Online League – The current Geoff Evans Online League is nearing completion – latest results. The next session is now being planned and new or existing teams should submit entries to Liz Atkinson before December 5th. For further details see Online League – 4th. Session.
Tollemache – The EBU’s qualifier for the prestigious inter-county teams of eight took place this weekend on RealBridge. With only eight teams qualifying, unfortunately Wales’s only representative – East Wales – failed to qualify in a very strong field. For the full results see Tollemache Results
PORTHCAWL CONGRESS – This year’s Porthcawl Congress will be held from Friday 27th November to Sunday 29th November on BBO – brochure. The programme of events is as extensive as ever, with Green Points (at the National Scale), being awarded for both the major Pairs and Teams events. Also there are subsidiary Mixed, Mens, Ladies, and Novice Pairs events. Please enter directly via the online entry form, or address any queries to Irene Thomas.
Camrose Selection – The WBU Selectors have now chosen the teams for the forthcoming Camrose matches: Wales – Julian Pottage/Tony Ratcliff; Tony Disley/Adrian Thomas; Dafydd Jones/Adam Dunn; NPC – Simon Richards. In addition Wales will be fielding a WBU team of Gwynn Davis/Sue Ingham; Mark Roderick/Paddy Murphy; Alan Stephenson/Peter Kaufmann.
Webmaster – Guy Mortenson who was previously appointed as the WBU Webmaster has now relinquished the position due to personal reasons. The WBU have now appointed Tony Haworth as the replacement Webmaster. Any relevant information (in particular ‘News’ and ‘Calendar’ additions/changes) should be sent via Webmaster
Lady Milne and Teltscher The English team won both the Lady Milne and Teltscher home internationals, but the Welsh Ladies must be congratulated on their second place – team: Gilly Clench/Maggie Pierce; Ceri Pierce/Mia Deschepper; Sarah Amos/Andrea Knox; (npc Tony Disley). The final results for the events can be viewed at Lady Milne Results and Teltscher Results. You can view the captains’ reports at Lady Milne Report or Teltscher Report.
Our President – Marie Topp – sends her congratulations to the Ladies team on their excellent performance.
Obituary – MIKE HIRST It is with sadness we hear of the loss of Mike Hirst – aged 86. A giant in the Welsh Bridge world, Mike had an illustrious Camrose career, winning forty two Welsh Caps with several partners. Very well known, he really was a larger than life character. He had been a member of Cardiff Bridge club for almost sixty years. Also in his earlier days Mike had been a fine golfer. He will be much missed. Our deepest condolences go to Ann. Obituary
WBU Newsletter The October Edition of the 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 December edition – please submit to Laura any articles by the end of October.
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
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).
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
Following the AGM – the WBU welcomes Ceri Pierce as the new CEO of the WBU. She will be ably supported by Neville during the initial stages
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.