WBU News


West Wales Swiss PairsThe West Wales Bridge Association is holding its 3rd. annual Swiss Pairs Championship on Saturday 31st. October 2020, on StepBridge. This is a Green Pointed event, open to any WBU member. Entry fee is £6 per player, playing about 42-48 boards. Pre-registration and entry is essential, as is some previous experience of StepBridge play. Full entry details can be found on the West Wales bridge site, or alternatively please contact the acting T.O. Anthony Stevens

Internationals – This year’s delayed Lady Milne and Teltscher (Senior’s Camose) events, will now be run online (RealBridge) on 30/31st. October & 1st. November. The WBU has retained the team previously selected for the Lady Milne – Gilly Clench/Maggie Pierce; Ceri Pierce/Mia Deschepper; Sarah Amos/Andrea Knox; (npc Tony Disley). The Teltscher team is – Alan Stephenson/Paul Denning; Filip/Diane Kurbalija; Barry Jones/Bob Pitts (npc Paddy Murphy). For further details see – Selectors’ Blog

Bridge International Championship There is an exciting new online event – the Bridge International Championship to be played from 26th. October to 1st. November on BBO and FunBridge which can be entered by bridge players of all abilities … from newcomers to experts, anyone can join in. Presentation – Bridge International Championship 2020

StepBridge/Bridgewebs Bridgewebs have now provided a facility whereby the results from a StepBridge tournament can be uploaded and then displayed in the usual Bridgewebs Results window. The uploaded results also show the player’s real names rather than their monikers (there is some preliminary Bridgewebs set-up required). For details see StepBridge/Bridgewebs

Online Master Points The WBU has 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. 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 announces 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 announces 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 – 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 intends to organise a further online league, but 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.

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 the 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 has 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 develop a new modernised site and mobile app. If you have any suggestions please contact the Committee Chairman – Simon Gottschalk

Stepbridge The WBU has 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 has introduced twice weekly BBO tournaments (7.00 pm. Wednesdays and Saturdays- 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 this 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 Because of 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. Immediately this 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.

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

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