Report No. 86

PREMIER LEAGUE ARRANGEMENTS

The Premier League will be held on the two weekends of October 19-20 and November 2-3 in the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.

There are nine teams; each round will see four matches and each team will sit out one match each weekend.  The alternative of playing double rounds in groups of three teams, each team playing two matches, was considered, but this causes problems of timing, less comparisons for each board, seating rights and security.

Each match will be 11 boards, with likely timing as follows.

Saturday: 1130-1300, 1310-1440, lunch, 1530-1700, 1710-1840, 1850-2020
Sunday: 1030-1200, 1210-1340, lunch, 1420-1550, 1600-1730.

Systems and conventions will be as laid down in the Camrose regulations.  Screens will be in use at all tables on both weekends.

The draw has now been made as follows:

  1. Missing team   2. Salisbury   3. Plackett   4. Davis   5. Pitts  6. Jarvis    7. Murphy     8. Birt     9. Wennell      10. D Jones

The first weekend order for sitting out will be 4, 3, 2, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5.  The second weekend order for sitting out will be 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.  The full draw is being emailed to captains.

Sarah Amos will direct. Table money for each weekend is expected to be £180 for a team of 4 plus £30 for each additional player involved that weekend. Light refreshments will be provided on both days.

Report No. 85

LADY MILNE TROPHY  2020

The Lady Milne Trophy (Home Internationals for women) will be held on 17th to 19th April 2020 in England (venue TBC).

The trial to help select the Wales team will be held on the weekend of 25th and 26th January at Crossgates Community Centre near Llandrindod Wells.

Applications are invited from pairs, members of which must be WBU members and eligible to represent Wales in this event. The winning pair will be guaranteed selection for the Lady Milne. The other two pairs will be chosen by the selectors, with the trial result taken into account along with other performances.

Applications to compete in this trial should be made to Tony Disley (emerd@talktalk.net), who is coordinating these trials on behalf of the selectors. The closing date for applications is Saturday 30th November.

There is no entry fee for the trial, but table money will be charged to cover costs.

Report No. 84

TELTSCHER TROPHY  2020

The Teltscher Trophy (‘Senior Camrose’) will be held on 15th to 17th May 2020 in the Republic of Ireland (venue TBC).

The trial to help select the Wales team will be held on the weekend of 1st and 2nd of February, at Crossgates Community Centre near Llandrindod Wells.

Applications are invited from teams of four.  All members of a team must be WBU members and eligible to represent Wales in this event (Players in the Teltscher Trophy must attain the age of 62 before or during the calendar year 2020, that is born in or before 1958). The winning team will be guaranteed selection for the Teltscher Trophy.  The other pair will be chosen by the selectors, with the trial result taken into account along with other performances.

Applications to compete in this trial should be made to Alan Stephenson (alandst56@gmail.com), who is coordinating these trials on behalf of the selectors.  The closing date for applications is Saturday 30th November.

There is no entry fee for the trial, but table money will be charged to cover costs.

Report No. 83

EUROPEAN AND WORLD EVENTS 2020

The 55th European National Team Championships will be held in Funchal, Madeira from 17th to 27th June 2020.  There are Open, Women, Senior and Mixed Teams Championships. The Women’s & Senior Teams will be preceded by Women & Senior Pairs Championships from 17th to 20th June. Wales is entitled to send one team to play in each team event as well as pairs for the pairs events.

2020 should also see the WBF organising the World Bridge Games (previously called Bridge Olympiads).  This usually happens in late summer or early autumn.

Anyone interested in representing Wales in the above events should contact the selectors (via Mike Tedd, email mdt@aber.ac.uk). Application may be made by pairs or, if preferred, by teams of four or more.  Pairs applying should list their main achievements over the last few years.

Expressions of interest for the Open Team should be made by Saturday 30th November.  Expressions of interest for the other teams or the pairs events should be made by Sunday 2nd February 2020.

Selection for these teams will be guided by performance in the relevant WBU trials as well as past achievements.

There is no WBU financial support guaranteed for any teams, although some sponsorship may be available, and if there is sufficient interest of a suitable standard the selectors will be prepared to make the case to WBU management for at least some measure of funding.