A Game of 3 Halves
The first International Bridge Tournament was recently held at Restaurante Rincón de Elias on the Bolnuevo paseo. It was organised by the Mazarrón Bay Bridge Club (MBBC).

mazarron bridge may2016The MBBC would like to thank Leen (pronounced ‘Lane’ as in Penny Lane) and JVB (pronounced John Van Beek) who were responsible for proposing and setting up and running the event. Smaller thanks also go to Phil, Anita, Jon (no ‘h’) and Leicester City for their brief contributions.
The European Team was made up of Spanish, Dutch, some Scandahooligans, a few Scots (they did want to leave the UK) and a man with a Scottish sounding name, a redhead and a solicitor.

mazarron bridge CheersMay2016bridgeThe British Team (Please note the name JVB) comprised mainly English, a Jamaican (British Commonwealth) and one Welshman (no ‘h’).

There were 3 rounds of 8 boards (games) held through the morning. The Europeans took a commanding lead after the first half, but the British (JVB) came back in the second. You have to read the complete article to find out the result, or look at the photograph to see who is receiving the magnificent trophy.

The defining moment might have been the small slam (6 hearts) bid and made by Pieter (pronounced ‘Peter’ in English), which was matched by Jean (middle name Melody) on the British Team.

After totalling the scores, the teams (32 players) were joined at lunch by 11 partners, husbands, wives, friends and relations including an 18-month granddaughter of Paula. You can never start too early to learn Bridge. She even brought her own ‘dummy’ (boom, boom).
Rincon put on a great lunch as always; helped by lashings of red wine and the trophies were handed over; a large one for the winners and a tiny one for the runners up. Score Europeans 220, British 229.

MBBC play Bridge on Mondays and Thursdays at 09:30 hours at Hotel Playa Grande, on the road from Puerto de Mazarrón to Bolnuevo.
For more information on MBBC go to
www.bridgewebs.com/mazarrnbay/