2016 World Bridge Games Expanded
The WBF has announced that the 2016 World Bridge Games, to be held in Wroclaw, Poland from Sept. 3-17, will include National Mixed Team and National Mixed Pair events in addition to the previously scheduled Open, Women's and Senior Team and Pair events. Each country is entitled to send one team to each of the 4 team events. The Pair events are open to all, with the only restriction being that both players must be from the same country.
The USBF Board has not yet decided how to select a Mixed Team and whether to provide financial support for a Mixed Team. The Board is asking for input from USBF members, and has sent a link to a questionnaire to each USBF member to ask for your opinions. Click here to respond to the questionnaire if you did not receive the email. Thanks.
In order to handle player complaints about behavior and ethics at USBF Tournaments in a more efficient and flexible manner, in April, 2015 the USBF Board approved the creation of the position of USBF Recorder and President Howard Weinstein's appointment of Jack Oest to serve as the USBF's first Recorder. The exact procedures under which the Recorder is to operate will be included in a new set of Bylaws currently being drafted.
USBC Byes after Vanderbilt
With all of the events in which teams can earn byes completed, three teams - Diamond, Hamman & Fleisher - have byes to the Round of 16. No team has a deeper bye. Therefore, if 17 or more teams enter the 2015 USBC, the event will start with a Round Robin to qualify 13 teams for the Round of 16 and continue with 2 day Rounds of 16, 8, 4 and 2. If exactly 16 teams enter, the event will start with a Knockout Round of 16. If fewer than 16 teams enter, the event will start with a 2 day Round Robin to qualify 8 teams for the Quarterfinal.