Closing Datesa reminder that we are fast approaching closing dates for entries to: Welsh Cup (Dec 31st); Cambria Cup (Dec 31st); Lady Milne Trials (Dec 24th); Teltscher Trials (Dec 31st). Please see News items below.

Special General Meeting – (Re-scheduled) – the WBU give notice of a Special General Meeting on Saturday 14th January at 10.00 am – Zoom, with the proposal that paragraph 5.0 of the Constitution relating to annual subscriptions be changed. See Proposal Details.
The proposal was passed at the meeting – “The annual subscriptions shall be determined by the Management Committee”.

Christmas Bridge – the WBU have no major competitions running over the Christmas period, but you are still able to participate in the popular StepBridgeUK tournaments. These are run on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – starting at 7.00pm. – £1.00. The only ‘non-event’ over this period is Sunday – Christmas Day. Also the event on New Year’s Day will be free entry. Hope to see you at one of the events.

Teltscher Trials players are invited to enter the WBU PAIRS TRIAL for the 2023 Teltscher Trophy taking place in Wales next May in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Newport. Should you qualify to represent either Wales or the WBU in this event there are additional hotel costs of £330 per player. The trials will take place over the weekend of 4th & 5th February 2023 at the Commodore Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. The entry fee is £100 per pair, and the Commodore Hotel are offering discounted hotel accommodation.The CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES is December 31st. More details are on the Entry form.

Down Under/Up Over – RealBridge are looking for players to represent UK and Ireland against Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, on Tuesday 6th. December at 8.00 am. Duplicate Pairs; free entry; three classifications of pairs – High Level (county level+), Club, Beginners – Details. If you are interested in playing against players from the other side of the world, please email Brian Quinlan.

Porthcawl Congress – congratulation to Stefan Lindfors and Ian Walsh on winning the red Dragon Championship pairs at the Porthcawl Congress. Unfortunately the teams championship was cancelled due to insufficient entries Full Results

Lady Milne Trials – pairs are now invited to enter the WBU Trials for the 2023 LADY MILNE taking place in Scotland next April. The PAIRS TRIAL will take place over the weekend of 21st & 22nd January 2023 at the Commodore Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. The entry fee is £100 per pair, and the Commodore Hotel are offering discounted hotel accommodation. The revised closing date for entries is 24th December 2022. More details are on the Entry Form.

Hirst Kurbalija Swiss Teams – Cardiff Bridge Club is proud to present the first Hirst Kurbalia Teams Competition, in memory of Mike and Filip who brought such honour and distinction to CBC, Bridge in Wales, and most importantly to themselves. The event is on January 15th – see Event Details and Entry Form

Dorset Multi-TeamsDorset CBA are holding their Multiple Teams event on RealBridge on Sunday 20th November. All invited. See Details and Entry Form

Welsh & Cambria Competitions 2023 – The WBU Welsh and Cambria Cup competitions for 2023 will initially be held online. The draw will be done on a National basis, and the only non-regional travelling may be for the finals later in the year (undecided as to whether these will be online or FtoF). A ‘double elimination’ system will operate, ensuring any team must lose two matches before being eliminated. There are generous Green Point awards, based on the result of 8/10-board stanzas, so you can lose the match, but still win Green Points. For event details and entry forms, see Welsh Cup – 2023 or Cambria Cup – 2023, or contact the event organiser Simon Gottschalkthe closing date for both events is December 31st.

National Online Swiss Teams – the WBU National Online Swiss Teams Championship will be held on Sunday 4th December on RealBridge. This is a Green Pointed event – entry fee £40 per team. For full details see National Online Swiss Teams

Children In Need – from the 7th – 11th November , Clubs throughout the UK will be holding Simultaneous Pairs events for Children In Need. StepBridgeUK will also be holding an online heat on Wednesday (and will also be donating). Please make every effort to enter at least one of these heats (all heats scored centrally via ‘ecats’).

Women’s Bridge – the November session will be held on RealBridge on Monday 7th. See  Joining Instructions and Player Link. Previous winners can be viewed at Women’s Bridge Winners.

