Only NBOs participating in the World Bridge Games are eligible to qualify to participate in the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup Championships held in either of the two subsequent odd-numbered years.
In each case, an Open Team or at least one Open Pair must participate in the Games in order to be eligible for the Bermuda Bowl and a Women’s Team or at least one Women’s Pair must participate to be eligible for the Venice Cup. There is no such criteria for the d’Orsi Seniors Bowl.
The regulation regarding the age of players in Youth events was definitively adopted in San Paolo 2009 and confirmed in Philadelphia 2010 by the Executive Council, and has been in force since January 1st 2011.
As stated in section 4.2 of the Eligibility Code, “players competing in Junior and Girls events must not have achieved their 25th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place. In the case of special events (e.g. for younger players or University events) the Supplementary Conditions of Contest shall detail the age requirements. Players competing in Youngster events must not have achieved their 20th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place. Players in the Kids events must not have achieved their 15th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place.”
Thus, in 2012 in Tai Cang the regulations for Juniors and Girls stated that they must have been born on or after 1st January 1987, and for Youngsters on or after 1st January 1992; in 2011 in Opatija the regulations for Juniors and Girls stated that they must have been born on or after 1st January 1986, and for Youngster on or after 1st January 1991; for 2013 the dates for Juniors and Girls specify that they must have been born on or after 1st January 1988 and for Youngsters they must have been born on or after 1st January 1993.
In 2015 for the Youth Open Championships the regulations state that the Junior and Girls events are open to all players born on or after 1st January 1990; for the Youngsters it is open to all players born on or after 1st January 1995 and for participants in the Kids category it is open to players born on or after 1st January 2000. Players in all events must be in good standing with their NBO and must be a member of (but not necessarily a National of) that NBO.
In order to participate in WBF Senior Championships and events, players must reach the age of 60 during the calendar year of the event in question.
To be allowed to participate, the players must be members (not necessarily nationals) of the Federation – NBO – through which they enter (it is recognized that players may be members of more than one NBO and so may choose enter through whichever one is convenient to him or her).
Thus an NBO can enter a pair or a team composed of players who are not nationals of that country; it is sufficient that they are registered members within that NBO. In this case, authorization from the players’ National Federation will also be sought by the WBF.
In exceptional circumstances, where a country is unable to enter a full team or even a pair from their own country, the Zone may submit an entry for a Zonal team or pair.
Participation in this event by a player representing an NBO of which he is a member, or a temporary member, will not affect his or her eligibility to represent the country of which he is a National in a future World Teams or Pairs Championship.