Four separate events are about to begin at the 15th World Youth Teams Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Play starts Thursday and runs until August 23.

The championship events are the National Junior Teams for the Ortiz-Patino Trophy, the National Youngsters Teams for the Damiani Cup, the National Girls Teams for the Gianarrigo Trophy and the National Kids Teams for the Koç University Trophy, which is an invitational event.

There will be free, live Vugraph coverage for the events. A schedule can be seen here.

Five teams from the United States Bridge Federation will be competing in the championships. You can read more about the teams and the team members at the USBF website. The U.S. team last won an event – the National Junior Teams – in 2006.

To find out more about the Canadian teams representing WBF Zone II click here.

The remaining teams are affiliated with the World Bridge Federation and comprise seven other geographical “zonal organizations.”

The World Youth Team Championships are held every two years. In 2012, the Netherlands team won the Juniors event, and Poland won both the Youngsters and Girls events.