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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. 

Good news travels fast.

Look who has sent her congratulations:

The world's highest ranked bridge player,

Kathryn Bertheau.

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  

Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife

ESCUELA DEL SÁBADO

clases / lecciones

GRATIS

para niños españoles de 7 a 10 años

Todos los sábados por la mañana

(de 09h30 a 13h30)

desde principios de mayo de 2024.

También desde principios de Mayo habrá clases gratuitas en Los Cristianos para escolares los lunes, miércoles y jueves a partir de las 16 horas.

Serán para niños de 10 a 13 años.

FREE lessons for children aged 7 to 10 years on Saturday mornings and for those aged 10 to 13 on Mondays, Weds and Thurs starting 4pm

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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!   

ALL PART of the SERVICE

We are not just a social club here at ACES. We can also...

-Find good, reasonably priced accommodation

-Arrange pick-ups from the airport

-Help solve your mobility problems

-Advise what to do – and not do – on the island

-Offer recommendations re places of interest

-Give guidance on Brexit related problems

That`s what friends are for

Conquering a Bridge World

SWEDISH  SUPERBOY

I said at the very beginning of this website that "the youth of today will lead the way". Below are examples of how  they are already revolutionising the image of the game. 

The first is about a young Scandinavian. Here is a copy of a mail I sent to the Swedish Federation following a 15 table bridge tournament in Fuengirola on 1st November 2018.

 

"I write to congratulate the SBF on your efforts to promote bridge as an invaluable sport for young people. You will no doubt be delighted to hear what happened when Markus came in to play with his father, Peter Bertheau, at the busy club in Fuengirola where I was a director.
 

As I was the non playing Director of the tournament that day, I had the pleasure of being able to discreetly observe Markus`bidding and playing skills. Which led me to realize after just two rounds that he was possibly the best player in the club that day. Despite the fact that they were up against a former Swedish champion as well as a Norwegian who still plays almost as well as his friend, recent World Champion Boye Brogeland! At the end of the penultimate round I made this announcement to all the players:

"Despite the high general standard of this club, all the members today will be astonished to know that there is a 75 year age gap between the youngest and eldest participant. The experienced players especially will be humbled to know that one of the pair that has been leading all afternoon is only 13 years of age. Not only can we learn from this young man how to play bridge, but his impeccable behaviour all afternoon makes him a wonderful ambassador for youth bridge and for Swedish bridge in particular”

 

Well done Markus. If anyone doubts that this story is genuine, then you can either check out the results on the internet or ask Micke at Swedish Bridge Federation HQ. He agreed to let me publish that mail. Presumably because he feels, like me, that all people who try blocking the opportunities for kids to play in clubs need to be taught a lesson. A 13 year old Scandinavian being the ideal teacher to give that lesson.

Trevor 13/3/19

STOP PRESS 

UPDATE on this story-

Seven months later - in July 2019 - I was in Norway attending the European Youth Championships at Oslofjoord. Markus was one of the youngest there and represented Sweden in the under 16 event. They finished fifth of the 19 countries. The Swedish Team was managed by his mother, Kathrine Bertheau. whom I also had the pleasure of meeting.

In January this year, Kathrine became the WBF number one ranked womens bridge player and she still has that ranking today. 

CONGRATULATIONS to MARKUS´ MUM

The current WORLD CHAMPION

(20/10/2023)

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile in SIAM

A story told in pictures

The adventure started here for eight youngters aged 8 to 12.

 

One British,  one French, an American and a Russian. The four youngest all Thai.

Two teams / four pairs of intrepid bridge players setting off from Samui airport 

They came back three days later with five world bridge records 

 

 

 

A location fit for Royalty

 

The view across the golf course from their bridge room balcony

 

at the Royal Sports Club in Bangkok 

 

Welcomed

like

Royalty

by

Esther Sophonpanich

PRESIDENT

of the

World Federation Asia Pacific Zone

 

 

The story of how eight youngsters managed to somehow conquer the world

 

An American partnering a Russian

a British girl partnering a French boy

with the help of 

two pairs of Thai sisters

 

Having proved that magic formula works round the bridge tables, dare I suggest it might be a good idea for everyone else on Planet Earth to start playing bridge. Then we might be able to solve all the World`s problems