Sun 16th May 2021
WBU WELSH CUP
WBU CAMBRIA CUP
EWBA AGM – The East Wales Bridge Association are holding their AGM on Sunday 25th April (Zoom). This will be followed by the Arthur James (Green Pointed pairs), and the Beatus Cup for less experienced players (BBO). These events are restricted to EWBA members. To attend and participate see Details .
Home Internationals – The Lady Milne and Teltscher Internationals are being played next weekend (April 16th – 18th) on RealBridge – hosted by Northern Ireland. Wales are represented by: Lady Milne – Ceri Pierce & Mia Deschepper; Gilly Clench & Aida Aris; Margaret Lane & Lee Collier (npc. Tony Disley): Teltscher Trophy – Maggie Pierce & David McAndrew; Paul Denning & Paul Lamford; Alan Stephenson & Peter Kaufmann (npc. Paddy Murphy). We wish them every success. Information and results can be found on the NIBU Website. Spectators can view the play (delayed feed) via Kibitz link.
NWBA/Laszlo – The North Wales Bridge Association is running its annual Green Pointed Championship Pairs (Laszlo Cup) over three Thursdays – April 8th, 15th, 22nd. The event will be run on BBO, and is restricted to NWBA members. See Details & Entry Form.
EBL Women – The 2021 April information letter from the EBL Women’s Committee is now available – EBL Women’s Newsletter. This contains information on the cancellation of the European Teams Championships (Madeira) and the re-scheduled qualification for the World Championships.
RealBridge/Andrew Robson – Take part in a free event arranged by Andrew Robson in conjunction with RealBridge. You will play four boards selected by Andrew, giving his expert insight into one of the boards, and access to his analysis of all four boards. The three dates and topics for your diary are 3.00pm. Thursday 8th April – Splinters; 3.00pm. Wednesday 14th April – Fourth Suit Forcing; 3.00pm. Wednesday 21st April – Counting & Card Placement. Please register by emailing WBU Information, with subject ‘Robson’. You will be emailed a joining link on the day of the event. You can then login from 2.30pm. onwards, using your real name and WBU number; then seat yourself at any free table. (You can test your connection to RealBridge in advance via Real Bridge Test Link).
For general RealBridge information, see RealBridge
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
Welsh & Cambria Cups – Following the response to the questionnaire, the formats for both the Welsh and Cambria Cups have been revised – Welsh Cup, Cambria Cup. The events will now be held online throughout (including the finals), and the draw will not be regionalised. The entry closing date has been extended to April 4th. Entries already accepted may be amended or withdrawn – contact David Stevenson.
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
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.
For more about RealBridge, see RealBridge
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 April edition – please submit articles to Laura by the end of March.
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.