John Beard – it is with sadness that we have to announce the death of John Beard. John was a very popular player throughout the UK, and represented Wales on two occasions at the European Championships. He was recognised as being one of the first to provide organised holidays for all standards of player. A ‘Celebration of His Life’ will be held at the New House Country Hotel Cardiff, CF149UA – Nov. 25th – 3.00pm – 6.00pm. All invited to share memories.

Special General Meeting – the WBU give notice of a Special General Meeting on Sunday 27th November at 10.00 am (note the time change) – Zoom, with the proposal that paragraph 5.0 of the Constitution relating to annual subscriptions be changed. See Proposal Details.

Porthcawl Congress – this year’s Porthcawl Congress will be held from 25th – 27th November on BBO. Full details and entry form can be found at Congress Details

WWBA Championship Pairs – the WWBA will be holding its annual Green Pointed Championship Pairs (Vince Bevan) on Sunday October 23rd in the Tumble Memorial Hall. This event is open to all WBU members. See Poster for details.

National Online Pairs – the WBU National Online Pairs Championship will be held on Saturday 5th November on RealBridge. In parallel with the main event, there will be a ‘B’ flight for less experienced pairs (<150GPs). For full details see National Online Pairs

Camrose Team – The selectors have announced the team for the first Camrose weekend in Belfast – Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff; John Salisbury & Tim Rees; Gwynn Davis & Sue Ingham; npc. Paul Denning. (for full details see Selectors’ Bulletin).
The team for the second weekend will be selected later.

Camrose Trials – well done to the team of Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff, Tim Rees, and John Salisury on winning the Camrose trial. The team, together with the leading x-imp pair – Gwynn Davis & Sue Ingham – will play in at least one of this year’s matches. The full teams will be announced shortly. See Full Results

Women’s Bridge – a reminder that the next session will be held on BBO on Monday 3rd October. Come along and have a friendly game of Ladies Bridge, starting at 6.45 pm. Joining Instructions, and previous winners can be viewed at Women’s Bridge Winners.

Bridge Classes – Cardiff Bridge Club are now offering courses to beginners of all ages. The tutors are both experienced bridge players and qualified bridge teachers dedicated to helping you achieve your goal of becoming an active participant in your local bridge playing community. For full details see Beginners’ Course Flyer

Newspage – our President – Gilly – has now published her second WBU Newsletter – Newspage 2. In this issue, Gilly discusses ‘Communications’ and ‘Attracting New Members’ – particulary younger ones. You can see the youngsters at the recent Pembroke Freshers Fair – Photos & Credits.
(You can also view via the WBU Forum, and when registered you can add any thoughts or comments – WBU Forum (General Discussion)).

Communications – any organisation can only thrive with good communications with its members. As a reminder, the primary communications from/to the WBU are:
? This website – updated daily
? BridgeWebs – ‘on the day’ results for WBU National events
? President’s Newsletter – posted periodically on this site
? MailChimp – emails to individual members (Register to give your consent)
? Members can contact most National, Area, or Club, officials via ‘Contacts’ on this site
? Share you views on anything Bridge or WBU via the WBU Forum

EWBA Championship Teams – East Wales Bridge Association are holding their Green Pointed Patrick Jourdain Championship Teams on Sun 25th September. This event is open to all WBU members – see Details & Entry.

Junior Bridge Camp – With the start of the new school year, the Autumn Junior Bridge Camp will take place near Tunbridge Wells on 22nd and 23rd October. Parents and teachers are encouraged to ask youngsters to participate. It is a great way to get them along the learning curve fast because they will play lots of bridge. See Youth Camp Details

Regulations – the EBU has made changes to its Regulations (which the WBU automatically follows).  The revised full set of Regulations can be viewed on this website (->Directing/Scoring->Documents->Publications) or via Publications.
The ‘Blue Book’ covers Regulations regarding systems, conventions, alerting etc. and Club players are expected to comply with the simpler concepts. A simple summary of the relevant changes can be viewed at – Blue Book Changes – Simplified. A copy of this summary will be sent to all Club secretaries.
The ‘White Book’ deals with more technical issues, and is only suitable for senior Directors and the L&E Committee.
The ‘Sky Blue Book’ dealing with online bridge, has now been incorporated into the Blue Book.
(Directors are requested to be tolerant to mistakes over the next few months).
If you have any concerns or queries please use the relevant board on the WBU Forum.

