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Teltscher Trials – players are invited to enter the WBU PAIRS TRIAL for the 2023 Teltscher Trophy taking place in Wales next May in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Newport. Should you qualify to represent either Wales or the WBU in this event there are additional hotel costs of £330 per player. The trials will take place over the weekend of 4th & 5th February 2023 at the Commodore Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.The entry fee is £100 per pair, and the Commodore Hotel are offering discounted hotel accommodation.The closing date for entries is 31st December 2022. More details are on the Entry form.
Lady Milne Trials – pairs are now invited to enter the WBU Trials for the 2023 LADY MILNE taking place in Scotland next April. The PAIRS TRIAL will take place over the weekend of 21st & 22nd January 2023 at the Commodore Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. The entry fee is £100 per pair, and the Commodore Hotel are offering discounted hotel accommodation. The revised closing date for entries is 24th December 2022. More details are on the Entry Form.
Down Under/Up Over – RealBridge are looking for players to represent UK and Ireland against Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, on Tuesday 6th. December at 8.00 am. Duplicate Pairs; free entry; three classifications of pairs – High Level (county level+), Club, Beginners – Details. If you are interested in playing against players from the other side of the world, please email Brian Quinlan.
Hirst Kurbalija Swiss Teams – Cardiff Bridge Club is proud to present the first Hirst Kurbalia Teams Competition, in memory of Mike and Filip who brought such honour and distinction to CBC, Bridge in Wales, and most importantly to themselves. The event is on January 15th – see Event Details and Entry Form
Welsh & Cambria Competitions 2023 – The WBU Welsh and Cambria Cup competitions for 2023 will initially be held online. The draw will be done on a National basis, and the only non-regional travelling may be for the finals later in the year (undecided as to whether these will be online or FtoF). A ‘double elimination’ system will operate, ensuring any team must lose two matches before being eliminated. There are generous Green Point awards, based on the result of 8/10-board stanzas, so you can lose the match, but still win Green Points. For event details and entry forms, see Welsh Cup – 2023 or Cambria Cup – 2023, or contact the event organiser Simon Gottschalk – the closing date for both events is December 31st.
Camrose Team – The selectors have announced the team for the first Camrose weekend in Belfast – Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff; John Salisbury & Tim Rees; Gwynn Davis & Sue Ingham; npc. Paul Denning. (for full details see Selectors’ Bulletin).
The team for the second weekend will be selected later.
Directors’ Courses – now that many Clubs are resuming ‘normal activities’ there have been a few enquiries about the availability of Director Courses. The WBU run a basic 2-day course, but in order to make this viable we need a few attendees. It is hoped to run a course in Cardiff in the near future (date tba), so any further people interested in attending please contact Tony Haworth (email@example.com).
Bridge Classes – Cardiff Bridge Club are now offering courses to beginners of all ages. The tutors are both experienced bridge players and qualified bridge teachers dedicated to helping you achieve your goal of becoming an active participant in your local bridge playing community. For full details see Beginners’ Course Flyer
Regulations – the EBU has made changes to its Regulations (which the WBU automatically follows). The revised full set of Regulations can be viewed on this website (->Directing/Scoring->Documents->Publications) or via Publications.
The ‘Blue Book’ covers Regulations regarding systems, conventions, alerting etc. and Club players are expected to comply with the simpler concepts. A simple summary of the relevant changes can be viewed at – Blue Book Changes – Simplified. A copy of this summary will be sent to all Club secretaries.
The ‘White Book’ deals with more technical issues, and is only suitable for senior Directors and the L&E Committee.
The ‘Sky Blue Book’ dealing with online bridge, has now been incorporated into the Blue Book.
(Directors are requested to be tolerant to mistakes over the next few months).
If you have any concerns or queries please use the relevant board on the WBU Forum.
WBU Forum – have your say – the WBU have now introduced a Members’ Forum, whereby you can express your views on anything to do with Bridge or the WBU. See How To Use & Register and then visit the Forum. (Details also on the menu bar or side bar). Y Ddraig goch ddyry cychwyn – The Red Dragon leads the way.
Subscriptions – the WBU would like to remind all members that WBU subsriptions are due from April 1st. The fee has been maintained at pre-pandemic level – £10, (all areas are temporarily suspending their subscriptions). Members can renew via their affiliated Clubs (where permitting) as in previous years, but recognising the practicalities in doing this prior to a return to ‘normal’ Club activity, they can alternatively use the personal online Renewal Form. For more information, please refer to Membership Details. Also for the numerous visitors that our online Clubs have welcomed, we would encourage them to apply for permanent WBU membership via the WBU Application Form (members who joined after Jan 1st will have their membership automatically renewed at no charge). Clubs can also submit a bulk membership renewal on behalf of their members – Bulk Renewals via Club.
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.