The World Wide Bridge Contest
Welcome to the pages about the World Wide Bridge Contest - the biggest Simultaneous Pairs that we run!
24 Pairs will qualify from the 2018 heats, to attend the final which will be held in either Shanghai or Sanya from 26th - 28th October with players arriving on 25th and departing on 29th. There will be a subsidy for travel expenses (800 US$ for players coming from Asia – 1200 US$ for players coming from other continents), free B&B accommodation and a great prize fund!
The 2018 World Wide Bridge Contest heats will be played on eight different days
with simultaneous pairs being held on:
Tuesday 27th March & Thursday 29th March
Tuesday 24th April & Thursday 26th April
Monday 7th May & Wednesday 9th May
Friday 1st June & Saturday 2nd June
Clubs may play in any number of heats - they do not have to play every event.
Bed and breakfast accommodation will be provided free of charge for four nights (from 25th - 29th October) based on two players sharing a double room. Additional accommodation or single rooms will be charged at the hotel rate.
The final will have a prize fund of US$ 20,000
WBF Year Points will be awarded to the winning pairs from each heat.
WBF Master Points will be awarded for the Final.
The 24 winning pairs will be selected as follows:
- the winning pair and second placed pair from each of the eight simultaneous pairs events (16 pairs), then
- The winners from each Continent (Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Oceania) not having won or been placed second in an individual session PROVIDED they have scored over 55% then
- The highest scoring pairs in 3rd place in any session to complete the required number of pairs in the final provided they are not already eligible as a result of being a winner of one of the six tournaments or a "continental" winner.
The entry fee remains unchanged at just US$2, £1.50 GBP or €1.80 per player per event. Payment instructions will be sent with the information to the participating clubs.
The commentary will be provided via email - the cost of printing and distributing the booklets would mean that we would have to raise the price considerably and that would make the event much more expensive for the participants. So instead we will be providing the commentary as a downloadable PDF file after the event.
Do join us for this event, which is enormously good fun and gives you the chance to compete against other pairs from all over the world - a rare opportunity indeed. Because it is scored using the ECatsBridge system, you get masses of information showing you exactly how you fared on the night. You can watch as clubs upload from all around the world, and get the "buzz" of excitement as the scores change. Clubs can enter one or more heats and players can play at different clubs on different days (obviously not twice on the same day!). Players must not pass on details of the hands to anyone or any club playing later in the day and must not play twice at different clubs.
Clubs will be able to pay in US Dollars, Euro or British Pounds, making payment simple. Cheques in British Pounds are also fine. Click Here to email Anna for more information.
Click here for last years' results so you can see how they are displayed and the wealth of information generated for them.