It is with great sadness that the Welsh Bridge Union mourns the death of Her Majesty the Queen. She has reigned the country during the whole time that we have enjoyed our great game. It will not be the same without her.
WBU President – Gilly Clench.

WWBA Swiss Pairs – the WWBA will be holding its annual Green Pointed Swiss Pairs on September 18th in the Llanarthne Hall. This event is open to all WBU members. See Poster for details.

Celtic Womens Pairs – tonight, 5th Sept on RealBridge at 18:45. Please login by 18:30. Player Link

Geoff Evans League – the schedule and teams for the 9th Geoff Evans Online League is now available. See Match Instructions and Teams

Calendar – our new NTO – Simon Gottschalk – has taken a fresh approach to the calendar of WBU events. Recognising that Online Bridge is here to stay, there will now be two versions of most National events – face-to-face, and online (separate dates).
Also most events will be run in two sections (numbers permitting) – an open section, and a secondary section restricted to players ranked below life-master (150GPs), who feel overwhelmed when competing against the ‘better-players’. The first of these events is the National Online Pairs on November 5th. Entry Forms now available.
The full calendar will be generated over the next few days.

EWBA Open Pairs – the EWBA Stan Berger competition on Sunday 4th September in Cardiff Bridge Club, is now open to all members of the WBU. See Entry Details.

Eastbourne Summer Congress – Congratulations to Mieke Deschepper and Richard Plackett on winning the Swiss Pairs at the prestigious EBU Eastbourne Congress. They competed in a field of over 100 high quality pairs – well done.

Ross & Gloucestershire Congress – Congratulations to Peter Milewski & Kevin Maddox, winners of the Swiss Pairs event at Ross on Wye organised jointly by Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Bridge Associations (a number of Welsh Pairs participated).

WBU International Trials – the selectors have now published the dates and details for this season’s trials for the Camrose, Lady Milne, and Teltscher. If you are interested in participating see Selectors’ Bulletin. The closing date for (Camrose) entries is August 31st.

Online League – the 8th Geoff Evans Online League has now completed – Final Results. Congratulations to the Division winners: Div 1 – Mike Tedd, John Salisbury, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford, Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff; Div 2 – Ceri Pierce’s team; Div 3 – Barry Wennell’s team; Div 4 – Richard Stevenson’s & Andrea Knox’s teams (joint winners). See Full Results.
Once again our thanks to Liz for organising such a successful event.
Liz is now accepting entries for Session 9 – please contact her before end of August.

Women’s Bridge – the August session will be held on BBO on Monday 1st August at 6.45pm. Please continue to support this venture – a friendly game offering an introduction to women’s competitions. Joining Instructions. Previous winners can be viewed at Women’s Bridge Winners.

Photographs – the website is being enhanced to show more personnel photographs – many members have no idea what some of the various officials look like. I have sourced a number of photos, but for any official (WBU, Area, Club – see ->’Contacts’) whose photo I don’t have (or an improvement on the grainy one posted), I would be grateful if you could send me a copy –

Newspage – in order to keep members abreast of the latest in Welsh Bridge, our President – Gilly – will periodically write a brief but comprehensive ‘Newspage’. In the first edition, the Llandudno Congress, ‘Brian’ (Electronic Scoring), Spickett Bowl, and the WBU management structure, are just some of the items discussed by Gilly. You can view at Newspage.
(You can also view via the WBU Forum, and when registered you can add any thoughts or comments – WBU Forum (General Discussion)).

Juniors – to encourage Juniors to learn how to play Bridge, on Friday 29th July at 5.00pm. BridgeWhizz (which is active in the UK except for Wales), are holding an organisers’ seminar, to explain their operation. Anyone interested in promoting junior bridge is invited to attend the Zoom session – see Invitation From Our President for details.

