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Viva España

 

Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife

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GRATIS

para niños españoles de 7 a 10 años

Todos los sábados

desde principios de julio de 2024.

Las lecciones también estarán disponibles durante la semana después de la escuela.

Consulte la página de información para conocer los horarios.

 

LANZAROTE
LANZAROTE

2024 - El gran reto

Encontrar y entrenar un equipo de bridge sub 16 para representar a España en el próximo Campeonato de Europa Juvenil.

Apenas unos meses después de que Luis Lantarón y la presidenta de la AEB, Elena Orbegozo, pusieran en marcha el proyecto IMPULSA, ya cuentan con dos fantásticos récords nacionales:

El 2 de septiembre Luis era entrenador del equipo suizo que ganó por primera vez el Bermuda Bowl.

El 9 de diciembre, Elena y Luis estaban jugando un torneo en Lanzarote donde Vincent, de 10 años, batió el récord del jugador más joven en un gran torneo en España.

 

GREAT NEWS for SPAIN

It is only a few months since the Spanish Impulsa project was launched by Luis Lantaron and Elena Orbegozo, but they already have two wonderful records to celebrate:

On 2 September 2023 Luis was coach of the Swiss team that won the Bermuda Bowl for the first time. 

On 9 December 2023, Elena and Luis were both playing in a 3 day tournament in Lanzarote where 10 year old Vincent shattered the record for the youngest player to ever complete a major tournament in Spain.

The news does not get any better than that. 

 

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Good news travels Fast

Look who has sent her congratulations:

The world's highest ranked bridge play

From: Kathrine Bertheau 
Date: Tue, Dec 12, 2023 at 5:55 PM
Subject: Re: Vincent and Markus
To: Trevor Wilson 

Hi Trevor,

Nice to hear about your project.

Regards Kathrine

WBF Women's Ranking 

WBF Masterpoints to November 2023 

 Rank    Name    NBO  MPs  PPs  
 1    Kathrine  Bertheau  Sweden  2538  27  
 2    Emma  Övelius  Sweden  2151  15  
 3    Jessika  Larsson  Sweden  2043  20  
 4    Sanna  Clementsson  Sweden  1848  10.5  
 5    Wen Fei  Wang  China  1726  48.5  
 6    Janice  Seamon  USA  1718  49  
 7    Nevena  Senior  England  1624  31.5  
 8    Kerri  Sanborn  USA  1609  57  
 9    Ida  Gronkvist  Sweden  1600  11.5  
 10    Yan  Liu  China  1597  14.5  
More than a bridge club
The new ARONA BRIDGE CLUB is...

A SOCIAL Club

where members can chat with friends over

morning coffee, afternoon tea or evening meal

and also play

chess, scrabble, rummicub, cribbage, canasta  

Provisional opening hours 1st July to 31st August:

Monday  08h30 to 14hoo & 18h00 to 20h00

Tuesday  08h30 to 1400 

Wednesday  08h30 to 14h00 and 18h00 to 20h00 

Thursday   08h30 to 14h00 & 18h00 to 20h00

Friday  08h30 to 14h00

Saturday   08h30 to 13h30 & 18h00 to 22h00 

Sunday   10h00 to 13h30 and 18h00 to 21h00

These opening hours may be extended for functions such as evening birthday parties and dinners booked in advance. Sample menus available on request.

 

Latest News from FRANCE

La VIE est BELLE

Date: 23/9/23

Venue: Ste Esteve, South West France

Event: Tournoi du Roussillon

71 Tables - 284 players

Latest News from FRANCE

Félicitations à Régine, Jean Marc, Patrick et Michel du Club Stéphanois pour avoir organisé un si bel événement.

Une chance pour moi de retrouver mes amis français de l'époque où j'enseignais le bridge dans les écoles françaises. 15 ans après le début de ce projet, il existe un nombre incroyable de 560 clubs de bridge enregistrés dans les écoles en France.

