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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

STOP PRESS DINNER DATES in Tenerife

Life goes on at ACES with the ever popular Bridge (or Rummikub) sessions with dinner set to resume from 18th January. Initially for 4 persons only, they will be afternoon games played outdoors starting around 3pm. Dinner will likewise be served on the terrace. The charge inclusive of competition table fee, and 3 course dinner will be E12 p.p.

Here are the most requested of the home-made recipes on offer:

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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A reminder also that these 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 23h05 on 151/21

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.

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 to host an international match. This time it was Gaby and Juergen from Hamburg honouring us with their presence.

For the record, it is only flights from the UK that are flying to Tenerife without any bridge players. The contrasting Covid politics in the EU have lead to a somewhat bizarre situation where a Ryanair flight arrived from the UK with only two passengers whereas Gaby and Juergen`s Condor flight from Germany was completely full. It has been that way for weeks. And will no doubt remain like that for the next few months. I shall refrain from further comment.

Trevor 15h00 23/2/21 .. .  

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

 

EASTER  UPDATE

The expected relaxation of the rules in Tenerife did not materialize end March. Instead, the Canaries government went in the opposite direction and decreed an even more stringent lockdown be in force. In particular, all indoor hospitality venue were closed to the public. Their rationale was that it would be better in the long term to go one more mile and avoid a blip over the peak Easter holiday period. 

Next “D” Day will be Friday 16th April when ACES should be given the green light to open in its new premises w.e.f. 19th April. 

To help manage the situation safely and in compliance with local regulations, I would ask all those interested in playing F2F bridge in Los Cristianos in the coming weeks to register their interest by telephoning or sending a mail to the club. For those already in Tenerife who might have concerns about playing F2F bridge, I will be available next Sunday afternoon (18/4) by appointment to answer their questions at a central location in Cristianos. 

Trevor 18h30 on Sunday 4/4/21

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Previous update 16/2/21

Here in Tenerife where measures are less restrictive and Covid cases relatively low, we are still enjoying the pleasures of a game of bridge with our friends. Albeit applying our bubble competition system. But with data now showing the island consistently moving in the right direction, Tenerife today goes down to the lowest level of alert (tier one). The latest measures are valid for ten days but, from 22 February, we expect to be allowed gatherings of ten people. We are hoping that it will then not be too long before we are able to play F2F bridge SAFELY here at Aces with 5 tables. My guess is that this will be possible sometime in March. Advance notice therefore that, when we are given the green light, the competitions will be held on Mondays in Los Cristianos starting at 3pm.

In the meantime, whether you are already a bridge player or know someone who might like to take up the game, the "good news stories” will hopefully brighten up your lives. 

Proving that bridge can be our saviour in times of crisis. 

On the good news page you can read about exciting developments in the Academy`s two related projects in Fuengirola and Tenerife. 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 outside 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. You will be able to follow developments live on this website which will be updated every Sunday.

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

 

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 touurnment 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

 

Dateline

Monday 13th April 2020

The safest place in the world now seems to be

The Canary Islands.

For three very good reasons.

ZERO fatalities and no new cases* 

an historic moment to boost the morale

History was in fact made Saturday when a Chinese A340 Airbus touched down 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.

*A remarkable achievement given that the Canaries recorded the first case of the virus in Europe. Especially when it makes up 5% of the population of Spain which registered in total more than 1000 fatalities over the weekend. These statistics prompted the Islands` political chief to yesterday ask his boss (Spanish President, Pedro Sanchez}, if we could be allowed to return to complete normality as soon as restrictions are relaxed.  

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Charles is safely handed over to the Jet2 team.

Trevor  18h00 Saturday 21st March 2020

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