Perry/Spickett – Congratulations to East Wales on winning both the Perry Shield and the Spickett Bowl. Cross table results Perry Spickett

East Wales Congress – Brochure and Entry forms are now now available for the ever popular East Wales Congress – Swiss Pairs Saturday 15th October, Swiss Teams Sunday 16th October. The venue is the Lysaght Institute in Newport Brochure/Entry Form

Judith Graham-Jones – it is with sadness that we would like to inform members of the passing of Judith Graham-Jones a staunch and loyal member of the WBU and Haverfordwest Bridge Club.
Judith was Chair of Haverfordwest Bridge Club numerous times as well as Chair of the Western Area on two occasions.
She also served twice as President of the Welsh Bridge Union. She was well respected and liked throughout the principality and will be missed by her many friends.

WBU President – The WBU extends a warm welcome to its new president – Gilly Clench. Gilly is a leading Welsh ladies international, at both UK and European levels, and has done much to promote ladies bridge throughout Wales – we wish her every success. Also at the AGM, a ‘new team’ of officials has been appointed: Simon Gottschalk – National Tournament Organiser; Jean Cufley – Treasurer. We wish them all every success in administering and encouraging bridge in Wales.
The WBU would also extend their thanks and appreciation to the retiring officers – Marie Topp, Jean Hand, and Fiona Noyce, for their hard work over many years, and in particular over the very trying conditions during the past couple of years of pandemic. They have had to manage the synergy between face-to-face and online bridge, and have done so with enthusiasm and professionalism.

WBU AGM – The WBU AGM will be held on Sunday July 10th (10.30am.) at the Commodore hotel in Llandrindod wells. Those unable to attend in person, can participate by Zoom Link. Please view the necessary documents: Agenda, Minutes, Accounts, Revised Constitution
In conjunction with the AGM, the inter-area Perry and Spickett events will be held on the 9th and 10th July.

Pat Haworth – It is with sadness that we have to announce the passing-away of Pat Haworth – 83 years young. Bridge was very much a part of Pat’s life, being an active member and President of Porthcawl Bridge Club. During her 60+ year bridge career, she represented Wales in the Lady Milne in 1981 (profile), and won the Welsh Cup (1983), the Cambria Cup (1982), and Ladies Welsh Cup (1985), competitions.
Our thoughts are with her husband Tony, three children, five grand-children, and lately one great-grand-child.
The funeral will be on Tues. 12th July, at 12.45pm. in Margam Crematorium.

RealBridge – RealBridge are inviting anyone to a free play session on Thursday 30th June at 7.00pm. Login from 6.30pm using this link :
Twelve pre-set hands will be played, following which Paul Lamford will hold a post-mortem and group discussion, on where things went right and where they went wrong (perhaps not – you may play like a world champion!!). See Poster. For Format and Joining Instructions see REALBRIDGE – Paul Lamford

Teams Of Eight – The WBU National Club Teams-Of-Eight is being held on Sunday 26th June – 12.00am., in Tumble Hall (near Carmarthen). This is the first major f-to-f WBU event in recent times. We hope that the seven club-teams entered enjoy the event.
Congratulations to Penarth on their winFull Results

European Championships – the 55th European Championships are now underway in Funchal. The championships include Open, Mixed, Ladies, and Seniors events.
In the Open event Wales are represented by Gary Jones & Paul Lamford; Richard Plackett & Paul Denning; Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff.
In the Ladies event, Laura Woodruff & Gilly Clench; Ceri Pierce & Sophie Cunningham, are representing Wales.
Ceri & Sophie qualified for the final of the Ladies Pairs, finishing midway in the final rankings.
The Open team finished an impressive 20th in a very strong final field.

See Championship Details & On-going Results or Welsh Team Details

President’s Cup – Please note that the President’s Cup – normally run in conjunction with the Perry and Spickett (July 9th/10th) – has now had to be cancelled.

WBU Forum – have your say – the WBU have now introduced a Members’ Forum, whereby you can express your views on anything to do with Bridge or the WBU. See How To Use & Register and then visit the Forum. (Details also on the menu bar or side bar). Y Ddraig goch ddyry cychwyn – The Red Dragon leads the way.

