Welcome to the National Bridge Organisation for Wales website
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: the East, the Mid, the North and the West. We have a CEO but there are no full-time officers of the Union and much of the work is done by elected officials for a token honorarium. The President is elected for a period of one year and this honour rotates around the areas in sequence.
All Welsh Bridge Union affiliated clubs welcome new members. Playing bridge improves concentration and helps memory retention which is an important part of the health and well being of all players but of particular benefit to the older age group. Playing bridge is a social event – particularly important to many widowed, elderly people and single people living alone.
Laws and Ethics Committee
The Laws and Ethics committee of the Welsh Bridge Union is the national authority for the game of duplicate contract bridge in Wales, when played under the auspices of the WBU. It has three principal functions: it is the final WBU appeal body for appeals arising under the laws of the game; it is the principal disciplinary body of the WBU, hearing complaints against members. Current members are Alan Screen and Mike Tedd.
The Welsh Bridge Union selection committee is responsible for all aspects of Wales’s international representation. It determines the format of trial matches to assist in choosing teams for major international championships such as the European Championship competed for bi-annually and for the annual home international series involving England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Éire. The home internationals are known as the Camrose (Open) and the Lady Milne (Women). The current chairman is Paul Denning, other selectors are Gwynn Davis, Jean Hand, and Tony Disley.
Further information to be used on Club listings welcomed. Competition details with brochures happily published on the Events Calendar.
Explore the Welsh Bridge Union Web Pages
using the WBU Web Portal links below
Welsh Bridge Union Education & Club liaison
Welsh Bridge Union Selection Blog
Welsh Bridge Union Free Websites for WBU Clubs
An Editor for the WBU magazine urgently required. Please contact Alan Stephenson or Neville Richards.
WBU Autumn Sims Winners
Monday – Tony Davies & Andy Fryer – Rhayader
Tuesday – Andrea Knox & Paddy Murphy – Ynys Mon
Wednesday – Chris Blackman & Les Mann – Castle (Welshpool)
Thursday – Alan Screen & Geoff Fielding – Newtown
Friday – Tony Campbell & Simon Brindle – Penarth
Grateful thanks to our expert commentators who generously and freely gave of their own time to support this event
Laura Woodruff, Mike Close, Patrick Shields, Gwynn Davis, Susan Ingham, Tony Disley & Mike Tedd,
Participating Clubs Monday were :- Castle (Welshpool), Gwent Bridge Academy, Crickhowell, Haverfordwest, Port Talbot, Rhayder & Vale of Glamorgan
Participating Clubs Tuesday were :- Barrivale, Brecon, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Lampeter, Mold, Pembroke, Pencoed, Ynys Mon, Lusaka (Zambia) & Swanage (England)
Participating Clubs Wednesday were :- Bridgend, Cardigan, Castle (Welshpool), Llanfairfechan, Newport-Dinas, Pwllheli, Swansea & Tenby
Participating Clubs Thursday were :- Aberaeron, Abergavenny, Llandrindod Wells, Llanelli, Mid-Glamorgan, Newtown, Porthcawl & Wrexham
Participating Clubs Friday were :- ABC(Cymru), Aberystwyth, Knighton, Llandybie & Penarth
A total of 425 pairs from 38 Clubs whom we thank for showing their support for the Welsh Bridge Union and the Welsh Air Ambulance. Scored by Ecats where the full results may be viewed. Website Link (opens in a new page)
Congratulations to Ann Slee & Viv Mably
Winners of the WBU Ladies Pairs at Crossgates
Congratulations to Gilly Clench, Laura Woodruff, Beth Wennell & Mia Deschepper
Winners of the WBU Women’s Teams at Crossgates
Congratulations to Mike Pownall, Mia Deschepper, Steve Webb & Helen Houston
Winners at the EBU Northern Midweek Congress at Harrogate
WELSH CUP WINNERS – Team Kurbalija
Filip Kurbalija, Diane Kurbalija, Patrick Shields, Paul Denning
CAMBRIA CUP WINNERS – Team Murphy
Paddy Murphy, Liz Commins, David Stevenson, Chris Pope
Teams of Eight Winners – Team Bridgend
70th Anniversary Celebration of the European Bridge League.
Representatives of the eight countries who founded the EBL, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, & Great Britain (which is now sub divided into Scotland, England & Wales). Pictured in the group is Paul Denning representing Wales at the 70th Anniversary Celebration of the European Bridge League.