The WBF President Awarded Honorary Citizenship
On 25th July each year, on the occasion of St James Day, the patron of Opatija, the City celebrates by awarding its personalities of the year the St James Medal.
The official public ceremony was held this year at the Royal Hotel and chaired by the Opatija Mayor Ivo Dujmic, in the presence of the City and Regional Authorities, during which our World Bridge Family was honoured with two prestigious awards.
The Opatija City Council bestowed Honorary Citizenship on the World Bridge Federation President Gianarrigo Rona, awarding him the St James Medal, which was also awarded to the Opatija Bridge Association and its President Goran Grguric.
THE 2016 WORLD BRIDGE GAMES, WROCLAW, POLAND
The 2016 World Bridge Games will be staged in Wroclaw, Poland, from 2nd - 17th September at the magnificent Hala Stulecia, or Centennial Hall
The WBF looks forward to welcoming teams and pairs from all over the world to this exciting event
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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.
Contract between WBF and FFB for Lyon 2017 signed
At a meeting held on 16th June at the Headquarters of the French Bridge Federation the contract between WBF and FFB for the organisation of both the World Teams Championships (BB, VC, d'OST and WTOC) and the World Open Youth Championships was signed.
The Championships are to be held in Lyon respectively with the World Teams running from 12th to 26th August and the Youth Championships from 15th to 24th August.
The meeting was attended by Gianarrigo Rona, Patrick Grenthe (FFB President), Marc De Pauw, José Damiani, Eric Remy (FFB General Director), Jean-Philippe Daublain, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Christine Francin (FFB International Relations).
The 2018 Asian Games admits Bridge
On June 14th in Jakarta the Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA) has decided to include Bridge in the 2018 Asian Games to be held in Indonesia. This is a very exciting development and major step forward for bridge in its bid for inclusion in future Olympic Games.
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WBF Management Meeting
The WBF Management Committee met in Italy last week with all members present except Patrick Choy who was unable to attend. Read more ...
WAN LI 1916 - 2015
The WBF has received a letter from the Chinese Contract Bridge Association, advising them of the death of Wan Li, a great supporter and lover of bridge.
Click here to read the letter and the response from José Damiani, WBF President Emeritus
Omar Sharif 1932 - 2015
The Bridge World is saddened to learn that Omar Sharif, actor and bridge player died yesterday of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital. Omar Sharif, the Franco-Arabic actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago(1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt. Of Lebanese and Syrian extraction, the young Michel was raised a Roman Catholic. He was educated at Victoria College in Alexandria and took a degree in mathematics and physics from Cairo University with a major. After graduating from university, he entered the family lumber business.
He developed an interest in acting and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.Not only a famous actor, renowned for many iconic films,he was also a fine sportsman, representing Egypt at football, but his passion was bridge.
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We have suffered yet another great loss to our bridge family!
Fulvio Colizzi, who worked with us for more than twenty years, has passed away. Fulvio was the person responsible for the organisation of the Main office at every European and World event from the Olympiad in 1992 until Lille in 2012 after which he continued to co-ordinate the main Equipment Section in Milan, preparing everything needed for our many Championships.
Click here to read the tribute to Fulvio from Gianarrigo Rona
Zonal Championships & Elections
Zone 3 (South America) Championships and Elections : Read more ...
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Zone 5 (CAC) Championships and Meetings : Read more ...
Zone 6 (APBF) Championships and Elections: Read more ...
UPDATED MASTER POINT RANKINGS
The latest WBF Master Point rankings can all be found by clicking here
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