A congress for all levels of novice players.
Monday will be an introductory day. This day is free!
It is aimed at those who may be a little trepidatious about taking part and want to find their feet before the main events begin on Tuesday. It is therefore ideal for those who have been taking lessons and want a more gentle introduction, or who have not played bridge in a few years and may feel they need to knock off some rust.
There will be a supervised play session in the afternoon - you will play bridge 'normally' but you will be allowed to ask for help if you feel you need help with a particular hand.
There will be a lesson in the evening, targeted to the standard of the players in the group.
If you are unsure whether you want to take part in the main Really Easy Congress you can register at the conclusion of play on Monday.
Tuesday and Wednesday
In the morning there will be lessons, and in the afternoon and evening there will be competitions.
You do not need to play in all sessions, but it would be helpful for the organisers to know in advance (even if it is just at the end of the session before) if you intend missing a session.
The day will consts of a single, longer, Swiss Pairs competition. This will start in the morning, and finish mid-afternoon, with a short break in the middle.
In a Swiss Pairs competition you play a match against a pair chosen at random. In the next match you play a pair on the same cumulative score, and likewise in the third match, and so on. You will therefore likely play against pairs of a similar standard for most of the competition.
Will there be different groups?
Rather than separating the two aspects of the Really Easy Congress, as we had done in recent years, we have instead opted to keep everyone together.
We have found in recent years that there have not been sufficient players of a lower ranking/NGS to make it feasible to run a separate group. We will therefore run the congress with everyone in a single group, and the congress hosts will try to accommodate all standards of plyers within each lesson or competition.
If you wish to attend the free introductory day, and see how you get on, then you are more than welcome to do so and then book on for the main events at the conclusion of the evening session.
The Really Easy Congress is aimed at all 'less experienced' players. The congress hosts will, where possible, adjust the content of the lessons, and speed of play, to suit the ability of the participants in each session.
There is no lower limit on ability, other than we would expect that all participants will have reached a level where they can play unassisted. Please note that there are no lessons for those starting completely from scratch - you should therefore have an understanding of the rudiments of the game, and the mechanics of playing. In some sessions, however, we may be able to provide assistance to any particularly inexperienced players.
At the upper end of the spectrum, we would expect that the stronger players would still be 'inexperienced', with little/no experience of green-point events, and they are below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS.
We hope that those who have taken part in Green Point events, or participated in the 'Next Step' events at the Really Easy Congress in the past, will take part in the main congress events - either the One Day Events or the Weekend Challenge Events.
All Really Easy Events ares restricted to level 2 conventions. If you regularly play any level 4 conventions you should play in the main congress events.
Please note: We reserve the right to restrict entry to the Really Easy Congress to those we consider to be of the right playing level. Please do not think you are being modest by underestimating your ability - if you are too strong a player you may spoil the event for other participants.
Other Really Easy Events
Anyone who has enjoyed the Really Easy events in the past, or who is thinking of joining us this year, may be interested in our Really Easy Weekends - a full weekend of bridge, in great hotels and with a fun atmosphere, for 'experienced novices'.
Session times (provisonal)
Monday 7th August
Tuesday 8th August
Single session pairs competition
Single session pairs competition
Wednesday 9th August
Single session pairs competition
Single session teams competition
Thursday 10th August
Swiss Pairs Competition (two sessions)
Introductory day - Monday
Tuesday only (three sessions)
Wednesday only (three sessions)
Thursday - Swiss Pairs competition (two sessions)
Blue points will be awarded to the top 1/4 of the field in all events.
Level 2 agreements are permitted in the Really Easy Congress. Those wishing to play level 4 agreements should enter the main congress events.
Venue and Tariff
More details will be added to this section when available.
Follow signs to sea front, turn right, and go past the pier and the bandstand. Turn right up Carlisle Road. Immediately in front of you is the Winter Garden.
A discounted rate is available at an NCP carpark just five minutes from the Winter Garden - Trinity Trees NCP at the junction of Trinity Place and Compton Street. You can park here for £2.50 for 24 hours (price subject to change by the local council). Please note that the carpark closes at 9pm, so if you are not staying overnight you will need to move your car before the start of the evening session. On street parking is free in many places in the area around the Winter Garden after 6pm. For instructions on how to receive the discount on your parking rates, see here. The 'discount tickets' will be available via EBU staff at the EBU reception at the congress. The tickets are valid for use throughout the congress, so we would recommend you collect a ticket on arrival at the Winter Garden, rather than when you are leaving, to avoid any delays should you need to leave unexpectedly.
**In line with all our hotel venues, food and drink purchase outside the venue may not be consumed on the premises. A bar and cafe is available for purchasing refreshments**
No accommodation is available at the venue, and due to the abundance of hotels within easy walking distance of the venue there is not a 'host' hotel. You are free to make your own accommodation arrangements depending on your personal budget and circumstances. Our research suggests prices are cheaper than in Brighton - in some instances 30% cheaper for like-for-like options.
For details of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation, contact:
Eastbourne Information Centre, Cornfield Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4QA
Tel: 0871 663 0031
Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Kestrel House, Marine Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7AU
Tel: 01323 726756
Things to do in and around Eastbourne
- Tripadvisor's list of attractions in Eastbourne
- Beachy Head
- Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum
- Drusillas Park