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Forthcoming West Wales Bridge Events The WBU Western Area have now agreed an online calendar for events for the next three months (these are all Green Pointed). Details can be found on the West Wales website or via the ‘Calendar’ on this site. In summary: Area Open Pairs – Saturday October 10th; Swiss Pairs (Open) – Saturday October 31st; Porthcawl Congress – Thurs, Fri, Sat, Nov 27th. – 29th.

Online Master Points The WBU have now formalised the awarding of Master Points for events run on an Online platform. Basically for Local Points the awards are the same as FtoF bridge at Club level, but there are enhancements for National events. Please see WBU Master-Point-Handbook for details.

WBU Newsletter The WBU are now publishing a Newsletter – the August edition is now available online via this site (Here). 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 September edition – please submit to Laura any articles by the end of August.

Online League The second WBU online league has now been completed. There were some very close finishes, in this extended league (four divisions). The respective winners are (team captains): League 1 – Paul Denning; League 2 – Mike Best; League 3 – David Melville; League 4 – Julie Thomas. For full results WBU Online League (2) Results. A third league is now being organised, with promotion and relegation from the previous divisions – if you are interested in entering a team, please contact Liz Atkinson before Friday 21st. Aug.

In Memoriam  The WBU sadly announce the death of Liam Sheridan on 10th. August; a long-time member of Welsh Bridge, having represented Wales at all levels In Memoriam – Liam Sheridan

Stepbridge – Online Clubs  Following the success of the twice weekly StepBridge competitions, more clubs are enrolling and starting to organise their usual club sessions. Currently 10 clubs are holding events. If your club (or combination of a number of clubs) wish to use StepBridge,  contact StepBridge Support. StepBridge will organise appropriate Director training (one in-flight session is sufficient). Any back-up technical queries can be referred to Tony Haworth or StepBridge support direct.
The WBU Council have now also decided that Online Clubs and recognised tournaments are eligible to award master points (at the usual charge).

 Zoom  The WBU have now purchased a Zoom subscription, primarily for use in online administration in these restricted times. It is also freely available to any member who wishes to organise any WBU online training, conferencing, or other WBU business. Please contact  Neville Richards for details

In Memoriam  It is with great sadness that the WBU announce the death on June 21st. of Geoff Evans, one of the most popular and distinguished  figures in both Welsh Bridge and Cardiff Bridge Club. The follow-up online league will now be renamed in his honour – see  Geoff Evans – In Memoriam

Online League  The initial WBU Online League has now been completed; the winning team is that of Paul Denning. For the final results see Online League – Final Results. In parallel with the League a knock-out competition has been run, and the final is between Paul Denning and Maggie Pierce – best of luck to both teams. The WBU is grateful to Liz Atkinson for organising these events in difficult circumstances.
Liz is intending to continue organising a further online league, but now with more divisions. Any teams wishing to participate should contact –  
Liz Atkinson

Stop-Press – the Knock out has been won by Paul Denning’s team – completing the double.

Online BBO Congresses  The WBU have authorised two online BBO Area Congresses; North Wales – Llandudno Swiss Congress on 4th./5th. July, and East Wales Swiss Congress on 25th./26th. July. See the Area websites for details.

Appointments  The WBU has a new President – Mrs Marie Topp from North Wales. Also Neville Richards has now been re-appointed as acting CEO. These appointments have been ratified by WBU Council, pending the next AGM. Our thanks to the retiring President – David Newman – for all his hard work in very difficult circumstances. The WBU have also appointed a new Web-Administrator – Guy Mortenson, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the site, and in conjunction with a WBU Steering Committee will consider the development of a new modernised site and mobile app. If you have any suggestions please contact the Committee chairman – Simon Gottschalk