Teltscher – the Teltscher Trophy is now underway in Belfast. Wales are represented by Alan Stephenson & Peter Kaufman; Gary Jones & Paul Lamford; Gilly Clench & David Birt; npc Simon Gottschalk.
The event can be viewed on RealBridge – Kibitz Link, and for those who are unable to view, the captain (Simon) will be providing session assessments of the Welsh performance – Captain’s Reports
Congratulations to Scotland on winning the trophy. Wales were 5th. Final Results

Celtic Congress – The West Wales Bridge Association is inviting you to the (virtual) Green-Pointed Fishguard Celtic Congress on Sat. May 28th (Swiss Pairs) and Sun. May 29th (Swiss Teams). See Details and Entry Form. Pairs Results, Teams Results

WBU Mixed Pairs – Congratulations to Martin Garvey & Andrea Knox on winning the WBU National Mixed Pairs – Full Results

Teltscher Trials – the scheduled Teltscher Trophy trial has now been cancelled due to insufficient entries. Consequently, the Selectors have chosen the following team: Alan Stephenson & Peter Kaufman; Gary Jones & Paul Lamford; Bob Pitts & Barry Jones; npc Simon Gottschalk. Reserves – Gilly Clench & David Birt.
The Teltscher Trophy is currently scheduled to be held in Northern Ireland over the weekend 20th – 22nd May 2022. However, a decision will be made by BGB on or before 18th February 2022 as to whether the event will be moved online using the RealBridge platform. If the Teltscher Trophy is moved to an online format, then the selectors will reserve the right to re-evaluate the team and consider other interested pairs.
Unfortunately Barry and Bob have had to withdraw, and have been replaced by Gilly Clench and David Birt. The event will take-place, f-to-f, in Northern Ireland, but you can kibitz the match via Kibitz Link.

EWBA – will be holding their AGM on Sunday 8th May, in Gwent Bridge Academy, with the associated Arthur James and Beatus Cup events (free entry). Entries to Helen Houston

WWBA – will be holding their John Isaac and Ann Dolan events on Sunday 8th May (BBO). For entry details see John Isaac & Ann Dolan. These events are usually run in conjunction with the WA AGM, but this is now being held on Thursday 12th May (Zoom) – Joining Link

Women’s Bridge – May’s Women’s event will take be held on on RealBridge on Monday 2nd May at 6.45pm. 5×5 board matches. Please continue to support this venture – a friendly game offering an introduction to women’s competitions. Joining Instructions. Previous winners can be viewed at Women’s Bridge Winners.

Lady Milne – This year’s Lady Milne has been won by Scotland, who narrowly beat England for the trophy. Wales were third. Final Result’s Table

National Mixed Pairs – Entries are now invited for the WBU National Mixed Pairs on Sunday May 15th. The event will be held online (BBO). Details and Entry Form

Lady Milne – The Lady Milne is being held on 22nd – 24th April in Newport (Holiday Inn). Being the organisers, Wales have two representative teams: Wales – Joan Marray & Andrea Knox; Gilly Clench & Maggie Pierce; Ceri Pierce & Mia Deschepper; (npc Julian Pottage): WBU – Jennifer Wardell & Mrunalini Dewani; Sheila Shea & Margaret Barnes; Margaret Lane & Lee Collier (npc Paul Denning). See Players’ Link. The event can be viewed at Lady Milne Website.
If you are unable to kibitz, there have been major problems with RealBridge, which hopefully will be resolved overnight.

Llandudno Congress – Face-to-face congresses are back! Join the WBU and NWBA on the North Wales Coast for a competitive (but friendly) weekend of Swiss Pairs Bridge – 2nd to 3rd July. See Poster and Entry Form. Book your accommodation early!

StepBridge – For the past couple of years StepBridge have provided their online platform at no cost to players nor clubs. As evidenced by the number of player participations, this has proved to be a highly popular platform for both Club and UK Tournaments (four per week). However increasing costs (servers, development, etc.), now necessitate some minimal charging to be levied. As from March 28th, all StepbridgeUK Clubs (except casual, youth, and teaching) and UK events, will require a table money charge; UK Events – £1, Club events – minimum of £0.50p. Any profits will be for the benefit of UK Bridge. Full details can be found on the StepBridgeUK Website or Player Information or Club Information.
We hope that existing StepBridge members continue to enjoy their online bridge, and new Members and Clubs are welcome to enrol (no membership nor joining fees) – see StepBridgeUK Website.

