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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 .. .  

Father & Son



More than two months ahead of schedule


is being officially launched today


at a Danish dinner party in Carvajal this evening 


03h00 17/3/19





Four of my many great friends on the Costa del Sol. are Rita and Gerry from the Republic of Ireland and Helen and Paul from Northern Ireland. Paul`s CV shows that he represents his country at bridge. So Northern Ireland have the best bridge pair

ONE-NIL  to Northern Ireland

but the other pair from south of the backstop have the best paddler. 


Hold on a minute. I`ve just realised that Gerry and Rita know those two statements are 1001% true whereas Helen and Paul might not.

(Because they don`t realise Padel is a a popular racket sport in Spain) 

latest score: 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland

Whether Northern Ireland score an equaliser or an own goal depends on what Helen and Paul say in their testimonial match


Breaking News

Latest score still 2-1 to the Republic


Viewers will be pleased to know that I am asking Paul to send me his testimonial to see whether they can trump the paddler`s achievement to score an equaliser. I intend to reveal the final score mid July. Because I am fleeing the mainland and heading for an island in the Atlantic Ocean the following day. 

As it happens, that is all true as well. For your information I am leaving on 2/4 and I will be appearing at the Bernabeu stadium on 26 April. Ask Kevin Keegan if you don`t believe me.

Trevor 04h00 17/3 

PS This is most definitely NOT an Irish joke






A famous singer songwriter born the same day


You are all invited to the birthday party on 21st July

Trevor 0340 on 17/3