|LADY MILNE TRIALS
Jan 22nd– 23rd
Jan 29th– 30th
WELSH & CAMBRIA COMPETITIONS
Closing Date for Entries – January 25th
Lady Milne Trials – Congratulations to Joan Marray and Andrea Knox on winning the Lady Milne trials. They, together with two other pairs will represent Wales in the Lady Milne in April. Since this is Wales’ home match, the Selectors will also be choosing a WBU team from the trialists. See Full Results
Welsh & Cambria Competitions 2022 – The WBU Welsh and Cambria Cup competitions for 2022 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-board stanzas, so you can lose the match, but still win Green Points. For event details and entry forms, see Welsh Cup or Cambria Cup, or contact the event organiser Jean Hand – the closing date for both entries is Tuesday 25th January.
East Wales Congress – The ever popular East Wales Congress (Green Pointed) will be held on 19th – 20th February on RealBridge. The format will be Swiss Pairs on the Saturday, and Swiss Teams on the Sunday. See Poster and BESS Entry Form
Filip’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 25th January at 2pm at Thornhill Crematorium Cardiff. It is a small private service for invited family and close friends only. Please no flowers, but donations to the RSPB. Pat Shields is organising a memorial online bridge event – more details to follow. Diane expresses her thanks for all the warm tributes and many messages of sympathy.
Junior’s Event – the second annual online (RealBridge) pairs event for juniors, will this year be hosted by England on behalf of BGB. The home nations event will take place on Sunday 20th March, with free entry. Depending on numbers, there will be two separate events – Under 26 (for the Liz McGowan trophy) and Under 21 (for the Paul Porteous trophy).
It is hoped to be able to present these in person the next time a home international event is held in the country of the winning pair. Mixed pairs of U21 and U26 are welcome but will be expected to play in the U26 category.
If you would like to enter, please contact Charlie via phone 01296 317203 or email EBU Competitions.
Online League – the 7th Geoff Evans Online League has now completed – Final Results. Congratulations to the Division winners: Div 1 – Mike Tedd, John Salisbury, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford, Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff; Div 2 – Gilly Clench’s team; Div 3 – David Melville’s team; Div 4 – Jennifer Wardell’s team. Session 8 will run from 1st February to 30th June. To enter a team please email Liz Atkinson. Once again our thanks to Liz for organising this popular event.
Camrose – After the first weekend of the Camrose trophy, England have a comfortable lead, with Wales in a respectable third place. Full results can be found at RealBridge Results (Match 5). The location for the second weekend (March) as yet is undecided (Edinburgh or RealBridge).
Filip Kurbalija – It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Filip Kurbalija aged 67, following a brief illness. Filip had an outstanding record representing Wales over four decades both in Home Internationals (55 Camrose and 4 Teltscher ‘caps’), and European Championships (5 ‘caps’). He was a tower in Welsh bridge and had won every Welsh national tournament many times over, as well as having success in major English events. Fil was a hugely respected member of the bridge world and will be missed by his many friends. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife and bridge partner, Diane. Please view Obituary (Jeremy Dhondy) and Obituary (Pat Shields)
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.
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.