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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

Bridge and Alzheimers

Playing with ALZHEIMERS

 

The purpose of this article is to encourage and enable bridge playing victims and their carers to play as long as possible with their friends at clubs in their twilight years. An undeniable and, often, an undiminished pleasure for the sufferer in the early stages of development of the disease. There are, however, situations where it can do more harm than good to encourage victims to continue playing in clubs.

Both my parents suffered from the disease. They loved card games. Since they passed away, I have played with over a  thousand different partners and have watched thousands of others as a non playing director. Because my parents suffered, I have made a point of learning how to spot the earlier stages of Alzheimers in bridge players. Before even their nearest and dearest become aware of their partner´s affliction. The biggest giveaway is the failure of players to remember a relatively simple new convention they are asked to try when they play with a new partner.

It has been a fascinating learning curve for me playing in recent years with friends on a regular basis as their Alzheimer condition worsened. Far from being a chore, each game has been an enjoyable and mentally rewarding experience, albeit a very very tiring one. Admittedly, I have a lot of patience and am able to empathise with victims. Here are a few tips to help other symathetic friends of sufferers to develop those essential qualities whilst avoiding the pitfalls:

1.Never disagree when partner suggests you have made a mistake. Just say they must get on with playing the next hand. Otherwise they end up getting increasingly angry out of frustration. And you, of course, get more frustrated as well.

2. Never never suggest partner made an error. Paradoxically, the more clear cut and obvious the fundamental mistake, the more important it is to avoid an inquest. They tend to become even more confused. Whereas saying nothing allows them to reboot their memory box and remember all the other basics programmed for years in their brains. A good example occurred whilst I was partnering a Polish sufferer just a few weeks ago. He correctly opened the weak two hearts with six hearts and 8 points. Yet only two hands previously, our Danish opponent had asked him what my opening bid of two spades meant – and then how many points I held. He had replied “five spades” and “at least 12 points” respectively to those questions. Causing great confusion to our opponents who were unaware of his condition.

That brings me on to the question of whether it is advisable to allow a sufferer to continue playing in a reputable club at that advanced stage of Alzheimers. The answer in this instance was NO. Because it affected the fairness of competition in that expat club in Fuengirola where players are transient and the standard high.

My answer was different four years ago when I was asked to play at a Dutch club with a victim whose infirmity was at a very advanced stage. That day I was determined to do well for this long standing English friend. The concentration level needed to achieve that end resulted in it being the most exhausting game I have ever played. Trying to work out the consistently inconsistent bids of my partner and then give a satisfactory explanation to our opponents was nigh impossible.

To this day, it also ranks as the most exhilirating performance of my entire bridge career. At the end of the session, Max and I had just pipped his Spanish wife Maruxa (playing with Jane) to win. I was so thrilled for them that I bought all the other 35 players dinner and drinks at the venue. To extend the celebrations for this lovely man and his wife.

The heart-warming lessons to be learned from that event which took place at the Polo Club in Benalmadena in 2019 are twofold:

  1. Bridge players afflicted with Alzheimers can still play the cards well even when their bidding skills are non existent.

  2. Some of the greatest and most memorable days in a bridge player´s career can be when they are suffering from Alzheimers – or playing in a friendly club with a family atmosphere where everyone will rally round a carer who needs a break from looking after their beloved.

 

A nice positive way to end this article.

Trevor.

04h45 on 31/8/23

Playing with ALZHEIMER`s

In the latest census, the population of Tenerife was registered as 949,471. A recent Canaries TV news report estimated that at least one in 74 of the population suffers from Alzheimers.  

It is no secret that we currently have a sufferer playing in the ACES club. He knows himself that it is now at a fairly advanced stage where he frequently cannot remember which is the trump suit. How much longer he continues to be able to play competitive bridge depends on the support he might expect from his long term friends as the condition deteriorates.

I appreciate that partnering a sufferer at that stage of his illness can be a Herculean task for the partner. Understandably, it can also be embarrassing for the adversaries.
 

But let us not forget that playing bridge gives the mental stimulus the sufferer needs. Not just to improve quality of life, but to extend lives by stimuilating the brain and thus slowing the progression of the ailment. One of the advantages of playing at ACES is that it only requires two supportive players (plus yours truly) to enable a sufferer to carry on playing. It may surprise some to know that this objective can even be achieved whilst participating in competitions I occasionally run where noone changes tables. Only the boards move.


As part of a research project at Sterling University conducted by the World Bridge Federation, I have written several other articles on this subject. They give a greater insight into the way of thinking of bridge playing sufferers and are available on request.

Trevor - 21h05 on 27/7/21