The World Bridge Federation's Executive Council has decided to raise the age requirement for Senior players to 65 over the next 8 years in accordance with the following schedule:
|Born in 1957 or earlier||for the championship in 2018|
|Born in 1958 or earlier||for the championships in 2019 and 2020|
|Born in 1959 or earlier||for the championships in 2021 and 2022|
|Born in 1960 or earlier||for the championships in 2023 and 2024|
|Born in 1961 or earlier||for the championships in 2025 and 2026|
The European Bridge League and Bridge Great Britain have changed the eligibility criteria for their Seniors competitions in line with this, and therefore the EBU will introduce this change for the Teltscher Trophy trials in December 2017 and the Senior European Trials which will take place in February 2018.
EBU Congresses/Knockout Competitions
As the change was made by the WBF at short notice, no changes will be made to the eligibility criteria for EBU Congresses/Knockout Competitions until 2019 and the criteria will 'catch up' over the first three years of the changes.
|In 2018||The current criteria: Aged at least 60, or your 60th birthday falling in 2018 (i.e. born in 1958)|
|In 2019||Aged at least 61, or your 61st birthday falling in 2019 (i.e. born in 1958)|
|In 2020||Aged at least 62, or your 62nd birthday falling in 2020 (i.e. born in 1958)|
|In 2021 & 2022||Aged at least 63, or your 63rd birthday falling in 2021/22 (i.e. born in 1958/1959)*|
|In 2023 & 2024||Aged at least 64, or your 64th birthday falling in 2023/24 (i.e. born in 1959/1960)*|
|In 2025 and onwards||Aged at least 65, or your 65th birthday falling in 2025 (i.e. born in 1960)*|
* - matches the WBF criteria