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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

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STOP PRESS

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.

 

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ESCUELA DEL SÁBADO

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           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.

 

 

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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. 

https://bridgewiththehacketts.com/

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

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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 - trevorwilson210750@gmail.com

Trevor 20/11/23

Never too late to start playing bridge
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.

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Footnote

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS

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.

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