Le superbe dîner dansant m'a donné l'occasion de discuter avec Luc, le directeur du tournoi,  comment atteindre en Espagne le succès que nous avons tous deux connu : Luc était entraineur de l'équipe française des moins de 13 ans en même temps que moi. j'étais le coach de l'équipe thaïlandaise des moins de 13 ans!

 

Club Stéphanois

A few days after the tournament ended, I visited the local club's premises where I was able to personally thank them for their organisation. I was told that, for the 2024 edition of the Tournoi de Roussillon end September, the number of tables will be limited to 80 = 320 players. You therefore need to book your place well in advance if you want to join the party. 

What a great day that was!

Club Stéphanois
Winning Chang Rai under 16 team
Winning Chang Rai under 16 team

At the end of the Thai National under 16 championships, the winners invited some of my (slightly shorter) youngsters competing in the same event to join them for the photo call.

Chang Rai was where the 12 cave boys and their teacher were dramatically rescued in 2018. Some of those boys trapped underground for a week in a flooded cave were bridge players!   

Intergenerational concept
The very young have the distinct advantage of actually being able to see their partners
The very young have the distinct advantage of actually being able to see their partners
World Bridge Federation (Asia Pacific) Zone President with the under 16`s
World Bridge Federation (Asia Pacific) Zone President with the under 16`s
The STORY SO FAR

The World Bridge federation (WBF) is sponsoring a project at Stirling University where an Intergenerational  Bridge Club has just been set up. In simple terms, it is a club where youngsters and the not-so-young learn and play the game together. The WBF website article announcing the project starts off:

"The University Bridge Club has been set up as part of a series of research projects into the health and well-being benefits of playing the card game”

And it finishes thus:

“This collaborative research project will look at what drives people to take up bridge and keep playing throughout their lives. It will also explore the role a hobby can play in friendships and personal communities, as well as how it creates a sense of belonging and collective identity within and across generations”.

Whilst I welcome this initiative by the WBF, the remit of the University means that the researchers will not be able to address the sensitive subject of why the game is haemorrhaging players.

Through the new ACES club and this website, we will be doing our best to promote the aims of the Stirling project. But we will also address the problems of intergenerational bridge where the players` ages, circumstances and expectations are so different. As a good example, I will take this opportunity to touch on one intergenerational problem right now. A problem for which the senior players must take the blame, but for which the juniors are paying the price  

CHEATING 

The "C" word is one that has been largely taboo in the publications emanating from the WBF and National Associations. This is despite the ever increasing high profile worldwide cheating scandals. In trying now to promote the merits of intergenerational bridge without also researching and dealing with the cheats more effectively, I fear they might run up against a brick wall at Stirling, The pictures top and bottom of this page show one of the reasons why:

 

young children TRYING to enjoy themselves playing bridge

behind hideous screens 

 

Inevitably, on arrival at that venue, the 8 and 10 year old pair (pictured top left) asked why all competitors were expected to play 6 hours of bridge (48 boards) in one day behind screens. No teacher can explain the inexplicable. All one can say in avoiding the C word, is to joke that they were lucky to be so short that they could at least see each other. But that response will not be sufficient for intelligent youngsters and their parents who can work out the stark truth for themselves. And who wiill then inevitably ask themselves the question as to whether they want to participate in a sport where cheating must be so rife that it requires such absurd measures to be applied. 

Happily on this occasion, the President of the Asia Pacific Zone of the WBF, Esther Sophonpanich, made a lovely gesture by inviting us all to lunch. That memorable occasion for the girls helped banish all thoughts of our teams of world record holders giving up bridge. But, sadly, I did lose a dozen other bridge students (including adults} because of the adverse publicity those screens created back at the schools and the club.

Unfortunately, screens are increasingly becoming the norm for all generations. Not just the top players but thousands of ordinary club players who are required to play behind screens if they advance beyond the preliminary round in national competitions. Often against their friends from other local clubs - and even if it is a competition for relative beginners. i.e. for people who wouldn`t know how to cheat.

Hardly surprising that newcomers to the game then immediately decide to give up playing competitive bridge altogether. Citing the obvious reasons: Playing behind screens is both impersonal and stressful for the older generations. Clearly an anti cheating measure that has now gone too far. It is totally out of proportion to the problem. 

