Autumn Congress

19th - 21st October 2018, The Mercure Hotel, Daventry, NN11 0SG

The qualifier for the Two Star Pairs will take place on Friday in the form of a Swiss Pairs with short matches, scored by matchpoints (not VPs) and with Green Point awards for matches won. From this the top 20 pairs will qualify for the Two Stars Pairs and the next twenty for the Satellite pairs. Anyone wishing to play only on the Friday may do so.

Those who don’t qualify for the main finals, and those who choose not to play on the Friday and play only on Saturday, will play in a more traditional style of Swiss Pairs on the Saturday, with 9 x 6-board rounds scored by VPs, once again with Green Point awards for matches won.

The Two Star Pairs is also the first event in this year’s Championship Series, in which points will be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

We also have our 2-session multiple teams event on the Sunday for the Eastbourne Bowl (Premier) and the Burlington Cup (Secondary). All non-qualifiers play in the Sussex Cup.

Really Easy Afternoon.
2pm start

A relaxed duplicate pairs event for those with less experience.
This event is aimed at those with no experience of green-point events, and such players are probably below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS. It is intended as an introduction to 'congress bridge'.
The results will be stratified based on NGS grading with prizes for the overall winners, and Blue Points awarded based on the stratified results.

The event will be scored across all participating venues.

All venues will be added when they are known.

The event at each venue is open to all - EBU members and non-members alike. We may be able to accommodate individual players at the venue, so please contact us and we will try to arrange a partner.

Holders 2017

Two Stars Pairs - Jeremy Dhondy & David Kendrick
Satellite Pairs - Graham Sadie & Richard Granville
Swiss Pairs - Robert Elliott & John Sutcliffe
Really Easy Afternoon Pairs - Stephen Mattinson & Lynda Mattinson
Eastbourne Bowl (Teams main final) - Gunner Hallberg, Andrew Black, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh
Burlington Cup (Teams secondary final) - Patrick Collins, Bill Hirst, Jeremy Dhondy, David Kendrick
Sussex Cup (Consolation teams final) - Sandra Nicholson, Krys Kazmierczak, Rita Todd, Liza Furnival





Friday 19th

2.00pm - 6.00pm

Two Stars Pairs qualifier I (7 x 4-board matches, matchpointed Swiss Pairs)

2.00pm - 5:30pm

Really Easy Afternoon

7:45pm – 11:00pm

Two Stars Pairs qualifier II (6 x 4-board matches, matchpointed Swiss Pairs)

Saturday 20th

11:00am – 2:15pm

Two Stars & Satellite Pairs finals (session 1) (8 x 3-board rounds)

11:00am – 2:15pm

Swiss Pairs, session 1 (4 x 6-board matches)

2:45pm – 7:15pm

Two Stars & Satellite Pairs finals (session 2) (11 x 3-board rounds with a tea break)

2:45pm – 7:00pm

Swiss Pairs, session 2 (5 x 6-board matches with a tea break)

Sunday 21st

11:00am – 2:15pm

Teams-of-Four Championships (qualifying round: 24 boards)

3:00pm – 6:45pm

Teams-of-Four finals (Eastbourne Bowl & Burlington Cup: 27 boards)

3:00pm – 6:15pm

Sussex Cup (for non-qualifiers: 24 boards)

Entry Fees


Full Congress



Two Star Pairs



One-day Swiss Pairs (Friday)



One-day Swiss Pairs (Saturday)



Multiple Teams



Swiss Pairs (Friday.) plus Teams



Swiss Pairs (Saturday.) plus Teams



Really Easy Afternoon


Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance.

Master Points

All events are fully Green Pointed based on rounds/matches won, except the Really Easy Afternoon, for which Blue Points are awarded.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events, except the Really Easy Afternoon, which is level 2.

Venue and Tariff

The Mercure Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN11 0SG

In order to take advantage of the following rates book via the EBU Accommodation Booking Service and call Bridge Overseas Freephone on: 0800 0346 246

Rates for 2018

DB&B £69 sharing; £79 single

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