Seniors Congress

2nd - 4th November 2018, Venue TBA

The Championship Pairs is a two-day event – two qualifying rounds on Friday, and an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ final on Saturday, each comprising two sessions. Those who qualify for the main semi-final of the Championship Pairs carry forward their first session score. There is be no carry-forward to the secondary semi-final, and it is possible to qualify for the final from either semi-final. The majority of pairs qualifying for either final will have done so by being in the top 60% of the first qualifying session, and then having a sufficiently good combined score in the two qualifying sessions. However, a smaller number of pairs can qualify for either final directly from the secondary qualifier in session two, whether because they only joined the congress on Friday evening, or because they failed to reach the main qualifier in session two.

The Swiss Pairs Championship is a two session event, with a total of nine 6-board matches and is open to pairs eliminated from the Championship Pairs at the end of Friday evening, and to players joining the congress on Saturday.

The Swiss Teams comprises seven 7-board matches with a short break after three matches.

Please note: The WBF - and consequently the EBL and Bridge Great Britain - have adjusted their criteria for eligibility for Seniors events, and this will come in to effect in 2018. As this was done at short notice, however, the EBU will not be making any changes to the criteria for entry to its senior congresses until 2019 (changes to trial events will be made in 2018). The current criteria therefore still apply for this event and players must have their 60th birthday or beyond during the calendar year (January-December) of the event - i.e. entrants must be born in 1957 or earlier. See here for further details.

Holders 2017

Championship Pairs - Rob Lawy & Mike Huggins
Championship Pairs, B Final - Jeremy Dhondy & Alan Kay
Swiss Pairs - Ian Budden & Wendy Lancaster
Swiss Teams - Roger Sweet, Colin Juneman, Peter Shelley, Trevor Ward






2.00 pm - 5.45 pm

Championship Pairs qualifying round 1

7.30 pm - 11.00 pm

Championship Pairs qualifying round 2 & Secondary Pairs qualifying round


11:00am – 2:15pm

Championship pairs “A” & “B” 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

Championship pairs “A” & “B” finals (session 2) (11 x 3-board rounds with a short break)

2:45pm – 7:30pm

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


11.00 am - 7.00 pm

Swiss Teams (seven x 7-board matches) with a short lunch break after three matches

Entry Fees

(A) Full Congress


(B) Championship Pairs


(C) Champ Pairs (Fri evening start)


(D) Swiss Pairs


(E) Swiss Teams


(F) Champ Pairs (Fri eve)+Teams


(G) Swiss Pairs +Teams


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

Closing date for entries is 23rd October; however please enter in advance due to the popularity of this event

Master Points

All events are fully Green Pointed, save for the qualifying rounds of the Pairs Championship (Blue points only, but all qualifiers are guaranteed a Green Point award in the finals).


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.

Venue and Tariff

Venue for 2018 to be announced.

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

2018 Rates

2018 Rates to be announced.

2017 Rates

£65.95pppn for dinner bed & breakfast for shared bedrooms
Double for Single occupancy is £79.95pppn

Free: Car Parking, WiFi, Tea & Coffee all day free vend.

Terms and Conditions