Competition summary

A summary of EBU congresses and competitions.

The Summer Meeting

The EBU’s flagship event, traditionally held over ten days in August.

In 2018 it will not be possible to hold the event in Eastbourne, so a Summer Festival, partly held in London, will take place. More details are available here.

The 2017 event in Eastbourne featured the following:

The Summer Meeting
The full congress, including pairs and teams competitions, a Seniors Congress, the Under-26 Championship Pairs, seminars and TD training courses.
Weekend Challenge Events
The flagship events for those looking for an intensive long weekend of bridge. They take place across three days, with enhanced Green Points available to reflect the prestigious nature of the competition. If you are looking for an intensive weekend of quality bridge, these are the events for you.
One Day Events
One-day events for those wanting to take part in the Summer Meeting, but with less time commitment to allow greater flexibility. These are one- or two-session events, and some evening events have earlier start times to allow for an earlier finish.
Really Easy Congress*
Comprises lessons and play session for those who have recently learnt to play, or with little experience of ‘congress bridge’. Held during the main Summer Meeting.

Other Congresses

All congresses comprise pairs and teams events, and are open to all, unless otherwise stated.

Autumn Congress - October, near Reading
Blackpool Year End Congress - December, Blackpool
Eastbourne Summer Seniors Congress - July, Eastbourne
For those aged 60 and over only.
Easter Festival, London
English Riviera Congress - June, Torquay
Great Northern Swiss Pairs * - October, Leeds
The event is run by the YCBA on behalf of the EBU. The event is Swiss Pairs only.
Guernsey Bridge Congress - September
Harrogate Spring Congress * - February
The event is run by the YCBA on behalf of the EBU.
Lambourne Jersey Festival - April
National Point-a-Board Teams - January, London
A full congress scored using only the Point-a-Board (sometimes called Board-a-Match or BAM). See the event webpage for details on the scoring and tactics involved.
National Swiss Teams Congress - May, Solihull
The event is run by Warwickshire CBA on behalf of the EBU. The event is Swiss Teams only.
Northern Easter Festival * - Ilkley (Yorkshire)
Northern Midweek Congress - August, Harrogate (venue change for 2017)
Ranked Masters Pairs - February, Solihull
A group of pairs championships for which an appropriate EBU Master Point Rank is needed to enter
Scarborough Summer Congress - July
Schapiro Spring Foursomes - April/May, Stratford-upon-Avon
A teams event, run on double-elimination lines, with a secondary event for those eliminated early. Possibly the leading, toughest, and best event on the EBU calendar.
Seniors Congress - November, Reading
For those aged 60 and over only.
Southern Midweek Congress - This event has been cancelled for 2017
Spring Bank Holiday Congress - May, Stratford-upon-Avon
Year End Congress, London - December

Events with Local/Regional Heats

Masters Pairs - February
Pairs event for players below the rank of Regional Master. Held at several venues around the country and scored simultaneously across all.
National Pairs - Regional Finals, March; National Finals, April, Daventry
The event starts with a number of regional finals which are open to all, with the leading pairs then competing in the national finals.
Portland Pairs - March
A Mixed Pairs event held at various venues and match pointed over the entire field.

Knockout competitions

BGB Gold Cup
Open teams of four. Entry permitted from all home nations
Silver Plate
The consolation competition for those knocked out at an early stage of the Gold Cup. Entry to the Gold Cup is required.
Crockfords Cup
Open teams of four.
Gerard Faulkner Salver
Open teams of four. All players must be over 60.
Hubert Phillips Bowl
Mixed pivot teams of four
National Inter-Club Knockout (NICKO)
Open teams of four. All team members must belong to the same club.
Online Knockout Teams
A teams of four event played exclusively online. Entry is open to members of all home nation bridge unions
Portland Bowl
British university teams of four competition.

County representative events

Events open to representatives from each County Association of the EBU

Corwen Trophy - June, Northampton
For the leading pairs in the current pairs championship of each County Association. The number of pairs permitted from each County depends on the number of members.
Garden Cities Trophy - May, regional; June - Solihull
Entry is open to the holders of the Inter-Club teams-of-eight championship of each County Association.
Pachabo Cup - June, Daventry
Entry is open only to the holders of the teams-of-four Championship of each County Association.
Tollemache Cup - Qualiyfing round, November, Solihull; Final, February, Solihull
The inter-county championships for teams of eight.

Holidays

Andalucia Congress - October 2018
A week-long congress sponsored by Bridge Overseas near Cadiz in Andalucia, Spain. Attendance at the congress is exclusive to delegates booking their accommodation with Bridge Overseas.
Budapest Congress - February 2018
A week-long congress sponsored by Bridge Overseas in Budapest, Hungary. Attendance at the congress is exclusive to delegates booking their accommodation with Bridge Overseas.
Really Easy Weekend - October 2017 - Hilton Hotel, Warwick; April 2018 - Wroxton House Hotel;
A weekend ‘house party’ designed for more experienced novice players of up to 5 years experience. The emphasis on this weekend is on play with four bridge sessions and an instructional session on Saturday morning.


Really Easy Events and competitions for 'inexperienced' players

Really Easy events are usually intended for those who are comfortable playing club bridge, but have little or no experience of 'congress bridge'.

Really Easy Afternoons
These are part of congresses, and are aimed at those who wish to sample the 'congress atmosphere' before playing in the main events. 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 structure of the format of these competitions is under review, and more information will be be available on these in due course.


Really Easy Weekend - October 2017 - Hilton Hotel, Warwick; April 2018 - Wroxton House Hotel;
A weekend ‘house party’ designed for more experienced novice players of up to 5 years experience. The emphasis on this weekend is on play with four bridge sessions and an instructional session on Saturday morning.
Really Easy Congress at the Summer Meeting
Comprises lessons and play session for those who have recently learnt to play, or with little experience of ‘congress bridge’. Held during the main Summer Meeting - please note that the arrangements for 2018 have not yet been confirmed (see the Summer Meeting section above).

Three congresses are run by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU, and at each of these there is an 'improvers' event. Please see the event webpage for details, and make entries directly to the YCBA.