20th - 29th August 2015

The World Youth Open Championships in Opatija has drawn to a close, with the last medals being presented and everyone heading home. Without doubt an excellent and very successful event, enjoyed by all the participants. We have created a Flickr album with photographs from the event which you can find by clicking here or by going to our Facebook page

Links to the pages about the Championships:

Chennai World Bridge Teams Championship 2015 Logo


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.

Presentation in OpatijaThe 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.

Wroclaw Banner


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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Contract between WBF and FFB for Lyon 2017 signed

Singing the contractAt 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

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 with his kibitzersOmar 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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Fulvio ColizziFulvio Colizzi

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 ...

Zone 4 (BFAME) Championships and Elections : Read more ...

Zone 5 (CAC) Championships and Meetings : Read more ...

Zone 6 (APBF) Championships and Elections: Read more ...


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WBF & Zonal Events

WBF International Events
World Youth Open Championships
Opatija, Croatia
20 - 29 August 2015
World Bridge Teams Championships
Chennai, India
26 Sept - 10 Oct 2015
World Youth Team Championships
Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy
3 - 13 August 2016
World Bridge Games
Wroclaw, Poland
2 - 17 September
World Teams Championship
Lyon, France
12 - 26 August
World Youth Open Championship
Lyon, France
This Championship will take place during the 2nd week of the World Teams Championship
World Bridge Series
Orlando, USA
22 September - 6 October

Note that the above events are all WBF International Events as defined in the WBF's Anti-Doping Rules.


Zonal & other Championships
ACBL North American Summer Championships
Chicago, IL
6th - 16th August 2015
ACBL North American Fall Championships
Denver. Colorado
26 November - 6 December 2015
ACBL North American Spring Championships
Reno NV
10 - 20 March 2016
APBF Congress
15 - 25 April 2016
Ditan Gymnasium, Beijing
European Team Championships
Venue TBA
Open Teams: 16 - 25 June 2016
Women's/Senior Teams:19 - 15 June 2016
ACBL North American Summer Championships
Washington DC
21 - 31 July 2016
ACBL North American Fall Championships
Orlando FL
24 November - 4 December
ACBL North American Spring Championships
Kansas City MO
9 - 19 March 2017
European Open Team Championships
Venue: TBA
10 - 24 June 2017
ACBL North American Summer Championships
Toronto ON
21 - 31 July 2017
ACBL North American Fall Championships
San Diego CA
23 November - 3 December

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