Bridge Tournaments

What is Duplicate Bridge? Duplicate bridge is the most widely used variation of contract bridge played in clubs and at bridge tournaments. It is called duplicate because the same bridge deal (i.e. the specific arrangement of the 52 cards into the four hands) is played at each table and scoring is based on how well you did on the hand as compared to everyone else who played it.

For each such board the score achieved by each North-South (NS) pair is then measured against all the other NS pairs playing the same board. Thus pairs are rewarded for playing the same cards better than others have played them. There is a predetermined schedule of fixtures depending on the number of pairs and boards to be played, to ensure a good mix of opponents, and that no pair plays the same board or the same opponents twice. (Source: Wikipedia)

2020 Face-to-Face Bridge Tournaments were cancelled due to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic.

Below you’ll find links to online bridge tournaments as well as a tournament listing for January and February – with results of events that were held prior to the pandemic.

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Global Events

EBU: The Online Summer Meeting – “Virtual Eastbourne”. Aug 1 -8, 2020. https://blog.bridgebase.com/2020/07/20/ebu-the-online-summer-meeting-virtual-eastbourne/North American Online Bridge Championships: July 23–August 2, 2020. The ACBL, in partnership with Bridge Base Online and Bridge Winners, proudly announces the 2020 Summer North American Online Bridge Championships. Full details are now available. nabc.acbl.org/naobc/

The E-open : A new online tournament providing high quality vugraph. Aug 31 – Sept 20. Luc Bellicaud, Stefan Skorchev and I are pleased to present The E-open, an online tournament aimed at all bridge lovers. https://www.eopenbridge.com/

Read our interview with Bellicaud and Skorchev here – >>

Reynolds Knockouts – TD Tom Reynolds has been organising monthly knockout tournaments and quarterly double elimination knockouts since April. Information can be found at http://www.reynoldsteammatches.com

Alt Invitationals – Invitational tournaments, usually lasting five-seven days, have been organised since April by bid72 and netbridge.online. To date, there have been six Alt Invitationals and two Alt Mixed events (all comprising eight teams) and one Alt Major (32 teams). Information can be found at https://bid72/events. Each event has a daily bulletin.

OCBL – The Online Contract Bridge League organises Open and Mixed events. Details can be found at https://ocbl.org

Bridgehouse – This new organisation is now arranging online team events with daily bulletins and pretty hefty registration fees. Information can be found at https://bridgehouse.club

Online Women’s Bridge – Sylvia Shi – Is organising a women’s team tournament. See onlinewomensbridge.com for more information

ACBL Virtual Club Games! Introducing the new way to play “at the club” these games will allow your local club to create a private, online playing space just for you and your fellow club members. Only those who have previously played at the club can enter that specific club’s game. Be on the lookout for future announcements from your local club. You could soon be gathering for your regular game, just online.

Bridge Winners Online Charity Team League –
Beginning April 20, Bridge Winners will start hosting its first online bridge league. Read about it here – >

Tournament for the Mortals.
Lockdown globally has had a major impact on Bridge players. A lot of people want to play quality tournament online, against quality opponents. Online tournaments are gaining lot of acceptability as well as demand. Find out more – >

WBF – Cancelled the 2020 Online World Championship until such time as a live final can be played. See https://www.worldbridge.org

ACBL – Has been organising pair events on BBO for some years now and is now facilitating small tournaments and club play. Their first online regional, held over 4 days, had 5237 tables! Visit https://www.acbl.org.

WBF Zonal Organisations

The South American Bridge Federation ran an open online teams championship last month (see http://www.csbnews.org); others will undoubtedly follow suit. Check the Zonal websites for information.

National Bridge Organiations – Many National Bridge Organisations, including the USBF (https://www.usbf.org), Canadian Bridge Federation (https://www.cbf.ca) and Israeli Bridge Federation (https://www.bridge.co.il) have organised, or are in the process of organising, online events. Check the NBO websites for specifics. Use the links above or visit the WBF page of National Bridge Organizations to find something in your part of the world

Key Event Links

Bridge Base Online (BBO) – All of the online tournaments named above are on BBO at this link ->

BridgeScanner has a list of events and tournament news items at this link ->

Bridge Winners is a forum for bridge players and organizers around the world. Find it  at this link ->

2020

JANUARY

Jan 8-19 Summer Festival of Bridge Canberra, Australia www.abf.com.au
Jan 13-22 78th International Tournament St. Moritz, Switzerland www.bridge-stmoritz.ch
Jan 23-26 4th Antalya Bridge Festival Antalya, Turkey www.antalyabrickulubu.com
Jan 23-26 Winter in Vienna. Vienna, Austria www.bridgecentrum.at
Jan 24-26 52nd Cork Bridge Congress Cork, Ireland corkbridgecongress@gmail.com
Jan 25-31 60th Bermuda Regional Southampton, Bermuda www.bermudaregional.com
Jan 30-Feb 2 Reykjavik Bridge Festival Reykjavik, Iceland www.reykjavikbridgefestival.com


FEBRUARY

Feb 5-11 EBU Overseas Congress Rome, Italy www.ebu.co.uk
Feb 10-15 29th Sun, Sea & Slams Barbados www.barbadosbridge.org
Feb 17-23 Biarritz Winter Festival Biarritz, France www.biarritz-hiver.com
Feb 20 Keep Bridge Alive Pro-Am London, England www.worldbridge.org
Feb 20-23 XIX Slava Cup Moscow, Russia www.slavacup.com
Feb 20-25 33rd Cairo International Festival Cairo, Egypt www.egyptbridge.org
Feb 21-29 59th Gold Coast Congress Broadbeach, Australia www.qldbridge.com.au
Feb 26-Mar 1 43rd International Festival Budapest, Hungary www.ibbf.hu
Feb 27-Mar 1 Delhi Gymkhana India Open New Delhi, India www.bfi.net.in
Feb 28-Mar 8 3rd European Winter Games Monte Carlo, Monaco www.wintergames.bridgemonaco.com


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