CONGRESS (SWISS PAIRS)
Sat 10th – Sun 11th July
WBU TEAMS of EIGHT
Sun 27th June 2021
Women’s Bridge – Gilly Clench is organising a monthly RealBridge competition exclusively for women. Initially it will be x-imp pairs competitions (i.e. pairs playing a teams game), but in time she may try teams. The events will be held on the first Monday of the month – starting July 5th – 7.00pm. For further details and how to participate see Women’s Bridge
World Bridge Teams Championship Qualifier – Expressions of interest are invited from Pairs interested in representing Wales in the EBL online Qualifier for the World Teams Championships between August 23rd and August 28th 2021 – Open, Mixed, Womens, and Seniors. The event will be held online using Realbridge. The WTC will be held in Feb/March 2022. Please email Ceri or Selectors. For further details see WTC – EBL Qualifiers
BAMSA – Bridge: A MindSport are holding a four-day international virtual conference from Monday 28th June – Thursday 1st July, during which various aspects of bridge will be discussed. The conference aims to inspire and enable the bridge community to actively promote bridge in society, by sharing ideas, reviewing best practice, and focusing on solutions. Topics include ‘Future of Bridge’, ‘Bridge and Wellbeing’, ‘Recruiting and Teaching’, ‘Inclusive Bridge’…. See Conference Details
Neville Richards – At the recent AGM our President Marie Topp, announced that the WBU were awarding Honorary Life Membership to Neville Richards. Neville has been President, Chief Executive, and Webmaster for the Welsh Bridge Union for many years, and also the Welsh representative on the BGB committee. In addition to his services to the WBU he has been the driving force behind the development of bridge within the Mid-Wales Area (he would have been proud of their win in this year’s Perry Shield). He has recently moved to Gloucester, but fully intends to maintain his links with the WBU. We wish him all the best.
Bridge – Post Covid – As we start to think about our first tentative steps in returning to FtoF Bridge, the WBU have issued a number of guidelines, for both Clubs and the National body. These include recommended resources for Clubs, and Government guidelines. It is important that players and administrators view these at Restart Post Covid
Member Suspension – The WBU Laws & Ethics Committee has recently suspended a WBU member, following an incident in an Area Competition. For further details refer to ‘Laws/Ethics’->’Disciplinary Rulings’
Welsh & Cambria Cups – The draw for these competitions is now published – Welsh Cup – Cambria Cup. Please note that the first round matches must be completed by early July; the finals of these events are scheduled for end of November. All matches are to be played online. These events are “double elimination”, so you can lose one match and still be in the competition.The progress of these events can be viewed from the ‘Events’ tab on this website.
Realbridge – All the latest news from RealBridge. “Why Realbridge?” “Where Can I Play?” “How Do I……?” (for players, clubs, administrators, directors). An up-to-date comprehensive guide – RealBridge
WBU Newsletter – The April issue of the WBU Newsletter is now available (or read via Flip-Book). 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 August edition – please submit articles to Laura by the end of July.
Subscriptions – Members have had a WBU subscription ‘holiday’ since April 2020, resulting in a significant depletion of the WBU reserves. To ensure that the WBU successfully emerges from the pandemic, and can resume FtoF bridge as near normal as possible, we request that for the new Year (from April 1st), members renew their subscriptions, at the reduced level of £10, (together with the associated Area subscriptions; MWBA NWBA EWBA – £2, WWBA – temporary concession). 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 & the European Bridge League.
For administrative purposes, the WBU is split into four geographical areas.