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Viva España


Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife


clases / lecciones


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.



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.



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. 



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  
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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

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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


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!   

The King and I


Thailand (formerly known as Siam) has been cropping up in my life since 1956. That was the year that the Rodgers and Hammerstein award winning film first appeared. That was also the year when I remember I first got to grips in a Banbury hospital with the diseases I was born with. Asthma and eczema.

I loved the film when I first saw it which would have been around five years later. And I loved the stage version which I went to see in the West End in 1979. Same King of Siam, but different co star. Virginia McKenna.

I explained on another page how, when I was plucked unconscious from the sea off Pampellone beach on the 8th June around 8 years ago, the only person with a possible explanation of how I came back from the dead was a local Thai restaurateur. She was the one who persuaded me to then go to Thailand. The story of the exhilarating, happy and fulfilling voluntary work I did out there for the following five years is recorded on the various pages of this site.

During that lovely stay, I met a Swedish bridge player at a club in Hua Hin. His name was Don. Both of us were learning to read, speak and write Thai. He said he wanted to go and stay at the Temple in Nathon on Koh Samui and asked me to go along to the Temple to book him in for a stay. When I went there, I was not shaken by what I saw and did. I was instead immediately inspired by the tranquillity. I wished I could stay there myself. But I was pragmatic enough to know then that it would be impossible for me to do that. Because my asthma and eczema conditions meant that changing my home environment and strict dietary routine would not enable me to survive even a five day stay in the temple without me ending up in hospital.

However, I was invited to stay for a few hours and eat with the monks and their "pupils" at what effectively was a school for adult Buddhists. Like anyone else who wants to visit the Temple, I was allowed to wander around it`s beautiful grounds and encouraged to talk to many of the people on their short term stays. Nurses, teachers, restaurant staff, bank clerks, bar staff. In fact normal people from all walks of life who found the experience uplifiting.

For that reason I said to myself a short time afterwards, if I could have two wishes in life it would be these. To have a Thai passport and then regain the state of health to enable me go and stay for five days or even ten days in that lovely Temple.

But at the time I said that I was having tests for suspected lung cancer at the Nathon hospital which is only one kilometre from the temple! When you think your number might be up, you tend to think the impossible. Not a joke, it is a fact of (my) life

I have never been religious. Due partly to the way I managed my diseases myself. Through logic and speed of thought, and by using my mathematical brain. Helped by a simple philosophy that, if you help others, they will help you when you need help. Which, as you can see was quite frequently.

I am saying all that because what has happened in the past three months is a miracle I cannot explain. In the same way that Buddha is the only one who can explain how those Thai cave boys got out alive and well, I am now coming round to thinking that he is the only one who can explain the miracle of what has happened to me. Because what has happened means I can now go and stay at the Temple in Nathon.

In fact, despite being an inpatient at all the hospitals of which the list is too long to put here, despite those lung cancer tests, despite being force fed in May 2017 a cocktail of neuralgic drugs which is again too long to list here, today


I am fit as a fiddle 

I have not used one inhaler, one tablet, nor any other medication or health supplement for more than a year. Since 18 December 2018***

A true miracle which will bring hope to sufferers of all manner of diseases and handicaps


Not only that, but I have been inspired to write all the articles on this website in record time and in the best Queen`s English. Worthy perhaps of the award of a posthumous GCSE in English language that I never could achieve at school. Plus an honorary posthumous award from Stirling for this thesis. i.e from the University that (to use another Immigration term) refused me entry.


Which all goes to show that mistakes do happen. Some can`t be rectified and some can. Most that I make nowadays can`t be rectified. Especially the many that I now make at the the bridge table.

Article originally written by Trevor 12h25 on 15/3/19

***updated on 22 Decmber 2019 



We would like to extend our condolences to all of our Thai friends on the passing of their beloved king in October 2016. He was revered especially for the 70 years he spent


tirelessy helping poor and underpriveleged Thai children.


It was fitting therefore that, the day after he passed away, the Samui Times published an article detailing the extraordinary achievements of Samui`s bridge youngsters in Bangkok the previous weekend. The article was particularly timely given that the national bridge competition in which the children were competing was sponsored by 


his Majesty`s eldest granchild,  HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha


Having broken many records in a very competitive bridge world, they and other very young Thai bridge boys and girls will undoubtedly continue to break records**


Something of which his Majesty would have been very proud



More on this remarkable story where Thai youngsters set no less than five world records in the company of a President of the World Bridge Federation will follow in the coming weeks.  

In the meantime, let me reveal that Princess Bajeakitiyabha`s father not only knows all about bridge.... 


the recently crowned 

King of Siam

(as their beloved monarch was respectfully called when Yul Brynner played the part in the wonderful musical "The King and I")

can play golf, rugby and cricket

He is also a cycling champion - and a person that champions the same good causes as his father

Which surely means he deserves our appreciation of his own achievements


Trevor 2/3/19 


Every bridge player in Europe will recall how they were transfixed at home as the story of the cave boys unfolded last summer on TV. A brilliant rescue operation successfully conducted by the Thai authorities. With, of course, a little bit of specialist help from a few very brave European divers.  

All the many expat European bridge players currently living in Thailand will have also witnessed how the whole Thai nation was similarly transfixed. Helping Buddha get the boys through their ordeal.

Not just through determination and bravery on the part of the boys and their coach. But because of their joie de vivre, camaraderie and optimism. That was apparent even in those moments captured on TV when they were first found. Their situation seemed desperate but, as they always do, those Thai youngsters were still smiling. It is in their genes to stay happy at all times.

Now you know why, since the days when the country was called Siam, all the British, Scandinavian, French and German bridge & chess players out there refer to Thailand as 

The Land of SMILES