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  • News from the Bridge Room in the Rhine Valley


    A message from Tom Townsend:

    "I hope you all had a superb time in the Rhine Valley, and a safe journey home. It was good to meet you there, and talk about bridge and other things.
    We had three seminars. As well as discussing a few hands from your tournaments, we worked our way through my problem sheets on opening leads. E-mail me if you would like to receive these, or if you ever have what you feel may be suitable material for my Daily Telegraph column: I'm always pleased to hear from my readers.
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  • New Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017

    New Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017

    To keep-up with the evolution of the game, the WBF undertakes a review of the Laws every ten years or so. The 2007 Law Book will now be replaced with a new 2017 version. The 2017 law changes come into affect this summer and will be used in EBU tournaments by August and be adopted in clubs by September. Everyone is required to introduce the new law by the end of September, therefore, Arena Travel will be using the new laws in its Autumn programme.

    Further information on the changes can be found at the EBU website.

  • News from the Bridge Room in Poreč, April 2017

    Host report by Barry Watts:

    The Istrian Peninsula of Croatia lies at the North-Eastern end of the Adriatic. It is unlike other parts of the Mediterranean because the limestone Karst geology makes it a region of beautiful islands and mountains. The red soil in the plains and the region’s higher rainfall have led to centuries of prosperous agriculture; most notably, wine and olive farming. Occupation of the area by Rome, Venice and then Austria has produced towns and villages of great beauty with all the architectural influences of these cultures.

    Our holiday was in the town of Poreč on the western shore of the Istrian peninsula. The Island of Sveti Nicola lies across the entrance to the bay, making it a natural harbour that has been occupied for over 2000 years. Today it is part of the most popular tourist areas of Croatia.

    The Valamar Riviera hotel sits in a prime position on the harbour of the old town of Poreč. Part of the hotel complex is the Villa Parentino on the end of the Poreč promontory. The villa built by the family Polensi in 1887 looks across the Northern Adriatic and on a clear day Venice can be seen across the bay. That alone puts the history of this natural harbour into perspective.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Majorca 2017

    Host report by Toby & Janette Mace:

    We returned once again to the splendid Bella Playa Hotel, with its excellent spa and capacious bridge room, that we manged to fill with 19 tables every evening and 20 at the peak. The beautiful weather didn't dent the afternoon sessions much with a peak turnout of 9 tables during our stay. In fact there was only one day of rain over the two weeks, preceded by some impressive overnight thunder. The outdoor pool always looked very inviting but I only saw one person in it over the 2 weeks - you really need a wetsuit to enjoy it in late March, easier just to work on the sun tan on a poolside lounger. Many people opted for the indoor pool with its hot tubs, saunas and steam room.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Cyprus 2017

    Host report by Pauline Durie:

    Cyprus - the beautiful island of Aphrodite legend saw us return for an enjoyable two weeks of bridge and more. A change of hotel due to renovation did not disappoint. The Pioneer Beach has excellent facilities. The bridge room easily accommodated our 16 tables of enthusiastic bridge players. The outdoor pool looks beautiful though very few hardy souls used it! The indoor pool was far more popular especially the weekly aquafit session. Other activities included line dancing and tango lessons as well as the opportunity to make and sample frappe and cocktails. The bowls programme was well received by many and honours were shared in the many matches played. Even the wind didn’t deter them. Many guests enjoyed a walk along the promenade to Paphos harbour with its range of bars, restaurants and gift shops taking in the splendour of the spring flowers coming into full bloom along the way. The harbour is also home to the famous mosaics some of which are almost complete. Something for everyone.

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