Once upon a time, we had no fewer than five Congresses a year in Dublin. Yes, we had the once-off Regent Congress after Christmas - but basically we're now down to just one.
The Bankers event still survives and is scheduled for seven days in early March.
Two of the most popular people in Bridge - largely due to their tremendous work at the Templeogue Centre -are now branching out into the holiday field. Toni Pelosi and Valerie Burke-Moran are running a week-long trip to Aloha in Torremolinos from September 26. I suggest you contact Toni at (086) 332-6020, or Valerie at (086) 319-7847, as this is very good value and there will be six nights of Bridge, plus expert tips from Valerie - one of our best lady players.
The 16th novice and intermediate congress will be played at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo from the 20th to 22nd of this month Entries to Headquarters or Fearghal O'Boyle at (086) 265-2871. The event will finish in plenty of time if you are travelling by train.
Who said luck does not play a big part even at the very top level? Luck of the Irish in this hand from the Camrose. Bidding (neither vul) S W N E 1S 2D 2S 3H P 3S P 4C P 4H P 4NT P 5H P 6H Note the D suit is never mentioned with nine of them.
Everything fell beautifully - and poor although this slam is, it can't be touched.