Patrick Jourdain 1942 - 2016
We are very saddened to hear of the death of Patrick Jourdain, President of the International Bridge Press Association and a long-time colleague and friend of the WBF.
Patrick was the Bridge Correspondent for the English Daily Telegraph. He was a very experienced player with more than seventy appearances over six decades representing Wales in the Home Internationals.
Patrick was Principal of the Cardiff School of Bridge where he taught over a thousand people to play bridge. He was a social golfer and tennis-player. He never married. He is survived by his two older sisters, Jennifer and Susan to whom we send our sincere condolences. Click here to read Patrick's obituary. We will post the date and place of his funeral when it is known
2016 World Youth Teams Championships
Salsomaggiore, Italy, 3 - 13 August 2016
The WBF very much looks forward to welcoming Youth Teams from all over the world to the Championships in Salsomaggiore.
The Championships comprise four events :
The World Junior Teams for the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Trophy.
The World Youngsters teams for the José Damiani Cup.
The World Girls Teams Championship for the Gianarrigo Rona Trophy.
The World Kids Teams Championship for the Koç University Trophy, and this championship is by invitation.
Click here to go to the information pages for the Youth Teams Championships
Schedule of Play
Teams may be registered here
Although it is not mandatory to register systems in advance, a number of teams have sent them in and they can be downloaded by clicking here
We are creating collages using the pictures of the teams - many of them are already on our Facebook page - remember to "like" the page so you get notifications when new pictures are uploaded.
They are also being put on our photogallery for the event on Flickr. But keep coming back as we add more to the collection, and please feel free to tag your friends in the pictures.
2016 World Bridge Games, Wroclaw, Poland
3rd - 17th September
at the magnificent Hala Stulecia, or Centennial Hall
This event comprises National Open, Women's, Seniors and, for the first time Mixed Teams followed by National Open, Women's Seniors and Mixed Pairs Championships.
The Local Organising Committee is pleased to announce that HRS – Global Hotel Solutions are the official hotel partner of the World Bridge Games. HRS will be responsible for providing hotel offers to all attendees and guests of the event.
Click here to go to the dedicated hotel booking platform, where you can easily find and book all available hotel rooms in Wroclaw area for the period of the event.
The Registration pages are now open
More information about this exciting event can be found by clicking here
Registration for the Pairs events is still open - click here for more information
The WBF looks forward to welcoming bridge players from all over the world to the 2016 World Bridge Games
2016 WBF Meeting of Congress
The WBF Meeting of Congress will be held in Wroclaw, Poland at the Centennial Hall on Thursday 8th September at 09.00 hours.
All NBOs are invited to send an official delegate to the Meeting which will report on the work of the WBF and the plans for the future. The Congress will be requested to approve some additional articles to the WBF Constitution, concerning disciplinary matters.
The Convocation letter, with the Agenda and the proposed additions to the WBF Constitution will be forwarded directly to all the NBOs, who will have to confirm their attendance, indicating the name of their delegate.
The WBF Executive Council looks forward to welcoming all NBOs to Wroclaw
1st Online Yeh Bridge World Cup
The 1st Yeh Online Bridge World Cup will take place from 31 October - 2 November 2016 under the auspices of the World Bridge Federation.
This will be the first ever live online Bridge Show, featuring the some of the greatest champions and biggest personalities associated with the game together with a top class team of commentators who will analyze the deals for the watching online spectators. Click here to read more about this exciting event which we are sure is going to be of great interest to bridge players all over the world.
2019 World Bridge Teams Championships
The World Bridge Federation, BC’t Onstein and the Nederlandse Bridge Bond are proud to announce that the 2019 World Bridge Championships : the 44th Bermuda Bowl, the 22nd Venice Cup, the 10th d’Orsi Seniors Trophy and the 12th World Transnational Open Teams Championship will be held in The Netherlands.
Winners of the 30th World Wide Bridge Contest Announced
Organized by the WBF in cooperation with
CCBA & Beijing Lianzhong Interactive Network Inc
The 2016 World Wide Contest is now finalised and the winners announced. You can find the full list of winners by clicking here, and they will be invited to attend the final to be held in Beijing, China from 23rd - 25th September 2016. The WBF congratulates them for doing so well in the events.
CSB NBO Officers' Seminar
The President of the WBF, Gianarrigo Rona, Marcelo Caracci, President of Zone 3, the South American Bridge Federation, and Santiago Londono, President of the Colombia Bridge Federation attended the Seminar, held in Medellin, Colombia from 25th - 27th May.
All 10 South American NBOs attended the Seminar at which bridge promotion, the provision of material and future help for the development of bridge was discussed. The documents from the seminar will be posted in the Resources Section of this website in due course.
CBS Board Meeting
On the 30th May and 1st June the President and Treasurer attended the CBS Board Meeting where the activities and projects both of the CBS and WBF were discussed during the course of a very successful meeting. It strengthened the already excellent relationship between the two bodies who look forward to a future of friendship and co-operation.
Winners of the Youth Championships
At the same time, the Youth Championships were held, with Argentina and Colombia qualifying for the Junior Championship and Chile and Brazil for the Youngster Championship to be held in Salsomaggiore, Italy from 3rd - 13th August 2016.
The WBF meets ANOC & OCA President
On the afternoon of Thursday 17th May the WBF President Gianarrigo Rona, together with the BFAME Vice President Azwerul Haque, the Kuwait Bridge President Numan Al-Turki, were been received by Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Jaber Al Sabah, ANOC and OCA President in Kuwait City.
The meeting concerned the inclusion of Bridge in the 2018 Asian Olympic Games, to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting, conducted in a very friendly atmosphere, was very profitable and Sheikh Ahmad assured his support.
In the evening President Rona met Officers and Members of the Kuwait Bridge Association who awarded him with a special plaque during a dinner, followed by a duplicate bridge session, kindly hosted by Dr. Amhad Alroumi, one of the founders of the Association.
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