THE WORLDWIDE BRIDGE CONTEST

An even more exciting, revised Contest is coming for 2017 with an amazing prize for the winning pairs – qualification to a Final to be held in Beijing, China from 21st – 24th September (play being on 22nd, 23rd & 24th) with a subsidy for travel expenses, free B&B accommodation and a great prize fund!  

The 2017 World Wide Bridge Contest be played on eight different days
with simultaneous pairs being held on:
Tuesday 28 March & Thursday 30 March
Tuesday 25th April & Thursday 27th April
Monday 8th May & Wednesday 10th May
Friday 2nd June & Saturday 3rd June

Clubs can enter one or more of these events. The entry fee charged is per event.

  • From these events, 20 pairs will qualify to attend the Final (together with other 20 pairs coming from on-line tournaments) which will be held from 21st - 24th September, using BBO software
  • Each qualified player, coming from Europe, Africa, America and Oceania will receive a subsidy of US$1,200, while qualified players coming from Asia will receive a subsidy of US$800.
  • In addition bed and breakfast accommodation (the Hotel has to be confirmed) will be provided free of charge for four nights  (from 21st to 24th September) based on two players sharing a double room.  Additional accommodation or single rooms will be charged at the hotel rate.
  • The final will have a prize fund of US$ 20,000
  • WBF Year Points will be awarded to the winning pairs from each heat.
  • WBF Master Points will be awarded for the Final.

The 20 winning pairs will be selected as follows:

  1. The winning pair and second placed pair from each of the eight simultaneous pairs events (16 pairs), then
  2. The winners from each Continent not having won or been placed second in an individual session PROVIDED they have scored over 55% then
  3. The highest scoring pairs in 3rd place in any session to complete the required number of pairs in the final provided they are not already eligible as a result of being a winner of one of the six tournaments or a "continental" winner.

The entry fee remains unchanged at just US$2, £1.50 GBP or €1.80 per player per event. Payment instructions will be sent with the information to the participating clubs.

The commentary will be provided via email - the cost of printing and distributing the booklets would mean that we would have to raise the price considerably and that would make the event much more expensive for the participants. So instead we will be providing the commentary as a downloadable PDF file after the event.

Do join us for this event, which is enormously good fun and gives you the chance to compete against other pairs from all over the world - a rare opportunity indeed. Because it is scored using the ECatsBridge system, you get masses of information showing you exactly how you fared on the night. You can watch as clubs upload from all around the world, and get the "buzz" of excitement as the scores change.

Clubs will be able to pay in US Dollars, Euro or British Pounds, making payment simple. Cheques in British Pounds are also fine. Click Here to email Anna for more information.

Please click here to find out how your club can enter and click here to see why running a heat is so easy!

Click here for last years' results so you can see how they are displayed and the wealth of information generated for them.

The Continents recognised by the WBF are the 5 Continents of the Olympic Rings : Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania

More details and all the information about the technical aspect of the contest will be found at www.ecatsbridge.com .

 

WBF Simultaneous Pairs supporting Youth Bridge

Four times a year, in March, August, October and December, Simultaneous events have been introduced to support Youth Bridge - the World Bridge Federation is committed to the development of Youth Bridge – the future of our wonderful game – please click here to read more about how the WBF wants to support Youth Bridge.

Each one will be run on a Monday and a Wednesday (day time or evening), with different hands for each day of course. WBF Year Points will be awarded to the leading pairs and we have requested NBOs to award their own master points as well - clubs should contact their own NBO to confirm this.

The material will all be sent by email to the heat organizers, and the booklets and hands will be available on the website at www.ecatsbridge.com as normal immediately after the event.

In order to encourage participation we have kept the entry fees low – just US$ 3.00, € 2.50, or £ 1.90 per pair (note ... per PAIR) – full payment instructions will be sent with the zip file of hands etc.

To enter, all clubs need to do is to email Anna Gudge and tell her which day they wish to play and confirm the name of the club, the country and the name and email address of the person to receive the zip file. The file will be sent out about a week before the event.

We hope as many clubs will support this venture - Junior Bridge is so very important to the future of our wonderful game and we need to be able to support it and provide extra facilities for young players wishing to learn to play.

 

The January Charity Pairs

In January, the WBF joins with ECatsBridge in organizing a Charity pairs, held during the last week in January. Funds are raised for UNICEF the international Children's Charity. This event was started in 2001 following the Indonesian Tsunami, and has raised funds specifically for disasters in Pakistan and Haiti as well as for the general funding through UNICEF.

We hope as many clubs as possible will join us and help raise additional money for this amazing charity that does so much good for children all over the world. We do not set an entry fee for this event, we simply invite donations - there are no prizes, no master points, just a chance to play the same hands as everyone else across the world and upload the results to the ECatsBridge servers to see the overall results. You can also enjoy the commentaries afterwards and help some children less well off than ourselves.

To enter, all clubs need to do is to email Anna Gudge and tell her which day they wish to play and confirm the name of the club, the country and the name and email address of the person to receive the zip file. The file will be sent out about a week before the event.

 

2016 Dates

World Wide Bridge Contest

 

  • Tuesday 26 April
  • Thursday 28 April
  • Monday 9 May
  • Wednesday 11 May
  • Friday 3 June
  • Saturday 4 June
WBF Pairs Supporting Youth Bridge:
  • Monday 14 March
  • Wednesday 16 March
  • Monday 15 August
  • Wednesday 17 August
  • Monday 17  October
  • Wednesday 19 October
  • Monday 12 December
  • Wednesday 14 December