Norwegian Bridge Federation
The Norwegian Bridge Federation was founded by Inga and Odd Arnesen on 29 January 1932 ; at that time it had three member clubs. Another national bridge organisation had been founded on 30 November 1931 by Wilhelm Nickelsen; by mutual agreement, this was merged into what is now the NBF in April 1932.
It currently has 380 member clubs, divided into 25 circuits. The federation is a member of the European Bridge League, which in turn is a member organisation of the World Bridge Federation, and is also a member of the Norwegian Mind Sports Federation (Norsk Tankesportforbund). As of 2013[update] it has 9,203 registered members. In 1993, it was decided that the organisation should publish a periodical six times a year; the first issue of Norsk Bridge was published in February 1995, although since 2006 the frequency has been reduced to four times a year.
The organisation's office is at Ullevaal Stadion. Since 2008, the president has been Jan Aasen. The vice-president is Per Watz. The general secretary is Knut Brinchmann.
|Niels Marius Nielsen||1945||1950|
|Karl Fr. Dawes||1950||1954|
|Arild H. Johansen||1983||1987|
|Hans Jørgen Bakke||1987||1988|
|Per Bryde Sundseth||1991||1993|
|Arild H. Johansen||1993||1995|
Bridge in Norway
Norway is one of the top nations in bridge; the country won the world team championship in 2007, the NBF's 75th anniversary year, took silver in 1993 and 2001, and bronze in 1997, and in 2008 at the first World Mind Sports Games in Beijing won more medals than any other nation, two gold, one silver and three bronze. However, despite a "massive recruiting effort under the auspices of the NBF", the game attracts few young people and the average age of bridge club members is rising.
- "Agent med bridge i blikket: Agent Rune Hauge (52) er ikke bare interessert i fotball og penger", Bergens Tidende, 22 January 2007 (Norwegian)
- Geir Gisnås, Norsk Bridgeforbund gjennom 75 år, 2006 (pdf) (Norwegian)
- Aftenposten, 1 December 1931.
- Geographic Zones > Europe > Norway, World Bridge Federation, retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Joacim Joacim Lund, "Norske bridge-verdensmestre: Nordmennene gikk helt til topps i Shanghai", Aftenposten, 13 October 2007, updated 20 October 2011 (Norwegian)
- Christian Vennerød, "Er spill farlig? Er poker, dataspill og sjakk virkelig noe vi bør frykte?", Nettavisen, 11 June 2009 (Norwegian)
- Geir, Søndeland, "Satser på ungdomsbølge: Den ble startet samme år som Adolf Hitler ble tysk kansler og Franklin D. Roosevelt ble USAs president. Nå håper Stavanger bridgeklubb å bli truffet av en ungdomsbølge", Rogalands Avis, 4 November 2011, updated 7 November 2011 (Norwegian)