WOMEN'S WORLD BRIDGE FESTIVAL (JAMBOREE)
BANGKOK, THAILAND. January 22-26, 2011
The Thailand Women’s Bridge Festival was organized to encourage women bridge players from all over the world to come together, make new friends, enjoy good bridge as well as visit some of the beautiful sites of Bangkok and the countryside during Thailand’s best season.
The women participants came from 9 countries – Argentina, Barbados, India, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and USA. They enjoyed the very full program of activities with daily tours in the mornings (Jim Thompson’s Thai House and Museum, Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and bridge in the afternoons from 15.00 – 10.30 p.m. except for a one whole day tour to Suphanburi Province where the Provincial Governor laid out the red carpet. Besides visits to the National Heritage Sarm Chook Market, the Buffalo Farm where there were demonstrations of buffalos at work, buffalo rides, rice planting and a wedding ceremony, the visitors visited the giant dragon and the history of the Chinese in Suphan, and were treated to a special Thai cultural show and dinner in the gardens of a beautiful Thai house hosted by the Governor of the Province.
Bridge events included 3 Sessions of Women’s Pairs, 1 Individual Women’s Tournament and 2 Open events – Social Pairs and the Open Pairs . 92 local bridge players also participated. Anthony Ching, a member of the Asia Pacific Bridge Federation Council and the Chief Tournament Director was also in charge of the Daily Bulletins.
The Organizing Committee would like to thank all participants who were very friendly, appreciative, and joined in all the activities with great humor and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to see that Bridge, this fascinating and challenging sport, has brought together women from so many parts of the world to meet, have fun, and play bridge in a spirit of friendliness.
We hope that all participants have returned to their countries with wonderful memories and promote not only Thailand, but the game of Bridge !!
Esther C. Sophonpanich
Chairman of the Organizing Committee and
President, Asia Pacific Bridge Federation