The WBU is its members and the members are the WBU. We are the WBU and it is up to all of us to make the organisation the best it can possibly be.
We all love bridge – most of us have been playing for a long time, though there are a few more recent captives too. You all know someone for whom the game is a lifeline, keeping them in touch with the outside world and giving them an inexpensive way of keeping their mind active and having a great social life.
For others the intellectual stimulation is what it is all about – the challenge of mastering the cards, the opponents and their partner is all consuming (sometimes to the detriment of their table manners!)
The Bridge world is changing in all areas, competition entries are dwindling, and players seem to be reluctant to go away to play for a weekend although the same people seem to be happy to take holidays with or without bridge. We need to look at what we are offering our members and to change things that are not working. We have already begun to reorganise National Competitions and welcome any input from members regarding these. We are considering returning to the old format of moving finals around the country so that at least some years you won’t have to travel so far. We are also looking at simultaneous sessions so finals could be multi-centred.
We must try to encourage more youngsters to take up the game. It was recently pointed out to me that virtually none of the current top level players in Britain started playing bridge after the age of 21. Unless we address the shortage of Junior players in a few years we run out of top level players. Mini bridge is a great way into the game and all of us could teach our children, grand children or other family members in an afternoon.
We all love the game of bridge and have received a huge amount of entertainment, satisfaction, frustration and I hope a not inconsiderable measure of joy from playing. So spread the joy, teach your family, help your bridge club, volunteer for the WBU, join in and help others to feel the joy too.
You will be aware of the possible implications for the WBU following the resignation of our Chief Executive.
This resignation came as no surprise to me and I know that others have been considering their positions. Post holders and volunteers doing their best wither under a constant onslaught of complaints from some of our members harbouring a narrow self interest or plain vindictiveness and prejudice.
We cannot have a knee jerk reaction to this and a reasonable time span for proper discussion is required. The WBU Council and MC must work together and plan for the future. We must encourage our volunteers at National, Area and Club level and show that they are valued. Many of our chattering classes are actually advocating that Wales joins the EBU as County Associations. I am quite certain that even if the EBU would consider such a proposal, its augmentation would be blocked by EBL statutes. I for one, and I am certainly not alone, would muster a considerable rebellion against any such move.
Those who run down the WBU without just cause are walking on the fighting side of me!
I must say that I find it difficult when members of the WBU choose to register their Master Points with the English Bridge Union rather than with their home NBO.
As an interim solution I have spoken to Alan and offered to share the CEO workload and responsibilities whilst the WBU Council and MC decide on a strategy for going forward and what they expect from an incoming CEO. Alan has agreed to extend his notice period and we are prepared to work together for an initial three months to allow proper discussion and the drafting of a plan for the future. This may still not be sufficient time but I hope that this offer will prove acceptable to members of both Council and MC.
I am a long-serving Scorer at Lisvane Bridge Club, Cardiff.
Over the years we have used several different Scoring software packages the more recent being Scorebridge/Bridgemates and BOS/Pairscorer/Bridgetab with 7 inch Tablets.
Recently we changed to Bridgescore/Bridgepal which can be used with 4 inch mobile phones and/or 7 inch tablets.
In my opinion this is the best scoring software available and has the additional advantage that it is free – no licences etc.
Our evaluation takes no account of the fact that it is free – the assessment is based purely on performance.
It is exceptionally well designed and thus very easy to use.
It has one very useful feature and that is the ability to create Custom Movements – those that you club uses week in week out. Movement entry thus becomes a one-click operation – no need to put in variables like number of boards, number of rounds, number and timing of arrow switches. This means that the possibility of making mistakes at this stage is virtually eliminated.
One other excellent feature is the ease of restarting. Again this is a one-click operation – none of the hassle of having to reset Bridgetabs etc.
We would urge you to have a good look at this software – I am sure that you will not regret it.
You can download the software from the following site:
I have no vested interest in connection with this software.
Electronic scoring has been available for Bridge for over ten years now.
It has always needed specialist equipment on the Bridge table and connected to the computer and this has tended to be expensive.
Two out of the three systems that I have tried are listed below.
BridgeTab by Jannersten
Bridgetab does not need any specialist equipment; it uses Android tablets to connect to the computer. Any Android device is suitable and are priced from as low as £35. A five table fully configured setup with support is £650.
The advantage goes far beyond cost.
- The screens are large and in colour and therefore so much easier to read. The dedicated devices are small and monochrome.
- They use intuitive touch screen technology which so many people are already used to and there is very little training needed in their use.
- Support and supply in Wales by Keith Butler.
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This is the Freeware Wireless Scoring software provided by
John and Mirna Goacher.
- From the writers of BridgeSolver and BridgeScore comes this excellent program for scoring using Android tablets or Android phones.
- Tried and tested with excellent documentation, a Forum and friendly support and with no license or purchase costs; a six table setup can be put in place for around £250. Or use your existing tablets or Android phones and incur no costs!
- Export files to Bridgewebs, WBU, EBU, & more, Import Name & movement files.
- Fully personalised for the Welsh Bridge Union and with a built in scoring program for Pairs or Teams this is the system in use at Rhayader, Llandrindod and Cardigan in Wales, plus many Clubs in the UK and with more in the pipeline.
- Support and supply of hardware in Wales by Red Kite Bridge.
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Alternative Android systems include:-