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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

Discipline
ZERO TOLERANCE

DISCIPLINE in clubs - ZERO TOLERANCE policy

 

Many bridge clubs claim to apply a `zero tolerance' policy. What is it and is it enforced?

The 93 rules of bridge apply to all tournaments run by clubs affiliated to the national Federations. They are reviewed only once every ten years. Generally very few changes are made. but the review in 2007 did give much more power to Directors. Primarily to improve discipline in clubs. If strictly applied, the club could claim to be applying a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

The three most relevant Rules were clear and unambiguous. Those rules are there for the Director to take action when required. They are reproduced in full below to show the high standards of etiquette that are required in clubs - and what remedies are available to the director to sanction offenders. These include, ultimately, the ability to exclude a participant once the tournament has actually started. Be warned

Personally, I have never needed to go to the extreme of giving a player his marching order.** But I accept that,  if ever someone left my club never to return because of the bad behaviour of a fellow member, then questions would need to be asked of the director and the committee.

That said, this problem should not arise in the new ACES Academy because there will be an independent Ethics committe to deal with members` grievances.

Finally let me make it clear that the Director is not there to discipline players. On the contrary...

                                              

Directors are there to HELP all players.

for the long term benefit and enjoyment of all members 

Players should not hesitate to call the Director if they have any query or problem at the table.

 

 

Here then are the relevant WBF Rules. To make it more fun for you to read about what you should NOT do, dare I suggest that each reader totals the number of infractions his pair did commit in just the last club tournament they played!!! On the other hand, perhaps not a good idea. 

 

LAW 74 

CONDUCT AND ETIQUETTE    

 

A. Proper Attitude

1.A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times.

2. A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.

3. Every player should follow uniform and correct procedure in calling and playing.

 

B) Etiquette

As a matter of courtesy a player should refrain from:

1. paying insufficient attention to the game.

2. making gratuitous comments during the auction and play.

3. detaching a card before it is his turn to play.

4. prolonging play unnecessarily (as in playing on although he knows that all the tricks are surely his) for the purpose of disconcerting an opponent.

5. summoning and addressing the Director in a manner discourteous to him or to other contestants.

 

C) Violations of Procedure

The following are examples of violations of procedure:

1. using different designations for the same call.

2. indicating approval or disapproval of a call or play.

3. indicating the expectation or intention of winning or losing a trick that has not been completed.

4. commenting or acting during the auction or play so as to call attention to a significant occurrence, or to the number of tricks still required for success.

5. looking intently at any other player during the auction and play, or at another player's hand as for the purpose of seeing his cards or of observing the place from which he draws a card (but it is appropriate to act on information acquired by inadvertently seeing an opponent's card).

6. showing an obvious lack of further interest in a deal (as by folding one's cards).

7. varying the normal tempo of bidding or play for the purpose of disconcerting an opponent.

8. leaving the table needlessly before the round is called.

 

 

  LAW 90
PROCEDURAL PENALTIES

 

A)  Director's Authority

The Director, in addition to implementing the penalty provisions of these Laws, may also assess penalties for any offence that unduly delays or obstructs the game, inconveniences other contestants, violates correct procedure, or requires the award of an adjusted score at another table.
 

B)  Offences Subject to Procedural Penalty

The following are examples of offences subject to procedural penalty (but the offences are not limited to these):

1. arrival of a contestant after the specified starting time.
2. unduly slow play by a contestant.
3. discussion of the bidding, play or result of a board which may be overheard at another table.
4. unauthorized comparison of scores with another contestant.
5. touching or handling of cards belonging to another player
6. placing one or more cards in an incorrect pocket of the board.
7. errors in procedure (such as failure to count cards in one’s hand, playing the wrong board, etc.) that require an adjusted score for any contestant.
8. failure to comply promptly with tournament regulations or with instructions of the Director.

 

 

Law 91

PENALIZE OR SUSPEND

 

A) Director's Power

In performing his duty to maintain order and discipline, the Director is empowered to assess disciplinary penalties in points or to suspend a contestant for the current session or any part thereof. The Director’s decision under this clause is final and may not be overruled by an appeals committee. 

 

B) Right to Disqualify

         The Director is specifically empowered to disqualify a contestant for cause, subject to approval by the Tournament Committee.

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** Here is a tip for Directors who have problems controlling unruly behaviour:

Imagine you are a referee at a football match. 

Manchester United v Liverpool or Celtic v Rangers.

 

Before you kick off the session, announce to all competitors that you hold all the trumps. By telling them your Director`s bridge hand has   

30 yellow cards and 41 red cards

That will always do the trick.

PS: If players forget which Blackwood system they are playing, when partner announces 4NT you simply call the referee and ask

"how many yellow and red cards did you say there were in your pocket?"