NEWS ARCHIVE – 2021

Geoff Evans Online League – The current Geoff Evans Online League Session 5 has now been completed – Final Results. Congratulations to Paul Denning, Richard Plackett, Gary Watson, Richard Chamberlain on winning Division 1; Maggie Pierce’s team for Division 2; David Smith’s team for Division 3; and Linda Pinnock’s team for Division 4. The next session is now being planned, and new or existing teams should submit entries to Liz Atkinson.
5.5.21

WWBA AGM – West Wales will be holding their AGM on Sunday 9th May – 10.00am. via Zoom. This will be followed at 11.00 am. by the John Isaac Cup (Green Pointed), and the Ann Dolan Cup (for less experienced players – both on BBO. See posters and entry forms (JI) or (AD), and then follow the joining instructions (JI) or (AD).
2.5.21

NWBA AGM – North Wales will be holding their AGM on Sunday 9th May – 11.00am. For Zoom link details, please email NWBA Secretary. This will be followed at 12.00 am. by a one session Green Pointed x-imp pairs (BBO). See the North Wales website for Registration Details.
2.5.21

WWBA Mixed Pairs – West Wales will be holding their annual Area Mixed Pairs competition (Ossie Evans) on Sun 2nd May on BBO. For more information and entry form, see Details. You need to pre-register for this event, and then follow the Joining Instructions.
22.4.21

Home Internationals – Congratulations to England on winning the Lady Milne Trophy, and to Ireland for their resounding triumph in the Teltscher Trophy (Seniors) – both events played on RealBridge. The full results for these events can be viewed at Home International Results.
19.4.21

EWBA AGM – The East Wales Bridge Association are holding their AGM on Sunday 25th April (11.00am. Zoom). This will be followed (1.00pm) by the Arthur James (Green Pointed pairs), and the Beatus Cup for less experienced players – both on BBO – free entry. These events are restricted to EWBA members. To participate see Details .
14.4.21

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.
12.4.21

RealBridge – Of the many numerous Online Bridge platforms, RealBridge was developed in the UK, and has fast become one of the ‘market-leaders’. You can read about its development, history, and future intentions at Making it Real
7.4.21

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.
5.4.21

National Pairs – Congratulations to Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff on winning the WBU National Pairs. National Pairs Results.
14.3.21

 Wrexham Congress – The North Wales Bridge Association are running their annual Spring Congress on Saturday March 27th (Swiss Pairs) and Sunday March 28th (Swiss Teams). The event is being held on BBO; for full details, and entry form see Wrexham Congress.
23.3.21

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
2.4.21

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.
8.3.21

 WBU National Pairs – The WBU National Pairs (Green Pointed) will take place on Sunday 14th March on BBO, starting at 11.00 am. The entry fee is £10 per player. Please use the online Entry Form. Prior to the event please see Joining Instructions
16.2.21

Camrose – The Camrose Home Internationals resume on March 5th, with Wales in third position. The selectors have retained the teams from the first weekend: Wales – Julian Pottage/Tony Ratcliff; Tony Disley/Adrian Thomas; Dafydd Jones/Adam Dunn; npc – Simon Richards. WBU – Gwynn Davis/Sue Ingham; Mark Roderick/Paddy Murphy; Alan Stephenson/Peter Kaufmann; npc – Lorrie Murphy. For all the tournament details and up-to-date scores, see Camrose Information and Results. Spectators can view the play (delayed feed) via Kibitz link.
Latest News – Wales maintained their 3rd position from the first weekend, England being the outright winners. A very creditable performance.
27.2.21

Seminars – This week’s free WBU seminar will be presented on Thursday 11th March at 2.30 pm. and repeated at 4.30 pm. The topic is ‘Roman Keycard Blackwood’. Suitable for average Club players, and also some ‘experts’ may find it useful – hope to see you there. (Please note this is the final seminar in this first series of talks). For details see Seminar Information
(If you don’t have the Zoom app installed on your computer use this direct Zoom Link, and for general assistance refer to Zoom Guidelines)
7.3.21

Monica Garbett-Edwards (Randles). We are saddened to hear that Monica recently passed-away (Feb 12th). She was a prodigy of Jessie Newton, with whom she was a regular partner in the Welsh International Ladies Teams, during the 1970’s and 80’s. Photo of Monica in the Lady Milne Team (pictured to the right of the team captain Dr. Arwyn Evans) – St. Bride’s Hotel – Saundersfoot 1981. Following her illustrious playing career, she was Secretary to the WBU selectors as well undertaking various roles within the North Wales Bridge Association. A keen member of Newtown Bridge Club, she ended her bridge career some 6 or 7 years ago, shortly before leaving the Area to join her sister at the family home in Rossett. We offer our condolences.
19.2.21

