Spring Bridge Letter 2015
It seems a long time since my last letter, our ‘bridge time’ in Tenerife already is a distant memory.
We left here in the middle of February and arrived in hot sunshine.
Apparently we had just missed the bad weather which had ruined January.
It had been cold and wet and had disappointed many holiday makers who had been expecting sun and warmth.
We made many visits to the Italian club at the Gran Arona hotel.
We enjoyed our welcome and had some really lively afternoons there.
We are getting to know the regulars and feel really relaxed when we play.
The games can be stormy sometimes but nevertheless always enjoyable.
We also had a friendly welcome from Doreen and Alf at the
Club Atlantis Las Americas Tenerife.
Some afternoons when the heat was too oppressive we walked down to the English Bridge Club at the Commodoro Hotel where we met old friends and made some new ones.
Unfortunately we did not get to say goodbye as the dreaded ‘lurgy’ which was sweeping across the island scythed down our Tel who could not get out of bed for three days and only just made the plane back.
I recently came across a site called bridge hands which is very informative.
It gives short definitions of most commonly used conventions in the British and American systems.
It will be very useful given the number of bridge players who play outside the uk.
Another site which gives and explains conventions can be found at
This site also gives a comprehensive history of the origins of bridge the game we know and love today.
It suggests that the practice of the dummy hand being exposed originated with three British army officers in India who could not find a fourth player for a game of whist.
The article also delves into the question of where the name bridge came from.
Some people think it originated from the Russian word ‘biritch or britch.’
Some hold the belief is that it is a derivation of the game of whist which had been known as Russian whist.
However the writer of the article claims that when the British took up the game possibly in the Crimean War then the players used the word bridge which sounded like the Russian word britch.
This he says is called folk etymology a process where people often substitute a word they do know for one they do not know even when the substitution makes no sense.
So it is likely that the name bridge is entirely random and completely meaningless.
So now you know!!!!!