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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


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


Menu 2

Tuna, mushroom, leek and red pepper tart

Roast chicken with three veg

Mixed fruit crumble


Menu 3

Cheese tart

Tagliatelli puttanesca

Kiwi tart 


Menu 4

Leek and potato soup with stilton

Steak and kidney pie with 3 veg

Fruit salad


Menu 5

Melon and cured Iberian ham

Salmon and potato bake

Lemon tart

Menu 6


Fish soup

Albondigas in tomato sauce

Apple pie and ice cream


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 .. .  

Conquering a Bridge World




I said at the very beginning of this website that "the youth of today will lead the way"

So we will finish with examples of exactly how the WBF and the national organisations - and individual bridgelovers like me - are revolutionising the image of the game. The first one is about a young European champion. Here is a copy of a mail I sent to the Swedish Federation following a bridge tournament at the end of October 2018.


"I am writing 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 a young man came in to play with his father at the busy club in Fuengirola where I was a director.

As I was not playing, 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 two of the players were a former Swedish champion and a Norwegian champion who still plays almost as well as his friend, Boye Brogeland!

In fact, Markus was in the lead right up until the end of the penultimate round, at which point I made this announcement to all the members present:

"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


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 








The full story will be told shortly. Worth the wait. Yours truly likes to leave the best till last

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