April 2016 English Bridge
game as well as the social element. I've met many
great people in the junior squads.
I think more kids would be interested if they
could be taught by young and vibrant teachers who
are passionate for the game.
David, tell us about teaching the children bridge.
I think it was inevitable that they would both try
playing at some point. We started by playing some
minibridge, then introduced bidding as they
increased their confidence in their ability to win lots
I feel the main thing is not to push children into
playing if they are not interested or ready. As soon
as they decide they want to play it will be impossible
for them not to be hooked!
What are your favourite subjects at school?
Jasmine: History and Maths are the subjects that
I am most passionate about.
Liam: I am currently in my GCSE year but I have
made my A-Level selections. I plan to take Maths,
Further Maths, History and Economics.
Do you play other games?
Jasmine: We have family games nights where we
play Cluedo, Uno and Perudo. Liam often insists
that we play some bridge too! I also enjoy playing
tennis and netball, and I play both of these sports
for my school.
Liam: Like Jasmine, I also like family games
nights. My favourite X-box game is FIFA and I am
confident of winning my house FIFA competition at
school. I enjoy watching and playing football.
Do you think you will make a career out of bridge,
or pursue a different path keeping bridge as a
Jasmine: I think I will always have bridge as a fun
thing to do in my spare time. At the moment, I'm
hoping that I can do something that involves horses.
Liam: I am most likely to pursue a different
career path. However, I expect bridge will always be
a strong part of my life.
What are your favourite types of family holidays?
Jasmine: That's a tricky one! I'm very lucky
because I've been on some fun European trips with
my Dad, but I also love going to America to visit my
grandma. When I'm there I get to go to horseback
riding camp and see lots of my American friends
and family. r
ON EACH of the following problems, you are
West. What should you bid with each hand on
the given auction at pairs, Love All?
Julian Pottage gives his answers on
1® Pass 1´ Pass
4´ Pass Pass
1´ Pass 3® Pass
1´ Pass 1NT Pass
1t Pass 1™
Dble 1´ 3® 3t
1t Pass 1´ Pass
´ 9 6
™ A Q 10 4
t 7 3
® A Q 10 8 5
™ A 9
t A K Q 10 9
® K Q J 8 6
´ K Q 6 5 3
™ A 10 6 3
t 9 3
® 10 8
´ Q J 10 9 5
t K J 9 4
® A Q 9
´ A 6 5 3
t A K 7 3
® K 9 8 7 5
™ 9 4 2
t A K J 10 4 2
® A 8 6
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