Zone 6 Elections
At the General Meeting of the Asia Pacific Bridge Federation held on 20th May, Esther Sophonpanich, pictured left, was re-elected as APBF President. Patrick Choy and Chen Zelan, pictured right, were re-elected as Members of the WBF Executive Council representing Zone 6.
The WBF President, who was unable to attend the meeting, sent his good wishes to the Board of the APBF, saying that he looked forward to the further development of bridge from this very active and progressive Zone.
Patrick Choy has informed the WBF that the Organization Committee of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has officially announced that they will accept applications from 33 international sports federations including bridge to participate in 2020 Olympic Games as additional competitions.
The President travels to South America and Barbados to visit the Zonal Championships
On 15th May the President attended the CAC General Meeting and the Opening Ceremony for the CAC Championships, where he presented the WBF Plaque to the President of the Barbados Bridge Federation, Ms Roglyn Hinds.
He congratulated the CACBF President, Mrs Sheena Rayner on the successful development of the zone resulting in five new affiliated members.
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At the CSB General Meeting held on 12th May, Mr. Marcelo Caracci from Chile was elected by acclamation both CSB President and WBF Executive Council Member, representing Zone 3 and taking the place of Ernesto d’Orsi. He is pictured left being congratulated by the WBF President.
It was announced that the Championships will become “The Ernesto d’Orsi Sudamericano de Bridge” as a fitting memorial to a great man.
Later in the week particiipants from the Championships were invited to a reception at the Brazilian Embassy hosted by His Excellency Everton Vargas, Ambassador of Brazil in Buenos Aires, and Doña Claudia. (pictured right)
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The 2015 World Wide Bridge Contest
The WBF has announced that it will donate a proportion of the profit from the event, up to 5,000 Euro, to the Nepal Disaster Fund.
The 2015 World Wide Bridge Contest will be on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June. Click here for more details and information about how your club can enter this fun Contest. All the information is sent by email and it is very simple to set up and run a heat, so do encourage your local bridge club to participate!
THE 2015 WORLD YOUTH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS, OPATIJA, CROATIA
Opatija, Croatia will host the 4th World Open Youth Championship from 20th - 29th August 2015.
The first information letter with details of hotels, entry fees, right to enter etc has now been published
Registration is now open - please click here to go to the registration pages.
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42nd WORLD BRIDGE TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup, d’Orsi Seniors Trophy
10th World Transnational Open Teams Championship
The 42nd World Bridge Teams Championships and the 10th World Transnational Open Teams Championship will be held at the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai, India from 26th September – 10th October 2015.
Several hotels in Chennai are offering very favourable rates for the duration of the Championships, and more details can be found here
The registration pages are now open - please click here to go to them.
Click here for more information including the Championship format and timetable, right to enter, information about the World Transnational Open Teams Championship, entry fees and also the General and Supplemental Conditions of Contest, the Anti-Doping regulations, WBF Systems Policy and a great deal more.
THE 2015 SPORTACCORD CONVENTION
The very successful annual SportAccord Convention was held in Sochi, Russia from 19th - 25th April.
The WBF is very proud and pleased to announce that its President, Gianarrigo Rona has been appointed Chairman of the SportAccord Mind Sport Games Commission.
The General Assemblies of both SportAccord and ARISF together with the IMSA Board Meeting were held during the course of this very successful Convention
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Winner of the WBF Women's Online Bridge Festival
Many congratulations to Adriana Dutu from Romania who has won the WBF Women's Online Bridge Festival held from 13 - 19 April. Adriana is delighted to have won the overall prize of free entry to the European Women's Pairs Championship in Tromsø, Norway with a partner of her choice - Romana Tanese.
Adriana tells us that the Festival "was a very challenging and fun experience and for sure I will participate to the next one in November. The organisers and our daily tournament guests did a wonderful job. "
We wish Adriana an equally enjoyable experience at the European Championships.
More information about the WBF Women's Online Festivals can be found by clicking here. The next event will be from 9 - 15 November 2015.
THE WORLD BRIDGE GAMES - PRESS CONFERENCE
Wroclaw, Poland will host the 15th World Bridge Games from 2nd - 17th September 2016. On the 27th January, at the Centennial Hall (which will be the event venue) Mr Rafael Dutkiewicz, Mayor of Wroclaw, together with Gianarrigo Rona, WBF President, Marc De Pauw, WBF Treasurer, Igor Chalupec, PBU Vice President officially presented the event to the press and signed the contract. (Pictured from left: Igor Chalupec, Marc de Pauw, Radosław Kiełbasiński, Rafał Dutkiewicz, Gianarrigo Rona, Jacek Sutryk)
The World Bridge Games will comprise the National Teams Championships : Open, Women's and Senior, with all WBF Member Countries invited to send a team in each series. This will be followed by a National Pairs Championship, again with an Open, Women's and Senior Series. There will be no quota for the number of pairs who may compete in the Pairs Championships from each NBO. For more information about the World Bridge Games click here.
UPDATED MASTER POINT RANKINGS
The latest WBF Master Point rankings can all be found by clicking here
THE 2014 SPORTACCORD WORLD MIND GAMES
Results, videos and information about the 2014 SAWMG can be found here
SALSOMAGGIORE TERME TO HOST THE 2016 WORLD YOUTH TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy will host 16th World Youth Teams Championships, from 3rd - 13th August 2016. The contract was signed during a Press Conference held at the City Hall on 31st October and the FIGB President was awarded the Honorary Citizenship of Salsomaggiore Terme.
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THE 14th RED BULL WORLD BRIDGE SERIES
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