WWBA Mixed Pairs – West Wales Bridge Association will be holding their Area Mixed Pairs (Ossie Evens Trophy) on Sunday 28th February. See Poster. The event will be run on StepBridge, and if not already done so, you need to be registered with WWBA ‘Club’ (contact Tony Haworth). The entry fee is £6 per person, with prizes for the leading pairs. Please submit your entry via the online Entry Form – your email receipt will give more details on how to join the event.
17.2.21

East Wales Congress – In a well attended Congress, our congratulations to Alan & Jette Bailey on winning the Swiss Pairs (Results); and to Fiona Brown, Helen Erichsen, Ollie Burgess, Alan Cook on their triumph in the Swiss Teams (Results).
21.2.21

Seminars – Due to some players experiencing Zoom problems or being unable to attend last week’s seminar on Negative Doubles, as a one-off, the seminar will be re-repeated on Tues. 23rd Feb. at 2.30 pm. – see Seminar Information for joining details, or if you don’t have the Zoom app installed on your computer use this direct Zoom Link For general assistance refer to Zoom Guidelines)
19.2.21

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
11.2.21

WBU/BBO Tournaments – The WBU are making changes to the running of their BBO/WBU weekly tournaments. Due to clashes with other events, we are now reverting to one tournament per week, by cancelling Friday and Tuesday events, and introducing a Saturday afternoon event. The last Tuesday event will be held next week (16th February), and the Saturday events will commence 27th February. Come along for these friendly, and yet competitive events – 2.00 pm. start, 21/22 boards. For full registration, and tournament details, see Tournament Details.
It is essential that you pre-register with BBO/WBU (you only need to do this once). To see if you are already registered, please view the BBO User Names, otherwise please register by email to WBU Admin providing the following details: ‘BBO User-name’; ‘First Name’; ‘Surname’; ‘WBU/NBO Number’ (this information will not be available to other members).
9.2.21/11.2.21

Welsh & Cambria Cups – There has been considerable criticism regarding the format for this year’s Welsh and Camria Cup events. Comments have been noted, and the organiser is requesting that intended entrants give their views, via response to a Questionnaire – please make the effort to answer this, whereby the WBU can optimise the competitions in-line with your preferences. The original entry closing-date has now been deferred to 31st March.
30.1.21

 Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer – This weekend the SBU will be hosting the Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer competitions on RealBridge. The Welsh teams are: Juniors (under 26) – Stephen Loat & Iwan Williams; Soozy Neson & Mel Thomas; (npc. Gilly Clench – she would have loved to play but narrowly missed the age limit): Peggy Bayer (under 20) – Sophie Akers & Steph Dux; Joseph Bentley & Alua Serikbayeva & Ash Raman; (npc Lorrie Murphy). We wish them all the best.  News & Final Results are available from the SBU, and matches can be viewed (delayed) via Kibitz Link.
15.2.21/19.2.21

Seminars – The WBU are continuing its program of free online seminars, with this week’s topic on ‘Negative Doubles’. A fundamental concept in most systems, yet often mis-understood. Come along on Thursday (2.30 pm, repeated at 4.30 pm.) and dispel any mis-conceptions. Suitable for average Club players, and also some ‘experts’ may find it useful – hope to see you there. For details see Seminar Information
(If you don’t have the Zoom app installed on your computer use this direct Zoom Link, and for general assistance refer to Zoom Guidelines)
14.2.21

East Wales Congress – The ever popular East Wales Congress (Green Pointed) will be held on 20th – 21st February on BBO. The format will be Swiss Pairs on the Saturday, and Swiss Teams on the Sunday. See poster for full details, and submit your entries before 19th February, using the online Entry Form.
30.1.21/12.2.21

Lady Milne – Following the recent Lady Milne trials, the Selectors have announced the team to represent Wales on 16th – 18th April – to be held on RealBridge. The team chosen is Ceri Pierce & Mia Deschepper; Gilly Clench & Aida Aris; Margaret Lane & Lee Collier (npc Tony Disley). We wish them every success. Further participation and kibitzing details will be announced later.
5.2.21

Online League – The current Geoff Evans Online League Session 4 has now been completed – Final Results.  Congratulations to Mike Tedd, Yuan Shen, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford, Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff on their winning Division 1; Gwynn Davis’ team for Division 2; Liz Atkinson’s team for Division 3; and Jennifer Wardell’s team for Division 4. The next session is now being planned, and new or existing teams should submit entries to Liz Atkinson
10.2.21

