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)
Face-to-Face Bridge Tournaments have been discontinued until the end of 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.
ONLINE TOURNAMENT OFFERINGS
This is a listing of online tournament websites. You can also find daily tournaments offered through the online play platforms listed on our Play Online Page here -> Further down this page, we list news and updates for events and results.
Bridge Base Online Events – https://news.bridgebase.com/category/events/
ALT Invitational Events – https://alt.bridgeresults.org/
World Bridge Tour – https://www.worldbridgetour.org/event-calendar
Bridge Zone – http://www.bridgezone.org/logins/default.asp
Reynolds Team Matches – https://www.reynoldsteammatches.com/
OCBL (Online Contract Bridge League) – https://www.ocbl.org/
Bridgehouse – https://bridgehouse.club
ONLINE BRIDGE EVENT NEWS
The 2021 WBF Women’s Online Spring Festival starts on Monday, April 12, and continues until Sunday, April 18 on Bridge Base Online. All women welcome to join. The sponsors of this festival are WBF and BBOItalia. Scores here –
The USBF does not expect to be sending teams to a World Championship in August of 2021, and has therefore postponed the USBF Selection Trials (USBCs) despite the fact that the WBF has not yet officially postponed the 2021 World Championships. Read more here ->
The EBL is disappointed to announce that, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation disimproving in so many countries, the EBL National Team Championships planned for June 2021 in Madeira have been cancelled. Read more here ->
ACBL Announces Timeline for return to Face to Face Play. The road back to face-to-face bridge has been a long one, but we do see a light at the end of the tunnel. Read more on Bridge Winners here ->
ACBL ONLINE EVENTS 2021 Click here for pdf
Bridge Winners runs Club Games on Real Bridge – Weekly. Single Session. 2 Hours. $3 per person. Juniors play free. Read about it here – >
New: World Bridge Tour. Fairness. Adaptation. Integrity. Respect. Founded by Thomas Charlsen and Boye Brogeland. World Bridge Tour (WBT) consists of online top level team tournaments organised by OCBL, ALT, E-Open and World Bridge Holding. Challengers Cup (CC) consists of online team tournaments organised by World Bridge Holding https://www.worldbridgetour.org/. | Calendar of events here
BridgeZone’s Swiss Pairs event, The Gauntlet, is open for registration. – It is an 8-round event of one match per week, 20 boards against your opponent for that week, scored by IMPs converted to VPs Signing up and playing requires creating a login on our website, www.bridgezone.org Play will begin on or around November 1. Complete rules are on the website.
Bridge Zone Joust is a monthly single elimination tournament with a progressive consolation. Starts on the 1sts 6th of each month and first round matches have 10 days to complete. Each round is a minimum of 28 board match. (longer in the semifinals and finals)
Reynolds Team Matches – 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
World’s Best: The Polish Bridge Union (pzbs.pl) and the Canadian Bridge Federation (cbf.ca) cosponsored the Transatlantic Online Seniors Championship for national teams Jan. 18-Feb. 7, 2021 on BBO. Visit website here – > The field was probably the strongest ever seen in the Internet – participants held together 203 titles of World and Zonal champions + 359 silver and bronze medals. You can also watch on Twitch
ALT Invitational tournaments, usually lasting five-seven days, have been organised since April by bid72 and netbridge.online. Read about Alt’s plans for 2021 on Bridge Winners here ->
Full schedule of ALT events (two per month) can be found here ->
The Alt Team has the honour to introduce to you the New Alt Competition which starts in January 2021 and will consist of 10 independent team tournaments being played once a month. Each tournament will be played during one week from Monday to Friday from 10:00 EDT (16:00 CET) till 15:00 EDT (21:00 CET); approximately 32 boards per day. We anticipate our sessions to not overlap with other popular open category events. Please kindly note the dates of all tournaments:04 – April 26-30
05 – May 24-28
06* – June 21-25
07* – August 23-27
08* – September 20-24
09* – October 25-29
10* – November 8-12
reserve – December 13-17
* subject to confirmation
OCBL Events 2021
The Online Contract Bridge League. https://ocbl.org
THE IBPA GUIDE TO ONLINE BRIDGE (April 2021)
WBF – Details of the 2021 World Team Championships and the 2021 Youth World Team Championships are
under consideration. See http://wwwworldbridge.org
ACBL – Has both pair and team events online on BBO. See https://www.acbl.org and https://www.bridgebase.com
Hopes to begin live bridge again in 2021. The St. Louis Spring NABC has been cancelled; the Providence Summer
NABC has been moved to 2022; the Austin Fall NABC is currently scheduled to be held face-to-face.
EBL – Has cancelled the live 2021 European Championships in June in Madeira. They may hold an online
Championship to qualify for a putative World Championship – see www.eurobridge.org.
Zonal Organisations – Some Zones of the World Bridge Federation have run and will continue to run online
championships until the pandemic ends. Check the Zonal websites for information.
NBOs – Many National Bridge Organisations have organised, and are continuing to organise, online events for
their own members. Check the NBO websites for specifics. Sweden plans to hold the Swedish Festival in
Örebro live in July 2021. See https://www.svenskbridge.se/eng/nyheter. The USBF has postponed its 2021 Trials.
Reynolds Knockouts – TD Tom Reynolds has been organising monthly knockout tournaments and quarterly
double elimination knockouts since April, 2020. Information can be found at http://www.reynoldsteammatches.com
Alt Invitationals – Invitational tournaments, usually lasting five to seven days, have been organised since April
by bid72 and netbridge.online. To date, there have been Alt Invitationals (open team tournaments), Alt Mixed
events (all comprising eight teams), Alt Majors (32 teams) and an Alt BAM. Information can be found at https://
bid72/events. Each event has a daily bulletin. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation (Jan van den Hoek).
OCBL – The Online Contract Bridge League organises Open and Mixed events. Details can be found at https:/
/ocbl.org. OCBL also produces a daily journal. See also https://www.worldbridgetour.org
Bridgehouse – This organisation is arranging online team events with daily bulletins. Information can be found
All of the online tournaments named above are on BBO (https://www.bridgebase.com/) or RealBridge (https:/
/realbridge.online). Other useful sites: https://bridgescanner.com and https://bridgewinners.com
Anyone organising an online tournament can submit details to Marek Wójcicki at email@example.com
for inclusion on the IBPA website (www.ibpa.com)
Read more about BIC and ACBL events on the new Bridge Base Online newsfeed here ->
The E-open : Online tournament providing high quality vugraph. 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/
Information and news with NCBOs around the world.
ACBL NABC Fall Robot Individual Nov 21-23. Fall NABC Nov 30-Dec 6.
Online Women’s Bridge – Sylvia Shi – Is organising a women’s team tournament. See onlinewomensbridge.com for more information
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.
National Bridge Organizations – 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
FISU has announced that the 2022 FISU World University Championship Mind Sports will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, from 12th to 17th September 2022.
Key Event Links
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 ->
BIC and ACBL events on the new Bridge Base Online newsfeed here ->
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 25-31 60th Bermuda Regional Southampton, Bermuda www.bermudaregional.com
Jan 30-Feb 2 Reykjavik Bridge Festival Reykjavik, Iceland www.reykjavikbridgefestival.com
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