NWBA Spring Congress – the NWBA are holding their annual green-pointed Swiss Pairs Spring Congress on April 2nd. It will be played on BBO – 6×8 board matches. See Poster and Entry Details.

Subscriptions – the WBU would like to remind all members that WBU subsriptions are due from April 1st. The fee has been maintained at pre-pandemic level – £10, (all areas are temporarily suspending their subscriptions). 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.

EBL – Ukraine – the Austrian Bridge Federation is organising a fund raising tournament for the people in Ukraine on March 20th, 7pm CET. It will be played as a one session pairs event (approximately 30 boards) online on RealBridge. The entire proceeds go to the Caritas emergency aid for Ukraine. The entry fee is €25 per pair pair. For full details see Bridge Winners
(You can transfer monies via SEPA, or to PayPal account (Christian Bernscherer), and then register via email).
The federation raised over £3000 for Ukraine – thanks to all the participants and other generous donations

Lady Milne – The selectors have chosen the following teams to represent Wales in the Lady Milne: Wales – Joan Marray & Andrea Knox; Gilly Clench & Maggie Pierce; Ceri Pierce & Mia Deschepper; (npc Julian Pottage): WBU – Jennifer Wardell & Mrunalini Dewani; Sheila Shea & Margaret Barnes; Margaret Lane & Lee Collier (npc Paul Denning). The event is being held in Newport (Holiday Inn – FtoF – subject to government regulations) from 22nd – 24th April.

Women’s Bridge – March’s Women’s event will take be held on on RealBridge on Monday 7th March at 6.45pm. The format will be x-imp pairs (i.e. pairs playing a teams game). For further details and joining instructions, see Women’s Bridge.

Camrose – The second Camrose weekend from 4th – 6th March, starts with Wales lying in third place. The Welsh Team is: Martin Jones & Jake Dunn; Dafydd Jones & Adam Dunn; Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff; npc Paul Denning. You can view the match via Kibitz Link. We wish them all the best.
Congratulations to England on winning the Camrose. Wales had a very creditable 3rd place – Final Ranking List. Full results for the second weekend can be found at Second Weekend Results.

Junior Camrose – Last weekend’s Junior Camrose was won by England, with the Welsh Team finishing in fifth place – see Final Results

East Wales Congress – Congratulations to the winners of the East Wales Congress (RealBridge) – Pairs: – Tim Barsby & Steve Webb; Teams: – Adam Dunn & Dafydd Jones, Jake Dunn & Martin Jones, Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff: Pairs Teams

Welsh & Cambria Cups – The draws for the 2022 Welsh and Cambria Cup competitions have now been finalised. See Welsh Cup and Cambria Cup for details

European Pairs – now underway – the 11th Women’s National Pairs and 9th Seniors’ National Pairs Championships will be held in Funchal from 12th – 15th June. For further details see European Pairs

Date Change – Due to the clash with the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend the WBU have re-scheduled the AGM, Perry, Spickett, and Presidents Cup to 9th – 10th July – at the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. It is intended that the AGM be a hybrid event (Zoom + FtoF).
Also the WBU will be seeking a new Treasurer to be appointed at the AGM – if interested please contact Alan Screen on 01686625744

European Teams – now underway – the 55th European National Teams Championships will be held in Funchal in Madeira from 12th – 22nd June. The Event will also include Women’s, Senior’s and Mixed Teams events, from 16th – 22nd June, and Women’s and Senior’s Pairs between 12th-15th June. For further details see European Teams
Players interested in playing in any of these events should inform the Selectors with an expression of interest. Some limited funding may be available to cover the Entry Fee for the Teams events.

