WBU/BBO Tournaments – New for January – The WBU will be holding two new AFTERNOON bridge sessions on BBO; Tuesdays (Matchpointed Pairs) and Fridays (IMPs – Pairs with Teams scoring) at 2pm., commencing Tuesday Jan 26th. These events are for WBU members and their guests. Master points will be issued, and the entry fee will be BBO$2.50. There is no better way to spend a lockdown winter afternoon! Do join us and make this a popular event. It is essential that you pre-register with BBO/WBU (you only need to do this once). To join the tournament, search for ‘wbu_1’.
To see if you are already registered, please view the BBO User Names, otherwise please register by email to WBU Admin providing the following details: ‘BBO User-name’; ‘First Name’; ‘Surname’; ‘WBU/NBO Number’ (this information will not be available to other members).
Camrose – Home Internationals – After the first weekend of this year’s Camrose Home Internationals, Wales are lying third (Ireland in the lead) – all to play for on the second weekend. Results can be viewed via Results – 1st Weekend. The Captains’ reports for both the Welsh and the WBU teams can be viewed at Camrose Reports – 2021 . The selectors have chosen the same teams for the second weekend – Wales – Julian Pottage/Tony Ratcliff; Tony Disley/Adrian Thomas; Dafydd Jones/Adam Dunn; npc – Simon Richards. WBU – Gwynn Davis/Sue Ingham; Mark Roderick/Paddy Murphy; Alan Stephenson/Peter Kaufmann; npc – Lorrie Murphy.
Entry/Payment Forms – Simon Gottschalk has developed a formalised method of entering and paying for Bridge events (BESS – Bridge Entry System Software). It has been successfully used for the WBU trials, and it is now being made available for Areas, National Events, Congresses, at no charge (to Welsh Organisations). These organisations are encouraged to use this ‘easy to use’ system – further details at – BESS and via Simon Gottschalk
European Team Championships (EBL) – The 55th European Teams Chamionships will take place in June in Madeira. The series consists of four events: Open, Ladies, Seniors, and Mixed. The WBU will fund the entry fee and limited expenses for the open team and are considering funding the entry for a 2nd team. The Selectors are inviting ‘expressions of interest’ from suitable pairs. Please contact the Selectors for further information.
In parallel with the Teams Championship, there will be a Ladies Pairs and Seniors Pairs. The WBU would support suitable pairs, but are not offering any funding. Pairs who wish to be considered should contact the Selectors.
For more information on the above see Selectors Blog.
Trials – The WBU Selectors are inviting players for the trials for the Teltscher and Lady Milne competitions. The Teltscher trial is on 23rd – 24th January (RealBridge), and players are requested to use the online entry form – closing date 15th January. The Lady Milne trial is provisional, subject to sufficient entries, and ‘expressions of interest’ should be sent to Simon Gottschalk. The actual events are to be held on the same days (April 16th – 18th), precluding players from participating in both events (but you can enter for both trials). For full details see the Selectors’ Blog.
Welsh & Cambria Competitions 2021– The WBU Welsh and Cambria Cup Competitions for 2020-2021 will initially be held online. There’s an improved format based on regional draws, and the only non-regional travelling will be for the finals later next year. Within regions 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-board stanzas, so you can lose the match, but still win Green points. For event details see Welsh Cup or Cambria Cup or contact the event organiser David Stevenson – the closing date for entries is Feb. 16th.
Online Bridge – Cheating. All NBOs have been requested to publish an open letter from the Nordic Bridge Unions regarding how the major Bridge Federations (WBF, EBL) should be more pro-active in addressing the problems arising from the prevalence of cheating at online bridge. They are requesting a common centralised approach to publicising and combatting the problem. To protect the integrity of the game, the WBU is anxious in exposing this unsavoury aspect of the game. Please read the Report.
Following this, the World Bridge Federation has now writen to all Bridge Unions – WBF Letter, and published a stronger Disciplinary Code
WBU Newsletter The October Edition of the WBU Newsletter is now available. It is also being distributed via WBU MailChimp to registered members and Club Officials. Laura Woodruff is the editor for the Newsletter and would appreciate any items of interest for the December edition – please submit to Laura any articles by the end of October.
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 & the European Bridge League.
For administrative purposes, the WBU is split into four geographical areas.