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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 .. .  

IG3 Bridge for Health
Asthma, Eczema & Bottled Guinness**

DATELINE New Year 1956 / 57

It was an era when bridge was hardly known. And certainly never publicised for it's therapeutic powers. Why then would a 6 year old suffering from asthma and eczema be introduced to the game of bridge in his hospital bed. With his wrists tied to the bedposts. And how and why could bottled stout**possibly be on the menu in that NHS ward in Banbury.

Some things in life children can never forget

(Like the good bridge players who never forget when they are insulted at the table by Hieous Hog)

**I have just told the origins of the "Guinness is good for you" slogan on a bridge holiday in Nerja organised by the best club in Fuengirola. As one of my Swedish friends - and occasional Guinness drinker - Ninnie was disbelieving of my story, I had no choice but to put it in print here. So that disbelievers can check it out instead of suggesting that I have gone mad.

It can be found by clicking on "Trevor`s story" in the menu to the left

TMW  05h00 27/2/19

 

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All SPORT is GOOD for your HEALTH

Bridge is a Sport that has a very good chance of being on the agenda at the 2024 Paris Olympics

So which sporting legend said this:

"No matter where I go in the World, I always make friends at the bridge table"

Answer: Martina Navratilova

(She is not a bad tennis player either!)

 

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GOLDEN OLDIES

 

As fit as you feel

Bridge playing 

CENTENARIANS

 

Although the ACES Academy is doing much to promote youth bridge on this site, let`s not forget that

great great grandparents

play the game competitively. They too will always be welcome at our intergenerational club.

 

Many people know of players in their nineties still participating in the local club tournament. Playing so well that you would never realize how old they are.

It was like that when I first did battle with Madeleine at the Les Myrtes club in St Raphael. (Var, France). The only clue to her age was that she was a little short sighted. Unsurprisingly she finished ahead of me that day. At the age of 99.

After reaching the century, she continued as a full member of the FFB and played almost every week with all the strongest players at the club. With extraordinary success given the milestone she had passed.  She was so skilful in fact that I decided that the best way to win a tournament at that club was to partner this doyenne of bridge. By then, as she was proud to remind me, she was

102 years young

But this story doesn`t end there. Two years later, on 15 January 2013, I was invited to Paul`s 100th birthday celebration to make up a bridge four. He was born and bred in St Tropez just up the road. Yet still so sprightly and mentally alert that he had got up at 5.30 on his big big day. Not just to prepare his wife`s breakfast, but to start cooking the dinner with veg he had tended in his own garden! When I arrived to help finish the preparations - and given the fact he was still driving a prehistoric Mercedes - I jokingly suggested that he pop over to St Raphael to pick Madeleine up. His reply in French was to the effect that he was going to spare me the embarrassment of being the only Englishman to be beaten by....

a fearsome French pair with a combined age of 204 years

Bravo Paul and Mado! A true story. Yet more unforgettable moments for me that illustrate 

the magic of bridge

Whatever your age

 Trevor 8/2/19

 

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Bridge for the Handicapped and the Poorly

 

 

Can you believe that totally BLIND people play bridge tournaments - and WIN

See article on the "Have your say" page of this site

 

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Can you work out why

a 7 year old CEREBRAL PALSY sufferer

(with walking, speaking and coordination problems)

LOVES

his daily fix of

BRIDGE and CHESS in the school lunch break 

 

If you can't, you soon will

 

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On the previous page of this site, you can also see a video of two mute girls (unable to speak) having their

1st bridge lesson

in, of all places, a

hypermarket cafeteria