First For Bridge

  • News from our bridge holiday to Bristol

    Report by Bob & Jacky Baker

    A happy group of players saw in the New Year with four days of bridge at the Mercure Hotel in Bristol. The winners of the two principal events were: Pip Duncan & Donne Hoong New Year's Eve Pairs: Donne Hoong and Pip Duncan Joyce & Robert Jones, Ann McMahon & Richard Tyler New Year's Day Teams: Ann McMahon & Richard Tyler, Robert & Joyce Jones Bill Bethell, Eddie Richart, Tony & Patricia Craddock A special mention to Eddie Richart, Tony & Patricia Craddock who registered the highest score in the New Year's Day Teams competition (an impressive +100 IMPs over 24 boards) but were ineligible for the prize as their teammate was Bill Bethell from the First for Bridge Team (thanks, Bill, for your support over the four days). The following slam hand from the Teams evening was interesting: bristol puzzle Most pairs reached a straightforward small slam in spades, although those ending up in 6 managed to get home despite the nasty trump split. One player ended up in 6NT played by North, which on a non-club lead presented no problems - declarer can set up a second diamond trick to add to six spades, three hearts and the club ace. A club lead from East looks dangerous, but in fact declarer can get home, after a club to the king and ace, by cashing six spades and three hearts ending up in hand. East has had to reduce to three cards, almost certainly Kx and ♣Q. Declarer, who holds AQ and ♣J, now throws him in with a club and the diamond lead at trick twelve gives declarer the slam. Note that the (very) unlikely lead of ♣Q does not beat the contract as West can be end played to open up the hearts, giving declarer four tricks in the suit.
  • News from Madeira

    Host Report

    By Judy Sanis First for Bridge welcomed over 100 guests to the Pestana Bay Hotel in Madeira. We had the most beautiful weather and guests sat outside for breakfast and dinner and sunbathed by the pool. Madeira is a truly spectacular island and everyone appreciated the trips organised by Atlantic Travel or made their way on local buses. We had a courtesy bus which ran regularly to Funchal where it was possible to enjoy the old town or take a flat stroll along by the sea.All the staff in the Pestana Bay were very welcoming and helpful and we also thank Rita, our travel rep. for her help and thoughtfulness in planning our trips around the island. We all found time to play bridge although most guests only chose to join us in the evenings. We had a range of competitions organised by Andrew, our bridge director, and his seminars were well supported. Continue reading
  • News from Menorca

    Host report from Menorca

    By Bob & Jacky Baker S’Algar remains as picturesque and peaceful as ever and we were fortunate to enjoy beautiful clear blue skies and sunshine for much of our fortnight there. There were, as usual, many guests who were returning and they all agreed that the hotel and in particular the dining was better than ever. Continue reading
  • Host report from our Bridge holiday to the Chateau des Comtes de Challes

                By Andy & Chris Simmons This was First for Bridge’s first visit to the Chateau des Comtes de Challes. Located in the French Alps, the Chateau has stunning views from spacious gardens to the valley below and to the backdrop of snow-capped mountains in the distance. Continue reading
  • Report from our recent bridge cruise on Celebrity Eclipse to Iceland

    by Judy & Allan Sanis

    It was a pleasure to be back on Celebrity Line’s beautiful ship “The Eclipse”. The staff welcomed our “First for Bridge” group and we were once more looked after in the stunning bridge room with floor to ceiling views. Even bridge had to take second place to the sighting of a whale but we played through waterfalls and spectacular fiords! We had the benefit of being a smallish group and we all got to know each other and played bridge in harmony and friendship. The trips our guests chose were varied and included swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, experiencing amazing geological formations dating back to the ice age and four by four off-roading. All the ports we visited were immediately accessible from the ship’s gangway and so walking around and finding a coffee was always an alternative to the organised trips. Once back on the ship the food, the entertainment, the bars and the shopping filled a gap between our twenty bridge sessions. All our regular players won a prize during the two weeks bridge.  So everyone shown in our pictures is a winner. Continue reading

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