that all players register with the ACES club and book their place in advance. Note that, for the time being, tournaments will be limited to 5 full tables.

Trevor 03h55 on 11/7/21 - updated on 19/7/21 

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On other pages you can read about exciting developments in the Academy`s two related projects in Tenerife and Fuengirola where bridge competitions have also restarted. Both venues are simultaneously promoting bridge for the elderly and handicapped - as well as the very young. Like those champions aged 6 to 11 pictured above at the first ACES Academy on Koh Samui in Thailand.

Several of the kiddies in that photo had already broken records for the youngest players to feature in tournaments alongside senior international players. Each time under the watchful eye of the President of the Asia Pacific zone of the World Bridge federation, Esther Sophonpanich. Let`s see if this second ACES Academy in Europe can bring similar success and happiness to Spanish youngsters and their families. At a time when they are going to need a boost to their morale. 

A message from the Academy`s founder

This is a bridge website with a difference. In the same way that the ACES Academy is a club with a difference.

All the articles on this site are relevant to bridge players. Whatever their standard. I like to think they will improve the enjoyment of bridge for everyone - and encourage the young and old as well as the poorly and handicapped to want to play the game. That is not an impossible dream. 

No doubt there will be one or two cynical bridge champions reading this message who disagree with me. But two bridge champions who will agree with me 100% are Philippe Soulet and Franck Multon. The former was twice World Champion. The latter won the Bermuda Bowl in 1997,  and was runner up as recently as 2015.

I sat at the same table as Philippe and Franck on many occasions between 2006 and 2010. But it was not to play bridge with them. It wasn`t for a bridge lesson either.

Our chats at the table would always involve a discussion on how we could bring young people into the game. And at the other end of the age scale, ways of improving the enjoyment of bridge for the infirm. Both felt as passionately as me on those matters.

Both champions are excellent teachers as well. Whilst I have to admit that my best level of bridge was never anywhere near the national standard that Philippe had already achieved at the tender age of just sixteen, I am possibly able to trump his and Franck`s bridge achievements in one respect: In the past two years, the average age of my bridge students is around nine. During the same period, the average age of my partners in club tournaments has been close to seventy nine. 

Trevor 28th February 2019

NICKNAMES

For your amusement, a humorous look at some of the members`pet names

Starting with the nicknames of some of the most admired players at the first ACES bridge Academy pictured above 

 

Rueful Rabbit

Colin the Corgi

Oscar the Owl

Peregrine the Penguin

Molly the Mule

Timothy the Toucan

 

 

A few words now about the less desirable and most notorious members of the adult section of the club 

 

 

Hideous Hog

is by far the club's best player.

But also an insufferable shark who seeks to humiliate** opponents for their mistakes

 

 

Charlie the Chimp

would rather post mortem the last hand than play the next.

He is an exponent of sharp practice at the table. 

Once famously produced a remarkable (and impossible) quadruple

squeeze against himself by retaining a small card to conceal his own revoke

 

 

Walter the Walrus

whose expertise in - and devotion to - the point count

are matched only by the utter mess he makes of bidding and playing

 

 

 

Put bluntly, apart from the hideous few, the senior members

are a load of old charlies and right walllies.

 

 

But that is set to change here in Spain very soon

The second ACES Academy is open. This time in Europe.

An 

Intergenerational

Bridge and Chess Academy

where youngsters will be learning & playing with the not-so-young

n the certain knowledge that

the youth of today will lead the way 

 

 

** Here is a sample of those humiliating quotes attributed to Hideous Hog:

 

"I know no one whom I would rather see in charge of the dummy"

 

"I do not doubt your luck, and I know no one who needs it more than you"

 

"Of course I always hold much better cards than you do. Being declarer is part of my system".

 

"I am such a fine player, no one can deny my right to be rude"

 

"My partner plus twelve sure tricks equals eleven".

 

"It is blatant insubordination. How dare you bid no trumps and become declarer".

 

"My point count system? Extra for long suit, extra for short suit and 3 points for my superb play"

 

 

ENJOY   YOUR   GAMES

at

ACES

where

Learning and playing will always be

GREAT FUN

 

Back to the bridge tables

How to get clubs restarted SAFELY - Trevor`s magic Formula

Despite being clinically vulnerable as well as having an allergy to penicillin - and unable to have even the flu jab let alone the Covid injection – I have refined our bridge tournament procedures to provide a format which now allows ACES members to play face to face competitive bridge with up to 5 tables in a public place. RIGHT NOW.

Many people are disbelieving of the fact that Tenerife now boasts one of the first European bridge clubs to be up and running. A big turnaround considering that the Canary islands gained notoriety for recording the first confirmed case of Covid in Europe.

IMPOSSIBLE some of you may say. Others no doubt think the sessions must be ILLEGAL. Wrong on both counts. Check out  the system I invented and you will see that it is now being adopted at several clubs worldwide as a result of the help I have given via the `Bridgewinners` website forum.

