We run a number of events for less experienced players, intended as an introduction to more competitive bridge. There is no lower limit, other than the player being comfortable playing unassisted, although in some cases the field may be a little stronger than others, so particularly inexperienced players may be a bit too far out of their 'comfort zone'. The upper limit on a players experience may vary based on the specific event, but in general they will have only been playing the game for a few years, and have little or no experience of ‘tournament bridge’. Players are probably below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS. In some instances a more experienced player may partner a novice – please check with us prior to entering.
Really Easy Afternoons
These are held as part of some of our congresses, and are intended as a relaxed duplicate pairs event for those with less experience and who are not yet ready to play in the 'main event'.
As it is intended as an introduction to 'congress bridge' the 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 scale.
The congresses at which a Really Easy Afternoon takes place are:
Autumn Congress - 14th October 2017
Year End Congresses - Year End Congress, London; - 27th December 2017
Easter Congress - London, 2018 Date to be confirmed.
In addition the same hands are played at other locations round the country, with the competition scored across all venues. The venues will be added to the specific congress page when known. Any clubs interesting in hosting a heat should contact email@example.com.
The results are stratified based on NGS grading with prizes for the overall winners, and for the winner at each venue, and Blue Points awarded based on the stratified results (there is a B stratification for those with an NGS rating of 6 or below).
The event at each location will be open to all - EBU members and non-members alike.
Really Easy Congress at the Summer Meeting
Really Easy Events are held at the Summer Meeting in August each year. In 2017 the Really Easy Congress will be held in Eastbourne.
Really Easy Overseas Congress
At the Bridge Overseas Congress in Budapest, in February 2018, there will be events parallel to the main competitions, aimed at less experienced players. These will be open to all - EBU members and non-members alike.
Really Easy Weekends
The Really Easy Weekends are 'house parties', designed for more experienced novice players of up to approximately 5 years experience.
The emphasis on these weekends is on play and socialising. There are four bridge sessions - Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening will be normal pairs sessions; on Sunday we will play a Swiss Pairs competition. There will be an optional instructional session on Saturday morning.
We suggest that they are most suited to players who are ranked below Master, and whose NGS grading is lower than a Jack. Whilst there is no lower limit on a player's ability, they should be comfortable playing in a 'club setting' and should note that the standard may be higher than at some of the other Really Easy events.
The dates for Really Easy Weekends in 2017/18 are:
27th to 29th October 2017 - Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
6th to 8th April 2018 - Wroxton House Hotel, near Banbury
Improvers events at YCBA congresses
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.
Entering an event
To enter a Really Easy event (excluding the YCBA events listed above) please contact the EBU Competitions Department - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01296 317203/219. For the Really Easy Weekends your accommodation should be booked directly with the hotel.
To join a Blue Point Holiday please book directly with Bridge Overseas via the Accommodation Booking Service.
At all our events for less experienced players only level 2 systems may be played. The exception is the First Step events at the Really Easy Congress at which only basic Acol may be played.
An example 'level 2' system card is available here. It is not exhaustive but shows some of the conventions which are permitted.
If you are looking for lessons - whether to learn some of the basics or to take your game to the next level - please visit the English Bridge Education and Development website.