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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!   


Felicitaciones a Sofía y Carmen.

Las Campeonas en Icod el Alto

Pictured with Manuel who everyone agrees is....

The best President in the world

Christmas lunch 2022 at Barcelo Occidental in Fuengirola
Christmas lunch 2022 at Barcelo Occidental in Fuengirola
SKI & BRIDGE April 2024
SKI & BRIDGE April 2024

A five night bridge break starting 10 April staying at the Mirasol Hotel in Sierra Nevada

Non skiers can enjoy the walks in the warm Spring sunshine. 

Ski and lift passes FREE for over 70´s

Beautiful views above Granada
Beautiful views above Granada



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.


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