|WOMEN’S BRIDGE (RealBridge)
Mon. 4th October 2021 – 6.45 pm.
|PREMIER LEAGUE (1) (RealBridge)
Sat. 23rd – Sun. 24th October 2021
Premier League – The dates for the WBU Premier League are now confirmed as 23rd – 24th October and 6th – 7th November (subject to there being an entry of at least four teams).
The sessions will be held F2F at Cardiff Bridge Club. Entries are requested from teams of four, five, or six, using the BESS online entry system on the WBU website. The results of the WBU Premier League will be used as one of the main criteria in selecting the Camrose teams for 2022. Entry will be £400 per team, covering both weekends – please use the Online Entry Form. The closing date for entries is 30th September 2021.
Bridge Podcast – ‘Sorry Partner’ have announced the launch of a weekly podcast about bridge and all things interesting to bridge players, brought to you by bridge partners and friends, Catherine Harris, and Jocelyn Startz. This will include chat with international bridge luminaries and up-and-coming stars, and stories from around the world about the game. In the First Episode, they talk with champion player Giorgia Botta about ‘la dolce vita’ and the blame game; kibitz about their “first time” at a bridge club; and dip into listener mail.
You can subscribe for this ‘fun-time’ on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen: Sorry Partner or Instagram/Facebook or Email
Online League – The 6th Geoff Evans Online League has now completed – Final Results. Congratulations to the Division winners: Div 1 – Mike Tedd, Yuan Shen, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford, Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff; Div 2 – Adrian Thomas’s team; Div 3 – Kevin Maddox’s team; Div 4 – Julie Thomas’s team. Details for League 7 will be posted shortly. Once again – thanks to Liz for organising these events.
Player Profiles – You can now view various statistics and photo profiles of past Welsh International players – Player Archive. The WBU would be grateful if members could supply missing or improved photos for some profiles – please send to WBU Webmaster. (This archive will be permanently available via the side panel on this website).
BridgeWhiz. Exciting news. Please spread the word and help recruit students in the UK for a BridgeWhiz session in the UK. Classes will be held on Thursdays starting on Oct 28th 2021 at 4pm UK time. Use the following link to Register. Free for students 8-18 years.
Post-Covid Bridge – A number of Clubs are now starting to resume their FtoF sessions. The WBU recognises that Clubs need to adapt, but with Clubs varying so much, it feels that they will know their own requirements. However the Swansea Bridge Club has circulated an extensive Restart Protocol, much of it being suitable as a guideline for other Clubs (and Areas). Please read this in conjunction with the previous general WBU Guidelines.
The WBU also recognises there will be many administrative changes in the way Clubs operate (venue, session days, times, teaching facilities, continuance of online bridge, etc.), and in order to keep up-to-date with what’s happening, and to assess the overall impact of these changes, Clubs are asked to advise the WBU of their circumstances; this can be done using the WBU Club Information form. (For current information held, see ‘Club Details’->’Club Information’).
Director Training – The previously advertised courses have had to be re-scheduled due to insufficient numbers – see Course Details for revised details. Three 2-day Basic Courses are re-scehduled, in South, Mid, and North Wales – the Course is intended to train Directors to Area standard. Also a 1-day Advanced Course is planned, probably to be held in South Wales (depending on attendees), (a further Course may be held in Mid or North Wales if there is a demand – please advise) – with experience, this Course should enable Directors to run National events. Interested clubs or individuals are requested to contact the Course Presenter (Tony Haworth), prior to finalising arrangements.
Results Submission – The WBU have now introduced a Form for non-BridgeWebs results submission. Captains of Welsh, Cambria, and Online League are encouraged to use the form, which can be found at ‘Events->Welsh Cup/Cambria Cup’ (and via the side panel), or ‘Online Bridge->Online League’, or ‘Results->Submission Form’.
Other relevant event organisers who wish to use the form please contact WBU Webmaster.
Gold Cup – It’s time to enter Great Britain’s Premier teams event – the Gold Cup. The inital rounds will be online (non-regionalised), but the following rounds will be FtoF – government restrictions permitting (or online if both teams prefer). Entries must be submitted before September 30th See Details.
KEEP BRIDGE ALIVE
The Welsh Bridge Union (WBU) is a membership-funded organisation committed to promoting the game of duplicate bridge. It is also the National Bridge Organisation for Wales recognised by, and affiliated to the World Bridge Federation and the European Bridge League.
For administrative purposes, the WBU is split into four geographical areas.