The fundamental feature is that NO pairs change table and only the boards move. You can find more clues as to how my unique format works - and why it gives fairer results and is more enjoyable - on the `Keep Bridge Alive` page of this site.

Trevor 01h00 on 20/7/21

Bridge Club or Cookery School?
Bridge Club or Cookery School?

Just a few days previously they had renewed acquaintances participating in their first F2F bridge tournament for more than a year. The pleasure exuded in the two photos is a poignant and appetising reminder of why we need Face to Face bridge to return ASAP. Without that social interaction, innovative ideas for enjoying later life – such as these cookery lessons with friends - would never have been on the menu.

Long live `APRES BRIDGE`

Cheers!

On the day that the three lions bravery at Wembley ended ultimately in disappointment, there were at least 3 ladies who went home very happy at the end of the match. They are seen here earlier in the day toasting the fruits of their FIRST attempt at making two of the legendary ACES dishes Their mentor`s verdict on their versions of the mixed cheese tart and the creamy lemon dessert:

Unbelievable. Absolutely BRILLIANT

Trevor 13h30 on 12/7/21

NEWS from TENERIFE
NEWS  from  TENERIFE

SIMPLY   the   BEST

At the end of what was a depressing year for many people. I want to send a message of hope and optimism to cheer you up.

Every picture tells a story. Here is one from the New Year Party*. With me giving a dance lesson of all things. My Irish pupil is Eamon. For this octogenarian bridge student, life begins at 80 despite the pandemic. Clearly enjoying himself as we teamed up for our interpretation of Tina Turner`s disco hit.  For the watching ladies, this Cabaret act was unquestionably `Simply the Best`.

Without bridge to keep me going and make friends in troubled times healthwise over the years, I would never have reached my own septuagenarian milestone in 2020.  I had used up all of my nine lives long ago. Yet I am defying medical science and am still here to illustrate how bridge clubs can help people living alone to rejuvenate themselves, find new friends - and in turn bring so much pleasure to so many others so late in life. Whatever your age, whatever your physical handicap.

Let me wish all ACES members and their friends and families a 

Happy and peaceful Year

In addition to all my bridge friends, a special mention to Canadian backgammon player Gwen, to Crib player Dave in Newfoundland as well as French chess player Bertrand in Koh Samui. Long time no see, but thank you all for your festive wishes.

Trevor

*A video can be sent to members by Whatsapp upon request!!!

TMW 1535 on 6/1/21  

Miss Thailand & Miss India light up Christmas 

A warm welcome at ACES in Los Cristianos

for two members of the famous ACOL club in W. Hampstead

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Helping the Aged and Infirm

Following on from the popularity of the “Sunday Club” at the Arona Gran last winter, beginners`and improvers`sessions resumed at the beginning of November in Los Cristianos. The format is necessarily being reviewed and adapted on a weekly basis to ensure compliance with the rapidly evolving local health and safety regulations. 

Sessions are now held on several days of the week and will continue over the Christmas and New Year period. For both beginners as well as for players who want to improve their results in regular club tournaments elsewhere. This objective is achieved in no small part by allowing competitors to ask for help with the bidding in certain situations.

Competitive but unhurried and relaxed bridge with a small group of new friends is thus guaranteed.

There are no sit-outs, but you MUST reserve places in advance.

*As players do not move, there are no “rounds” as such. Handicapped players – such as Parkinsons and stroke victims - will be able to play a bridge competition in a quartet at a speed that suits them all..   

**Note that any current Acol player wanting to learn and practise the 5 card major system can do so without any problem at these sessions. As we proved earlier this year, a single private one hour lesson is all that is needed for even the diehard Acol players to “switch” and have the confidence to immediately obtain a respectable score using the five card major system.

See Good News page for further details of the format or

Telephone (0034) 63276 0498 

Trevor 1553 on 19/5/20  updated 18h40 on 9/12/20

STOP PRESS

 

BRIDGE RYDER CUP

EUROPE

v 

CHINA

Inaugural tournament to be played in

TENERIFE

Further details will appear on 

the GOOD NEWS page

 

Trevor 05h51 Saturday 11/4/20

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Where there`s a will, there`s a way

The CHINESE CONNECTION

Dateline

Monday 13th April 2020

History was made Saturday when a Chinese A340 Airbus touched down in Tenerife at the end of a 16 hour journey from Shanghai. The first ever direct commercial flight from China. It not only brought millions of euros of medical supplies, but also evidenced the feasibility of bringing tourists from Asia to help rebuild the decimated tourist industry on which the Canaries rely so much.

  

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Charles is safely handed over to the Jet2 team.

Trevor  18h00 Saturday 21st March 2020

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Since ACES competitions resumed on 9 /7/21, results are mailed to the participants and will not be appearing on the site. Partly for reasons of confidentiality, but also beause I include a lighthearted report with the results giving a commentary on hands of particular interest - plus tips to friends keen to improve their play. 

Results
Monday pairs
Director: Trevor
Sunday Teams
Director: Trevor
Sunday Pairs
Director: Trevor