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Thankfully all is not doom and gloom in the bridge world. Far from it. Asia has shown us that intergenerational bridge is the way forward.

As the bubbly little Thai lady (top picture) announced to her Mum shortly after taking up the game at 7 years 

 

”Playing bridge is such fun” 

 

With youngsters playing, the enthusiasm is infectious. Bridge will always therefore be fun for the not-so-young players around them 

We must all work together to try and keep it that way

 

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STOP PRESS
STOP PRESS

Anyone who has read thus far, will probably be wondering what I am thinking in the wake of the latest bridge scandal that hit the headlines over the weekend. A question I will not shy away from. Especially when it relates to a problem that I do not want swept under the carpet. Cheating. 

My philosophy has always been that good news comes out of bad news. The bad news in this particular case is that one of the World`s "top" players has just been banned for a year. In reality he was not a top player at all. No surprise whatsoever for me that it has happened yet again. It will inevitably happen again and again. Whatever anti-cheating measures are introduced. As in all sports nowadays.

It is obvious that I knew this would happen again. Otherwise I would not have put the above article on the site a month before this story broke.  So what? For me it doesn`t matter. If the cheats want to carry on cheating, let them play their own tournaments. Cheat v cheat. They wouldn`t enjoy that very much. Too stressful for them.

Meanwhile us mere mortals can get on with doing what we enjoy most: Playing bridge together with people who all share our love for the game. Bridge will always be magical for us.

The good news is that we have reason to remain optimistic about the future of bridge because, paradoxically, there is no such thing as bad publicity. I helped prove that theory in the wake of the infamous raid on the Pattaya bridge club in Thailand four years ago. In fairness to the Thai authorities, if the truth about that affair were fully known, the Thais would come out smiling and the expats who were briefly incarcerated would admit they only had themselves to blame. 

But culpability is irrelevant four years on. What is relevant now is that the huge amount of adverse publicity given to the affair meant that 70 million Thais heard about bridge for the first time. And it also led to the Thai Bridge Federation being even more determined to prove their critics wrong. With spectacular success. Thai boys and girls are now being taught the game in schools all over the kingdom from the age of SEVEN. If you doubt my words, above is a picture of the school teams from Chiang Rai in the extreme north of Thailand. They are pictured with three girls aged 8, 10 and 11 who live one thousand five hundred kilometres away on an island in the South of the country. All gathered together for a fortnight of bridge competitons in the national championdhip. Which a Chiang Rai team won.

If the name Chiang Rai rings a bell, it is because that is where the cave boys all came from. The ones who were so dramatically rescued in 2018. With all the bridge world watching. And they came out smiling. There is a very good chance therefore that, as I write this article, those boy heroes are playing bridge with the group of champions pictured above. 

Out of respect for the courage and determination those boys showed in the face of adversity, let`s not spoil their fun by talking any more about one disgraced cheat, 

Enough said. 

Trevor

4/3/19

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

In fairness to the WBF, let me quote the opening comment on the YOUTH development of their website:

"The World Bridge Federation is committed to the promotion of Youth Bridge, which we strongly believe represents the future of our wonderful sport"

 

I appreciate that they and the other NBO`s have made phenomenal progress in recent years in pursuit of those aims. With the FFB leading the way through a youth programme which has resulted in there being over

100,000 registered bridge players as young as nine years of age in French schools.

For that, we congratulate them. But there is always room for improvement:

"The task of the WBF Youth and Sub-Committees is to analyze the youth worldwide situation &

to propose to the WBF Executive Council improvements and future strategies in order to develop Bridge"

In providing the input for their continuing debate,

I make no excuses for being the spokesperson for the kids!!!  

Trevor. 1st February 2019

Updated 18th March

Down to business for the youngsters
Down to business for the youngsters
CHEERS! Mum, a dad, coach, a President & five cute world champions
CHEERS! Mum, a dad, coach, a President & five cute world champions