Stepbridge  The WBU have now negotiated with StepBridge (Netherlands) to provide the WBU with their online platform at no charge until at least the end of the year. One of the advantages of this platform is that it will enable clubs to hold virtual club sessions, with minimal Director training. In order to familiarise members with the operation of StepBridge, the WBU will be organising twice weekly pairs’ competitions (Wednesday and Sunday). For further details refer to the ‘Online Bridge’ tab or to join StepBridge see StepBridge Registration

BBO Competitions  In the current situation, more and more members are becoming familiar with online bridge, primarily through BBO. To provide members with more involvement with online bridge, two initiatives have been introduced. Liz Atkinson has established an online all-play-all teams’ league, with fourteen teams.. Depending upon future Covid developments, this may be extended to additional teams/leagues. Also the WBU have introduced twice weekly BBO tournaments (7.00 pm. Wednesday and Saturday – being run by the EBU, but primarily intended for Welsh players). You can participate in these by emailing Sarah Amos , and supplying Sarah with your moniker (see side panel advert for further details).

Ron Klinger   – the author of nearly 70 books, columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald (six days a week) and the Sun-Herald for 17 years, Australian Emerald Grand Master, WBF International Master, competitor in 24 World Championships and Asia Pacific Zonal Championships and Commonwealth Nations Teams, is now writing a daily article for the Australian Bridge Federation, and is available to all Bridge Associations. To view, see  Ron Klinger – Bridge Articles

BBO Facilities  With the suspension of normal face-to-face bridge, the WBU are encouraging its members to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by Bridge Base Online. You can play casual or competitive bridge on this platform. A introductory guide is available via Playing Bridge On BBO or through the  ‘Online’ tab.

COVID19 – Cancellation Of Events  Due to the impact from Covid-19, and taking into consideration the advice from both the UK and Welsh authorities, all scheduled Welsh Bridge Union events have now been cancelled until further notice. This immediately includes the Webber Cup, the Teams of Eight, and the Perry/Spickett competitions, together with the WBU AGM scheduled for June. BGB have also cancelled the Lady Milne Ladies Home Internationals.
Since it is expected that events are unlikely to be re-scheduled in the imminent future, members’ annual subscription will remain valid until further notice.

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.

In partnership with the WBU
Online Bridge for club players and clubs wanting their own sessions.

We have progressed well with the roll out of our facility for dedicated Club sessions with close to 1,100 registrations. We still welcome users who wish to familiarise themselves with and experience playing on this platform.
To facilitate this we have scheduled regular tournaments on Sundays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. If you have not participated in previous games please register along with your partner and enjoy the play which will be structured like a normal F2F club session. There will be seven rounds of three boards with competent direction and proper results with full analysis of the hands and bidding emailed to you and published on your dedicated club webpage. Those of you who have played before welcome and please spread the news about how good this is. Many Clubs have now registered and have their own sessions, has yours?
Personal Registration https://www.stepbridge.co.uk
Club Registration https://www.stepbridge.co.uk/club-presence/
Thanks to the generosity of StepBridge International, these and subsequent sessions will be
free of charge until further notice and at least until the year end.
Stage as many Club sessions, pairs or teams as you wish.
Need some help?  Training available and free of charge, full documentation available on request.
Combine with other Clubs – not a problem!
StepBridge Help Videos for PC Users
StepBridge Help Videos for IOS

WBU Master Points Awarded

Want to stage an Area competition or Congress online – No problem just enquire.

Online WBU StepBridge Clubs now at Gwent BA, Mid Glamorgan, Monmouth, Lisvane, Newtown (MWBA combined), Porthcawl, Rhiwbina, Tenby, Wrexham GV.

Any questions please to stepbridge@wbu.org.uk

Next sessions are at 7pm on Sunday 13th September and Monday 14th September and Wednesday 16th September.

StepBridge Tournament Results

Please check with the organiser.

For administrative purposes, the WBU is split into four geographical areas.

EWBAWelsh Feathers MWBA Welsh Feathers NWBA Welsh FeathersWWBA
Welsh Bridge Union Area Association Websites

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