Dear Members of
UNIBRIDGE CLUB and BBO PORTUGAL
I received from some friends some notes about a game they called "Bridge".
Officer of Portuguese Air Force, in Tete, Mozambique
In 1972, I was a young man serving my Country in Africa, as an Officer of the Portuguese Air Force.
I started to play some hours everyday in the Officers Club, in a table of Rubber Bridge with novices in the game like me.
"Four cards majors, Stayman old way, Baron and Albarran", thats all.
My Novice Partners"ASTRONAUT", a war orphan protected by me
When I returned to Portugal, two years later, I continued to play with friends for a further few years.
One day, someone called me to go to a Real Bridge Club in Lisbon, to see how a tournament was played. I kibitzed the best players indicated to me, and, of course, a great part of artificial bids were completely unknown to me.
Next day, I went again. An old Lady asked me?
- Do you play bridge?
- Well, I've played basic bridge for some years a very simple bridge, I don't know many Conventions.
- No problem, do you want to play with me today?
- I will be delighted, but you must forgive my mistakes, I don't even know how to use a bidding box!!!!!!!!
- Let's play, have fun, and try to do our best.
We registered, we played the tournament and at the end I went to the Bar to have a beer, having no idea if we have did badly or very badly.
Some minutes later, the Lady comes:
- Luis, Luis, please come, we won the tournament and they are calling us to give us our prize.
- What? We won? That's impossible!!!!!!!
- It's true, we won with 64%.
On the same day I made my registration with the Portuguese Bridge Federation.
I started to play more tournaments, teams, festivals, etc., etc.
In two years I got my Ranking of "1Club", 98th in Portuguese Federation.
During the years I won lots and lots of tournaments, some good performances playing in Spain too, I won a Major Festival, during three consecutive years I won the 1st place in, at the time, very prestigious BPI Tour.
1st place in Merit Order of Bridge BPI 971st place in Merit Order of Bridge BPI 981st place in Merit Order of Bridge BPI 99I got my Ranking of "1Diamond", 57th in Portuguese Federation.
For many years my Team played in 1st Division of Portuguese Federation, among the best teams in Portugal.