Summer Festival

3rd-7th and 15th-19th August 2018, London and other venues

As the Devonshire Park complex is undergoing extensive refurbishment, they will not have space to accommodate us for the Summer Meeting in 2018. We will therefore not be going to Eastbourne, and will instead be holding a one-off Summer Festival in 2018 between 3rd and 19th August. We intend returning to Eastbourne in 2019.

The competitions will not be held in a single block, but will instead be over two long weekends. This is due to the availability of suitable venues, however we hope that it will have the benefit of giving players a chance to recharge their batteries and be at peak performance levels for the second weekend of bridge.

Weekend Challenge Competitions

Swiss Pairs Championship for the Harold Poster Cup

2017 Holders: Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th August; Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London

If you are looking for an intensive weekend of quality bridge, this is the competition for you. 15 eight-board matches are played across five sessions, over three days.

Master Points are at an enhanced level to reflect the status of the event. This event is stratified.

The Swiss Pairs is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

Two start times on Friday; Early finish on Saturday: to try to help accomodate those who wish to commute to the venue each day (so need an earlier finish), and also those who need to work on Friday (so need a later start), there will be two starting times on Friday. You can start at 6pm and play three matches, finishing at 9:30pm. Or you can start at 7:15pm and play three matches, finishing at 10:45pm. The choice is yours. There will be one set of boards - the early starters will play boards 1-24, the later starters will play 9-32.
On Saturday, the timings are earlier than normal to ensure that those who wish to travel home at the end of play can do so, removing the need for overnight accommodation in London.

An extra match: compared with the schedule for the event when it has been held in Brighton and Eastbourne, there will be an additional match on Sunday afternoon. So you will play 15 matches, rather than the usual 14. The session on Sunday will be split in two, to give you a short break after two matches.

Free Open Pairs: On the afternoon of Friday 3rd, at the same venue, there will be an Open Pairs which is free to anyone playing in the Swiss Pairs.

Four Stars Swiss Teams

2017 Holders: Marion Robertson, Mike Bell, Sarah Bell, Kieran Dyke & Michael Byrne

Friday 17th - Sunday 19th August; Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London

An intensive weekend of teams bridge. 10 eight-board matches are played across the first three sessions. Thereafter the top sixteen teams will go forward into one of the all-play-all Four Stars finals. The leading eight teams will go in to the 'A' final, and the next eight teams into the 'B' final. In each final there is a full round-robin of 7 eight-board matches. Those teams outside the top sixteen will continue to play in the Swiss Teams, for the Brighton Bowl, with five matches on Sunday.

Master Points are at an enhanced level to reflect the status of the event.

The Four Stars Teams is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

Two start times on Friday; Early finish on Saturday: to try to help accomodate those who wish to commute to the venue each day (so need an earlier finish), and also those who need to work on Friday (so need a later start), there will be two starting times. You can start at 6pm and play three matches, finishing at 9:30pm. Or you can start at 7:15pm and play three matches, finishing at 10:45pm. The choice is yours. There will be one set of boards - the early starters will play boards 1-24, the later starters will play 9-32.
On Saturday, the timings are earlier than normal to ensure that those who wish to travel home at the end of play can do so, removing the need for overnight accommodation in London.

An extra match: compared with the schedule for the event when it has been held in Brighton and Eastbourne, there will be an additional match on Sunday afternoon for those teams still participating in the Swiss Teams. So you will play 15 matches, rather than the usual 14. The session on Sunday will be split in two, to give you a short break after a two matches. The format of the Finals is unchanged.

Free Point-a-Board Teams: On the afternoon of Friday 17th, at the same venue, there will be a Point-a-Board Teams which is free to anyone playing in the Four Stars Teams.

One Day Swiss Pairs

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August; Upper Hall, University of London Union

Two One Day Swiss Pairs competitions, ideal for those who do not have team mates for the Four Stars Teams, who cannot commit to a full weekend, or who would just prefer to play that type of competition.

The University of London Union is just a five minute walk from the Royal National Hotel, so it will be easy to meet before and after play with friends and family who are playing in the Four Stars Teams.

The competition will be fully Green Pointed at the standard level. There will be a bonus award for the pair with the best combined result across the two days.

Midweek Competitions

The midweek competitions which are usually held on the evenings during the Summer Meeting will continue as part of the Summer Festival, but with a change to the usual arrangements.

This year they will each be held as multi-venue competitions, with the same hands played at a few venues around the country, and then scored across the field.

The first two competitions will be held on the days following the Swiss Pairs, the second two will precede the Four Stars Teams - thus making two long weekends of bridge.

We will be inviting clubs to apply to hold a heat of one (or more) of these competitions, and a list of venues will be posted in due course. We hope that there will be heats in most regions of the country.

  • Monday 6th August - Play with the Experts Pairs
  • Tuesday 7th August - GCH Fox Championship Pairs
  • Wednesday 15th August - Mixed Pivot Teams
  • Thursday 16th August - Mixed Pairs Championship

If your club would be interested in holding a heat of one of these competitions, please contact us for more information - nick@ebu.co.uk. We hope that we will be able to make suitable arrangements so that it can be incorporated in to your usual club night, so is ideal for clubs with an already large session on one of those evenings.