Filip Kurbalija Memorial Game – Diane and Patrick Shields, a good friend of Filip, have made plans to have a game on RealBridge on the evening of Friday 25th February in Filip’s memory. They would like as many as knew him and can play, to come along.
The game is being organised through the Gloucester County Bridge Association, in whose events Filip played regularly during lockdown. For full details see Memorial Game.

Junior Camrose – The Junior Camrose is being held Feb 18th – 20th on RealBridge. The team representing Wales is Stephen Loat & Iwan Williams; Sophie Akers & Stephanie Dux; Alua Serikbayeva & Joseph Bentley; (npcs Mark Roderick/Paddy Murphy). We wish them all the best. The match can be viewed at Kibitz Link

Women’s Bridge – The the next event will take place on BBO on Monday 7th February at 6.45pm. You need to Pre-Register your BBO moniker.

Welsh & Cambria Competitions 2022 – The closing date for entries has now been extended to Wednesday 9th February, whereby more teams can be encouraged to enter via Welsh Cup or Cambria Cup, or contact the event organiser Jean Hand.

Online League – Liz has now finalised the details for the 8th Geoff Evans Online League (Competitive but Friendly Bridge). We are happy to welcome a couple of new teams to this popular league, and after considerable effort, coping with the various team configuration changes, the schedule and teams can be viewed at Geoff Evans League – Session 8

WWBA Mixed Pairs – West Wales Bridge Association will be holding their Area Mixed Pairs (Ossie Evens Trophy) on Sunday 13th February. See Entry Form. The event will be run on BBO. The entry fee is £5 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.

Lady Milne Trials – Congratulations to Joan Marray and Andrea Knox on winning the Lady Milne trials (on VPs), and to Gilly Clench & Maggie Pierce (on X-Imps). The selectors will now assess the results, and select three pairs to represent Wales in the Lady Milne in April. Since this is Wales’ home match, the Selectors will also be choosing a WBU team from the trialists. See Full Results VPs

Lady Milne Trials – the Lady Milne trials are being held this weekend on RealBridge. For full details see Trial Details. To kibitz the trial (with a 30 minute delay) please use Kibitz Link

Online League – the 7th Geoff Evans Online League has now completed – Final Results. Congratulations to the Division winners: Div 1 – Mike Tedd, John Salisbury, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford, Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff; Div 2 – Gilly Clench’s team; Div 3 – David Melville’s team; Div 4 – Jennifer Wardell’s team. Session 8 will run from 1st February to 30th June. To enter a team please email Liz Atkinson. Once again our thanks to Liz for organising this popular event.

Junior’s Event – the second annual online (RealBridge) pairs event for juniors, will this year be hosted by England on behalf of BGB. The home nations event will take place on Sunday 20th March, with free entry. Depending on numbers, there will be two separate events – Under 26 (for the Liz McGowan trophy) and Under 21 (for the Paul Porteous trophy).
It is hoped to be able to present these in person the next time a home international event is held in the country of the winning pair. Mixed pairs of U21 and U26 are welcome but will be expected to play in the U26 category.
If you would like to enter, please contact Charlie via phone 01296 317203 or email EBU Competitions.

Filip’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 25th January at 2pm at Thornhill Crematorium Cardiff. It is a small private service for invited family and close friends only. Please no flowers, but donations to the RSPB. Pat Shields is organising a memorial online bridge event – more details to follow. Diane expresses her thanks for all the warm tributes and many messages of sympathy.

Camrose – After the first weekend of the Camrose trophy, England have a comfortable lead, with Wales in a respectable third place. Full results can be found at RealBridge Results (Match 5). The location for the second weekend (March) as yet is undecided (Edinburgh or RealBridge).

East Wales Congress – The ever popular East Wales Congress (Green Pointed) will be held on 19th – 20th February on RealBridge. The format will be Swiss Pairs on the Saturday, and Swiss Teams on the Sunday. See Poster and BESS Entry Form

Camrose – The Camrose Home Internationals start this weekend on RealBridge – hosted by England. Wales are represented by: Gary Jones & Paul Lamford; Richard Plackett & Paul Denning; Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff (npc Alan Stephenson).
You can view latest results, and kibitz via Kibitz Link with a 30 minute delay.