Spade Heart The Bridge Club of Chiang Mai Diamond Club

Reminder - no Intermediate Bridge Lesson for Friday, November 23, due to Loi Krathong.

Posted 17 Nov 2018


Contact Us

If you wish to join us in a game of contract bridge in a friendly, congenial atmosphere, please contact Jim.

For more contact details, see the "Information" section in the left hand Menu of our website. We hope you like what you see and that we will be playing bridge with you at the Club soon!

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BCCM House of Cards

Thank you for visiting our website. Our members and guests get together several times each week  to play duplicate bridge. We invite you to look around this site and learn more about our friendly Club. You will find details of future events, results of weekly matches and news of interest not only to our members but to site visitors generally.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2018 14:14 ICT
Birthday Celebration
  • Happy birthday norman
  • Norman
  • Norman 90th cupcake
  • Normans cake

90 Years Young

On Friday, November 16, the BCCM celebrated one of its original members. Norman Moreau was in Canada during the summer celebrating with his large family when he turned 90 years old. But this day, his Chiang Mai family was able to celebrate Norman's milestone with a bit of cake.

Best wishes to Norman for many more years.

From Cinda:

Interestingly, enough Norman is in his 90’s and his partner today at bridge, David Blum, is 89.   Therefore, there was a bridge partnership today with a combined age of 179.   I’m betting that is a record for our club.

- photos by Cinda Rankin
- photo bomb by Kob

Last updated : 17th Nov 2018 12:16 ICT
Playing Card Trivia

Did you know...

The Chinese created the earliest known set of playing cards around AD 1000.

Some interesting facts and observations about "Playing cards":

Did you know that the Traditional Deck of the Playing Cards are a strikingly coherent form of a Calendar?

There are 52 weeks in the year and there are 52 Playing Cards in a Deck.

There are 13 weeks in each Season and there are 13 cards in each suit.

There are 4 Seasons in a Year and 4 Suits in the Deck.

There are 12 Months in a Year so there are 12 Court Cards (Those with faces namely Jack, Queen, King in each suit)

The Red Cards represent Day, while Black Cards represent the Night.

If you let Jacks = 11, Queens = 12, and the Kings = 13, then add up all the sums of 1 + 2 + 3 + …to 13 = 91. Multiply this by 4, for the 4 Suits, therefore 91 x 4 = 364, Add 1 that is the Joker and you will arrive at the number 365 being the Days in a Year?

Also, in some card games 2 Jokers are used, indicating the Leap year.

Is that a mere coincidence or a greater intelligence?

Of interest is the sum of the letters in all the names of the cards, e.g., add up the letters in "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King" = 52!

The   indicates ploughing or working.

The   indicates Love thy crops.

The   indicates flourishing and growth.

The   indicates reaping the wealth.

There is a deeper Philosophy than just merely Playing Cards. The Mathematical perfection is mind blowing.

- contributed by Carmina Meier

[ed:  from the internet, original source unknown ]

Last updated : 17th Nov 2018 06:13 ICT
Table Talk
Greetings from Madrid. Hope all is well with you. I will be in Chiangmai from 20 November onwards for 3 months. 
Looking for a partner on Wednesdays and Fridays. I will be playing with Kob on Sundays.
- Azim 
I am expecting to be back approx. Nov. 10 and look forward to seeing my Chiang Mai bridge friends again. I hope David will be willing to support a super senior for another season. Warm regards (4degrees C) from Canada.
- Norm Moreau



Last updated : 7th Nov 2018 07:42 ICT
Bridge Lessons

Intermediate Bridge Lessons

Now entering a 2nd month, these well-attended lessons are proving a hit with many long-time members.

Any member can come and attend; room for all. Non-members are welcome too, but please contact Jim Peukert before hand.
These 1 hour sessions all start at 11:30 sharp. Friday bridge begins 13:15.
Lesson handouts are available.

Lesson Plan

Friday Presenter Topic
October 5 Steve Ault Reverses
October 12 Leslie Varghese Tricks of the Trade
October 19 John Bucher Jacoby 2NT and Splinters
October 26 Ron Spiers Puppet Stayman
November 2 John Bucher Competitive Bidding
November 9 Neil Robinson Opening Leads
November 16 Luc Berte Hand Evaluation
November 23 Loi Krathong no lesson
November 30 Tim Dickey Doubles
December 7 Jazi Becoming an Oracle
December 14 Jim Peukert Roman Key Card


Last updated : 10th Nov 2018 12:17 ICT
Playing Partners

Finding a Playing Partner

Just before the end of October, the BCCM rolled out the Find a Partner feature, to help the membership connect for bridge game partnerships.

We’re excited about this new approach to partnership pairings, and anticipate quick adoption by the members of the BCCM.

