Camrose – The Camrose Home Internationals resume on March 5th, with the Welsh Team in third position. The selectors have retained the teams from the first 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. For all the tournament details see Camrose Information. Spectators can view the play (delayed feed), and see the up-to-date scores via Kibitz link.
WBU National Pairs – The WBU National Pairs (Green Pointed) will take place on Sunday 14th March on BBO, starting at 11.00 am. The entry fee is £10 per player. Please use the online Entry Form
Monica Garbett-Edwards (Randles). We are saddened to hear that Monica recently passed-away (Feb 12th). She was a prodigy of Jessie Newton, with whom she was a regular partner in the Welsh International Ladies Teams, during the 1970’s and 80’s. Photo of Monica in the Lady Milne Team (pictured to the right of the team captain Dr. Arwyn Evans) – St. Bride’s Hotel – Saundersfoot 1981. Following her illustrious playing career, she was Secretary to the WBU selectors as well undertaking various roles within the North Wales Bridge Association. A keen member of Newtown Bridge Club, she ended her bridge career some 6 or 7 years ago, shortly before leaving the Area to join her sister at the family home in Rossett. We offer our condolences.
BBO Intercity League – for a number of years a group of Welsh players have participated in the BBO Intercity League (Tonci Radelja). The league restarts next month, and enties are being sought by the European organisers. The WBU is encouraging teams to enter (no fees, no prizes) – why not try playing against some European teams (variable standard). For full details see Selectors Blog
Welsh & Cambria Cups – There has been considerable criticism regarding the format for this year’s Welsh and Camria Cup events. Comments have been noted, and the organiser is requesting that intended entrants give their views, via response to a Questionnaire – please make the effort to answer this, whereby the WBU can optimise the competitions in-line with your preferences. The original entry closing-date has now been deferred to 31st March.
Realbridge – The WBU and a number of Clubs are now using RealBridge for their tournaments, and it is also now available for ‘social bridge’ – with the added optional functionality of audio and video. A number of players have already been trained on the Administration and Directing. You can purchase a session for your own RealBridge match for £6 per table for up to 32 boards, or £10 per table for unlimited boards, payable in advance to the WBU. Please book your RealBridge session at least 24 hours in advance by emailing Ceri. The match organiser will be emailed links and instructions on the day of the match, to enable you to set-up and start when you wish. Then email your players the player link for them to join at the appropriate time. Give it a whirl.
WBU Newsletter – The January issue of the WBU Newsletter 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 March edition – please submit to Laura any articles by the end of February.
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 second 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.
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.