Teltscher Trophy – Following this weekend’s trials, the WBU have selected the team for the Teltscher Trophy (Senior’s Camrose), to be played on RealBridge on 16th– 18th April. The team is Maggie Pierce & David McAndrew; Paul Denning & Paul Lamford; Alan Stephenson & Peter Kaufmann; npc Paddy Murphy. We wish them all the best.
25.1.21

Lady Milne – The Lady Milne trials will be held on 30th – 31st January on RealBridge. Closing date for entries is 27th Jan (9.00 am.). Please use the attached entry form. Players should refer to Competitor Information for final details. Due to technical reasons, kibitzing may not be available, but please try Kibitz Link.
Congratulations to the winners – Mia Deschepper and Ceri Pierce – who are now automatically selected. The remainder of the team will be announced shortly. Final rankings can be viewed at Final Rankings
25.1.21/31.1.21

European Team Championships (EBL) – The 55th European Teams Chamionships will take place in June in Madeira. The series consists of four events: Open, Ladies, Seniors, and Mixed. The WBU will fund the entry fee and limited expenses for the open team and are considering funding the entry for a second team. The Selectors are inviting ‘expressions of interest’ from suitable pairs. Please contact the Selectors for further information.
In parallel with the Teams Championship, there will be a Ladies Pairs and Seniors Pairs. The WBU would support suitable pairs, but are not offering any funding. Pairs who wish to be considered should contact the Selectors.
For more information on the above see Selectors Blog.
27.1.21

BBO Extractor – To assist Clubs and Organisations in uploading their BBO results to Bridgewebs, and also Master Points to the WBU, simple easy-to-follow help is available via BBO Extractor
27.1.21

Teltscher Trials – The WBU Teltscher Trials will be held this weekend on RealBridge. Competitors should view Final Instructions prior to playing. Spectators can watch the matches via Kibitz
22.1.21


Seminars – This week’s free WBU seminar has been re-scheduled for Thursday 28th (previously Tuesday). There will be two repeat sessions (2.30pm. and 4.30pm.) on ‘Splinter Bids‘ (a method of showing singletons or voids together with support for opener’s suit). Suitable for average Club players, and also some ‘experts’ may find it useful – hope to see you there. For details see Seminar Information
(If you don’t have the Zoom app installed on your computer use this direct Zoom Link, and for general assistance refer to Zoom Guidelines)
20.1.21

WBU/BBO TOURNAMENTS – New for January – The WBU will be holding two new AFTERNOON bridge sessions on BBO; Tuesdays (Matchpointed Pairs) and Fridays (IMPs – Pairs with Teams scoring) at 2pm., commencing Tuesday Jan 26th (21-22 boards). These events are for WBU members and their guests. Master points will be issued, and the entry fee will be BBO$2.50. There is no better way to spend a lockdown winter afternoon! Do join us and make this a popular event. For full registration, and tournament details, see Tourament Details.
It is essential that you pre-register with BBO/WBU (you only need to do this once). To see if you are already registered, please view the BBO User Names, otherwise please register by email to WBU Admin providing the following details: ‘BBO User-name’; ‘First Name’; ‘Surname’; ‘WBU/NBO Number’ (this information will not be available to other members).
16.1.21

Young Chelsea Congress – Latest Bridge – for those of you who have empty diaries, there is an opportunity to play against some of the top players at Young Chelsea Bridge Club (RealBridge) this weekend Jan 16th (Pairs) and Jan 17th (Teams). For full Congress details and registration see poster
16.1.21

Camrose – Home Internationals – After the first weekend of this year’s Camrose Home Internationals, Wales are lying third (Ireland in the lead) – all to play for on the second weekend. Results can be viewed via Results – 1st Weekend. The Captains’ reports for both the Welsh and the WBU teams can be viewed at Camrose Reports – 2021 . The selectors have chosen the same teams for the second weekend – Wales – Julian Pottage/Tony Ratcliff; Tony Disley/Adrian Thomas; Dafydd Jones/Adam Dunn; npc – Simon Richards. WBU – Gwynn Davis/Sue Ingham; Mark Roderick/Paddy Murphy; Alan Stephenson/Peter Kaufmann; npc – Lorrie Murphy.
15.1.21

Entry/Payment Forms – Simon Gottschalk has developed a formalised method of entering and paying for Bridge events (BESS – Bridge Entry System Software). It has been successfully used for the WBU trials, and it is now being made available for Areas, National Events, Congresses, at no charge (to Welsh Organisations). These organisations are encouraged to use this ‘easy to use’ system – further details at – BESS and via Simon Gottschalk
14.1.21

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.
11.1.21

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.
11.1.21