The Seniors Congress

There won’t be a Seniors Congress, or any specific Seniors competitions, held during the Summer Festival fortnight, but the Scarborough Summer Congress, which will take place 25th-29th July, will now include the Northern Seniors Pairs Championship, and there will be additional prizes for Seniors in the multiple teams competition at that congress.

The Summer Seniors Congress in 2018 will still take place in Eastbourne, using the facilities at the tennis centre on the far side of the Devonshire Park complex.

We hope any players who would have usually played in the Senior Congress at the Summer Meeting will, in its absence, support these two events.

Really Easy Congress

We are currently reviewing all the competitions we provide for less experienced players. We will hold an event for less experienced players during the summer of 2018, but its dates and format are not known at present.

Under 26 Championship Pairs

The details for the Under 26 Championship Pairs are currently being considered, though we anticipate it will take place in the third quarter of 2018. More details will be posted here when known.

Other events

'Discuss it with an Expert' Seminars: The necessary changes to the timings for this year, and the layout of the venue, means it is not possible to hold any seminars before play each day. We do hope, however, to provide more content on the website with articles on the deals from the previous day.

TD Training: Given the necessary changes for this year there will not be the opportunity to hold any TD Training during the festival.

Timetable

Date

Time

Competition

First weekend

Friday 3rd August

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Open Pairs (free to Swiss Pairs entrants)

6:00pm - 9:30pm

Swiss Pairs session 1 - early section (3 rounds)

7:15pm - 10:45pm

Swiss Pairs session 1 - late section (3 rounds)

Saturday 4th August

11:45am - 3:10pm

Swiss Pairs session 2 (3 rounds)

4:00pm - 8:30pm

Swiss Pairs session 3 (4 rounds)

Sunday 5th August

11:00am - 1:20pm

Swiss Pairs session 4a (2 rounds)

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Swiss Pairs session 4b (3 rounds)

Second weekend

Friday 17th August

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Point-a-Board Teams (free to Swiss Teams entrants)

6:00pm - 9:30pm

Swiss Teams session 1 - early section (3 rounds)

7:15pm - 10:45pm

Swiss Teams session 1 - late section (3 rounds)

Saturday 18th August

11:45am - 3:10pm

Swiss Teams session 2 (3 rounds)

12noon - 6:30pm

One Day Swiss Pairs (at ULU)

4:00pm - 8:30pm

Swiss Teams session 3 (4 rounds)

Sunday 19th August

11:00am - 1:20pm

Swiss Teams session 4a (2 rounds)

11:00am - 7:10pm

Four Stars finals

12noon - 6:30pm

One Day Swiss Pairs (at ULU)

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Swiss Teams session 4b (3 rounds)

Midweek competitions

Monday 6th August

Times & venues TBC

Play with the Expert Pairs

Tuesday 7th August

Times & venues TBC

GCH Fox Championship Pairs

Wednesday 15th August

Times & venues TBC

Mixed Pivot Teams

Thursday 16th August

Times & venues TBC

Mixed Pairs Championship

Entry Fees

TBC

Closing date for entries is 27th July, however entries can be made at the venue for the Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams

Master Points

  • Green Points in the main Swiss Pairs and Four Stars Swiss Teams are awarded at an enhanced level to reflect the status of this congress in our calendar - 0.42 for a win and 0.21 for a draw in each eight-board match.
  • The one-day Swiss Pairs will be fully Green Pointed at the standard level, with a bonus award for the pair with the best combined result across the two days.
  • Midweek evenings competitions, the Open Pairs and the Point-a-Board Teams: Blue Points to the top places

Swiss Pairs: 0.42 Green Points are awarded per match won (0.21 for a draw), plus bonus ranking awards to the top third of the field - 1st place: 16.00, last award receiving position: 0.56 (awards for intermediate places will be in accordance with the standard EBU congress formula).

Four Stars Swiss Teams: 0.42 Green Points are awarded per match won (0.21 for a draw), plus bonus ranking awards as follows:
'A' final - 1st place: 16.00; down to 8th place: 4.00 (awards for intermediate places will be in accordance with the standard EBU congress formula)
'B' final - 1st place: 8.00; down to 8th place: 2.00 (awards for intermediate places will be in accordance with the standard EBU congress formula)
Brighton Bowl - Awards to the top 1/3 of the field, including the 16 teams playing in the two finals (for example an original entry of 132 equates to 44 ranking award, so awards will be made to 28th place in the final standings for the Brighton Bowl).

Venue and Tariff

Royal National Hotel

The main congress site is the Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG - Location map

2018 rates

TBC

EBU Policy on Venue Hotels

University of London Union

The One Day Swiss Pairs will be held in the Upper Hall at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

This is just five minutes walk from the Royal National Hotel.

Location map

Parking and Travel Information

Parking is available in nearby streets for free after 6:30pm on Friday, and after 1:30pm on Saturday. Therefore, if parking in this area for play on Saturday you would need to park shortly after 11:30am and pay for two hours parking. Parking in this area is free all day on Sunday. See this map, and look for area CA-D and CA-D/E.

Alternatively, free on-street parking is available all day on Saturday slightly further away in the area north of Euston Road. See this map and look for area CA-G

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