In this article, I wish to share the several ways now available for connecting with partners via the BCCM website. The Find a Partner feature is just one of those ways.

1. Membership Lists

The first way may seem a bit old fashion. I remember my bridge-playing parents making phone calls (land lines, with rotary dial) to their list of friends. They generally made play dates at a prior bridge game, but when partners called to cancel, mom or dad had to work the phone to find a last-minute replacement. That’s still an option here at the BCCM.

Making your way to the website’s Member Area, members can access the clubs membership list. You’ll find the email addresses and phone numbers for most players here. You may get lucky with a few phone calls, or with more time, a number of emails to your usual partners and known “always looking” suspects.

2. Messages

Another way is by posting a message to the public-viewable Member Message Board on the Home page (scroll to bottom of page).

To post to this list, again go to the Member Area and select the Messages tab. On the Messages page that comes up, you’ll be able to edit or delete previously posted messages (press Amend button on the message line). To add a new message, press the New Message button.

An editor window comes up. Using the editor is beyond the scope of this document, but there’s a whole set of pre-made messages, mostly related to upcoming game dates. Select from the Choose quick message drop down box (this scrolls to show more prepared messages). Or, if you have your own message you wish to express - maybe you want to sell your Mercedes convertible to a caring bridge club member, or have puppies to give away (good luck with that!) or perhaps your gazillion inch flat panel led TV (now we’re talking), - you can add that in the large text box. You may want to choose an option for the message to automatically disappear after “X” days.

You’re message will show up in your personal message viewing area after you press the Save button. Go to the Home page and scroll to the bottom and you should see your message in the Member Message Board.

3. Find a Partner

This is the third, and perhaps best way for members to hook up with partners. The details of using this feature were sent out in an email, but the Find a Partner Instruction Guide (pdf) is online. You need to pre-plan here. Find a Partner is not going to work if you try to post your Partner Request the night before a game. Give it a few days lead time; the more the better.

I hope you’ll think of using these suggestions for finding your next playing partner, instead of firing off an email to Dot. The Find a Partner feature is especially promising.

If you have difficulty using any of these tools, please don’t hesitate to contact your BCCM Website Manager.

Good luck with finding partners!

Charles Quast

Last updated : 17th Nov 2018 06:33 ICT
Book Exchange Update
Book Exchange Update

BCCM Book Exchange News

Here’s an update to our Bookshelves from Cinda Rankin:

Today, I shelved and reorganized all of the club books and DVD’s.  It is nice to see that the library is being used and approximately 20% of our original books are gone.  Therefore, if anyone has books they would like to donate, please bring them in and place them in the cardboard box under the bookshelves.


We have hundreds of DVD ready for club members use.  I do not know if each DVD is in good condition, so if someone finds one that is not in good condition, please throw it out.


The club also has many bridge books for your use and if the bridge books don’t improve your game, there are lots of travel books, so that you can leave the country.   Or if that does not suit, then you can resort to the “Self Help” books that will help you to accept what may be.   Good Luck!!




Last updated : 24th Oct 2018 11:29 ICT
Member Message Board
Members have entered the following messages. This page shows the most recently added/amended message first.

When Who Message
25th Oct 14:05 Send an Email to  Charles Quast I am looking for a partner for bridge Monday - 5th November

An example of using the Messages feature in the Member Area. This message is public and visible to all.

20th Oct 20:30 Send an Email to  Charles Quast

Have something to buy, sell, or trade? List it here.

20th Oct 20:27 Send an Email to  Charles Quast

For help using any feature on this website, contact me by email.

Last updated : 25th Oct 2018 14:07 ICT
Winter Pairs 2018-2019
Director: Jim
Scorer: Mike
Friday Pairs Winter 2018-2019
Director: Steve
Scorer: Dot
Winter Pairs 2018-2019
Director: Jim
Scorer: Dot
Latest Winners

Sunday 18 November 2018

Erik and Mark 63.33%


Last updated : 18th Nov 2018 17:12 ICT
Bridge Schedule

For all games at the Oak Tree:
Registration 12:30 to 13:15
(No Late Registrations)
Play starts at 13:30

   Relaxed Pairs 13:15
   Winter Pairs 13:15
   Friday Pairs 13:15
   Winter Pairs 13:15
Last updated : 29th Oct 2018 15:58 ICT
Special Events

Pre-Christmas Bridge Session
Friday, 14 December 2018

Club Day
Saturday, 19 January 2019

10th Anniversary of BCCM
T.B.A. - February 2019


Last updated : 3rd Nov 2018 12:06 ICT
Bridge Lessons

Intermediate Bridge Lessons

Starting October 5, 2018

See details in article on this page.


Last updated : 29th Oct 2018 15:58 ICT