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UK Weekly Tournaments
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StepBridgeUK – many of you are still enjoying the four weekly StepBridgeUK tournaments. Following consultations with members, there are a number of changes as we enter the second year of operation – a) £50 monthly prizes; b) Master Points being awarded (from 1st. May); c) slight tournament changes to the Friday events (reverting to matchpoints rather than x-imps). The even better news is that table-monies are being retained at £1 per session. See the StepBridgeUK notice board for details.
New members always welcome.
WBF Womens Bridge – the WBF are holding a Women’s Online Spring Festival on BBO (sponsors) from April 10th – 16th. Up to seven tournaments per day with numberous prizes. See WBF/BBO Women’s Bridge for details.
World TransNational Open Teams – the WBF are holding the event in Marrakech from 28th Aug – 2nd Sept. Players from different nationalities are invited to enter (…but there is no funding available from the WBU). See Event Details and Accommodation Details, or see Simon Richards’ article on the event WBU Forum – Selector’s Resumé
Subscriptions – the WBU would like to remind all members that WBU subsriptions are due from April 1st. The fees are: – £15 via an affiliated Club (incl Area Subscription); – £20 Direct Membership; – £1 Juniors (under 25). Please use the Online Renewal Form. Alternatively send directly to WBU Membership Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org with payment via cheque or BACS .
New members can join by submitting a 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.
Juniors – Bridge4Schools is holding its first Spring Camp since Covid in Shropshire in the Easter Holidays over the weekend of the 15th and 16th April. Its aim is to teach bridge and to provide competition for Young People between the ages of 8 and 21. Take your children or grand-children; they will have a great time. You can play socially, enter competitions or leave them and have a day out. See Junior Bridge Camp for more details.
Lady Milne Trials – following the Lady Milne trials, the following team has been selected to represent Wales in Scotland (21st – 23rd April): Gilly Clench & Aida Aris; Ceri Pierce & Mia Deschepper; Joan Marray & Jo Copping; npc. Maggie Pierce. Final Rankings. For detailed results see the WBU Results site.
Talking Bridge – the WBU have launched a new initiative, whereby a team of experienced players can visit Clubs to give presentations on various selected Bridge topics. This will be done as a service to its members with no fee being charged. Presentations will be at a time mutually agreed between a Club and the presenter – for full details on how Clubs can avail themselves of these talks, see “Talking Bridge”
Newspage – our President – Gilly – has now published her third WBU Newsletter – Newspage 3. In this issue, Gilly discusses the benefits of WBU membership, and what the WBU does for its members.
(You can also view via the WBU Forum, and when registered you can add any thoughts or comments – WBU Forum (General Discussion)).
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.
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.
EWBA MWBA NWBA WWBA
Welsh Bridge Union Area Association Websites