Just a friendly note to make sure we are hanging in there in this time of crisis. We have just gone through a very tough month, with another one coming up. Let me first say we are all missing our bridge and the only reason we are not playing together is Health & Safety. The main part of this sacrifice is to save lives. If we can save one life by our actions the sacrifice is worth it for the right reason, that one life could be your own.
A lot of people have contacted me by phone, text, or email asking what we should do as bridge players at this time. Well beside the obvious play online, studying our bridge books and wondering when we will be back at bridge, let’s make a few suggestions:
- Call your bridge partner/s to see how they are doing
- Pick one person per day that you know in your club or other clubs, call them and say hello
- If you are under the “cocoon age” call someone who is stuck at home alone and see do, they need help.
Now I know many of you are doing these things but for those who are not these are three simple things you can do now to make a difference. You will feel good after doing them a few times. We are all very VULNERABLE right now and when you are VUL you don’t take chances. We need everyone back when this is all over, so play safe follow the guidelines, if you need anything, email or text and we will do our best to solve your problem.
By the way if there is anyone on your list who you may have a difference with, now would be a good time to call them and say hello, especially if they are home alone right now.
Folks we will get over this, hopefully without too many scares. Don’t forget we are one Big Bridge Family across the country and don’t forget Families all lookout for one another.
Keep Well – Keep Safe follow HSE.ie guidelines
Firstly some news on events –
Our last bulletin told you that everything had been cancelled / postponed up until the end of April, including the IBU Seniors Congress.
I can now confirm that everything scheduled for May and June and into July is now cancelled / postponed also – This includes Carlow Congress, Killarney Congress, Yeats Country Congress (Sligo) and Ballina Congress; 4Fun Teams, IBU Clubs Pairs (Both), IBU Egan Trophy. The organisers of Dublin Congress, which is scheduled to be back in Westmanstown this year, are holding off on making a decision until the situation is clearer.
A few things that might interest you – From Bridge author Marty Bergen firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please stay safe!
From Andrew Robson – teacher and International player
Daily "Bridgecast" reaches 1,600 subscribers
Dear Bridge Player,
It's amazing that within 48 hours of launching, my daily Bridgecast has passed 1,600 subscribers. As we head towards 2,000 we have decided to make a donation to the Mental Health charity MIND, particularly given the effects of isolation on so many people. If you have not yet had a chance to take a look, please do so by clicking here. You can continue to watch the first two days Bridgecasts free of charge, but each day from today (Saturday 28th March) onwards will be available only to subscribers. The monthly subscriptions cost £7.99 plus VAT for either the Intermediate or Advanced channel, or you can subscribe to both for £11.99 plus VAT.
Starting soon: BridgeCast for the less experienced and beginning Bridge player
We are thrilled and delighted to find ourselves with 2,600 subscribers to our BridgeCasts, launched last week. It's wonderful to be part of such a strong and thriving Bridge community. Thank you so much for your support.
Many of you have asked us to start a BridgeCast for Beginners, for those who have never played before, for those in the early days of their Bridge learning or those who have played for a while but just don't feel very confident.
And we are delighted to announce that we are about to launch one.
From today, if you Click Here, you will be taken to our BridgeCast home page (via Patreon.com).
You'll find a section for Beginners and there you will find a welcome video from me and an explanation as to how the Beginners BridgeCast will work.
For each of the next four days we will provide a link to the first four lessons from my Learn Bridge series, free of charge, so that those who have never played before can familiarise themselves with the mechanics of Bridge, before the first BridgeCast is posted on Monday morning. Monday and Tuesday will be free of charge, thereafter it will be by subscription at £7.99 plus VAT per month, around 30 pence a day.
I hope people will see this as great value. It's a unique time to learn Bridge. We have put a lot of thought into how to do this, so people feel engaged and part of the Andrew Robson Bridge community -- while we are all isolating.
Please do pass this on to friends and family who you think may be interested. We want this unique opportunity to learn Bridge to reach as many people as possible. Thank you very much.
With very best wishes and keep well,
I hope you enjoy it.
WIth best wishes,