ARONA BRIDGE CLUB
El Arona Bridge Club abrirá sus puertas el 1 de julio de 2024.
The Arona Bridge Club will open on 1st July 2024.
It will have its own premises for the exclusive use of club members 7 days a week.
Times and days of sessions from 1st July to 31st December 2024 can be found on the information pages
Note that we are hoping to run bridge tournaments every afternoon starting 15h30 during October and November.
Please register your interest now.
ESCUELA DEL SÁBADO
clases / lecciones
GRATIS para niños españoles de 7 a 13 años
Todos los sábados por la mañana
(de 09h30 a 13:30)
desde principios de mayo 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.
The MUTTON CUP 2024
Trevor's ultimate challenge
The challenge of preparing a Spanish team for the country´s first appearance in the under 16 category at the European Youth Championships is one thing. Taking on World champions face to face in an individual competition in Madrid next August is another matter. But both exciting ambitions are on my agenda. My swansong after 7 decades playing the wonderful game.
As far as TEAM SPAIN is concerned, much has already been achieved. Not only can we confidently look forward to Spain possibly competing for the first time at the next Euros, but the country's team will probably be the youngest in the competition with an average age no higher than 13. Not an unreasonable expectation given that a ten year old appeared with great success in a major competition on Spanish territory for the first time last month as reported on the Home Page of this website.
For me personally, partnering and opposing several world champions in the Mutton Cup at the Vergara club in 7 months time is an equaly exciting prospect. It is no exagerration to say I will look forward to that with as much enthusiasm as the young kiddies I teach. Although I will have to wait until February for details of exactly which World Champions I am likely to be competing against, I can already tell you three who will almost certainly be on the list are: Paul Hackett and his twin sons Justin and Jason.
The Hacketts are the most famous and most decorated bridge family in the world of bridge. But my participation might not be the David v Goliath mismatch one might expect. For the simple reason that I hold the world record for the highest number of different partners since the turn of the century. In fact computer records of the French, UK, Spanish and Thai national federations will show that I have partnered no less than 1500 different people. My experience in successfullty adapting to multiple different bidding systems is a big advantage in an individual competition such as the Mutton Cup.
Watch this space for further updates next month. Trevor 17/1/24
|More dates for your diary
Wherever I go to play tournaments in 2024 - including the Vergara for the Mutton cup - I will have mornings free when all families with budding champions are invited to bring their children for a 15 minute demonstration of the educationl benefits of learning bridge.
Tournaments already in my diary for 2024 are:
Sevilla, 24 and 25 February
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife 18 to 22 March
La Coruña, Galicia 24 and 24 May
Biarritz, France 5 to 7 July
Madrid 22 to 24 August
Ste Estève, France 19 to 22 September
All are welcome to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to see me any morning on these dates. But please book your appointment - email@example.com
|Never too late to start playing bridge
Another person I am looking forward to partnering in 2024 is the younger gentleman pictured here. Daniel is also world renowned. Famous for his singing and not, as yet, for his bridge skills. Which is why he popped in for a lesson and afternoon tea at my apartment earlier this year. Who is he? Here are a few clues:
In 2012, he became the first artist to have a different album in the British charts every year for 25 consecutive years. By the time he took up bridge, that record had been extended to over 30 years. He has sold over ten million records and is widely considered a cultural icon in Ireland, He is a prominent ambassador for his home county of Donegal.
And I ♥love♥ Donegal. Trevor 15/11/23
|INNOVATION and IMPROVISATION
When a bridge "FOUR" = FIVE
Our modus operandi at the Academy - with prepared boards where each one has a middle score for either pair to beat - has two significant advantages over traditional comps. It not only allows just one table of four to have a competitive game, but it allows five people to likewise compete against each other via a very fair individual competition where you chop and change partners.
There is always one sitting out, of course, but the players can change partners as often as they want. Moreover, the planned changeovers can be revised at any time during the session. Perhaps to allow an individual to have a longer break to rest their brains or have a cuppa on the terrace.
It matters not if some players want a longer or shorter break. Irrespective of the number of boards played, all scores quickly translate to a percentage at the end. As long as everyone has partnered at least two of the other four players, there will always be an outright winner. And someone who deserves the wooden spoon as well.
are the ultimate test of whether your bridge club is a friendly place to play
If you`ve never played one, come and try ours to discover why I say that. We will be playing them frequently.