The Summer Meeting at Eastbourne

Winter Garden, Eastbourne, 04th - 13th August 2017

Players' Handbook available here

The Winter Garden in Eastbourne will be playing host to the 2017 Summer Meeting for the second time, the event having moved from its former home in Brighton.

Visit the pre-congress information page for travel and parking information, tourist advice, and news updates as the congress approaches.

The Summer Meeting will incorporate Weekend Challenges and One Day Events, the Seniors Congress, the Under 26 Pairs, and the Really Easy Congress. All events are Level 4 except for the Really Easy Congress, which is Level 2.

Please enter through the members area of the website or by email to - otherwise please enter at the venue as entries can be taken on the day.

Congress timetable

Download the congress timetable here.

Weekend Challenge Events

These are the flagship events of the Summer Meeting, ideal 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.

Both weekend challenge events are part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

One Day Events

For those who are only able to come to Eastbourne for a short period of time, or who simply prefer shorter competitions, there are the One Day Events.

These take place almost every day, and include pairs and teams events, and one- and two-session competitions. They offer the excellent bridge one would expect at the Summer Meeting, but with greater flexibility than the Weekend Challenges.

They give the opportunity to play as little or as much as you choose. Combine playing and sightseeing. Play with different partners. Just come for the day, or commute from home. Whatever your reasons, the One Day Events have something to suit you.

Some of the weekday evening events have an early bird start for those who would like to finish sooner - this can make travel easier for those who are 'commuting'. Alternatively you can start at the regular time and have longer dinner break. The choice is yours.

Clubs making a group booking for a midweek afternoon event can receive a discount - 'buy one get one free' when entering ten pairs. Not all ten places need be filled (i.e. you can pay for ten pairs and bring only eight or nine - this still represents a significant saving). For more details, and to enter, please see this form and return it to the Competitions Department..

Seniors Congress

To be eligible for a Seniors event, players must have their 60th birthday or beyond during the calendar year (January-December) of the event. For example, a player can play in a Seniors event at the age of 59 provided his/her 60th birthday falls later that year.

Under 26 Pairs

Please note that the name of the competition has changed to bring it in line with international nomenclature. The eligibility criteria has also changed - it is now based on the international junior criteria, and not the date of the event (see below).

The Under 26 Pairs takes place during the congress - the first session is on Monday afternoon, and the second session on Tuesday afternoon.

Players must not have reached their 26th birthday by 31st December 2017. All nationalities of juniors are welcome.

The winners of the U26 pairs will, if both players are England-eligible, each be offered a place on an England junior team during the following 12 months.

All Under-26s are eligible for half-price entry to any EBU event. England junior squad members may be eligible for free entry to the weekend events at the Summer Meeting. Please see here for more details.

The Really Easy Summer Congress

The Really Easy Summer Congress offers a range of competitions and lessons for those who have recently to learn the game, or who have only just started playing more competitively. All players should be below the rank of Master, and have an NGS rating lower than Jack. Previous entrants to the Really Easy Congress should look to play in the main congress events.

For more information please see the event webpage

TD and Scoring courses

The schedule of training courses to take place at the Summer Meeting has been confirmed.

Monday - TD Training: Essentials & Book Rulings
Tuesday - TD Training: Judgement Rulings
Thursday - TD Training: Assessment

Friday - The Impact of the New Laws: A look at the WBF's update to the laws for 2017 (for players and/or TDs)

Wednesday morning - EBUScore: Beginners
Wednesday afternoon - EBUScore: Next Steps

To make a booking for any of the above please contact, or call 01296 317217.

Other events

Most mornings there is a seminar with an expert (or experts) discussing the hands from the previous day. Previous speakers have included Andrew Robson, Zia Mahmood, David Gold and other greats of the international game. The list of speakers will be announced in the weeks before the congress.

Most evening there is a late-night speedball. Fun, free, fast-paced action for the insomniacs and bridge addicts, starting at 11:30pm.

Fast Track Bridge: An introduction to Fast Track Bridge, the new accelerated learning course being developed by English Bridge Education and Development, will be held on Tuesday morning. It will start at 10.30am and last for about three hours. It is free for all teachers but places must be booked, in advance, by emailing Lisa Miller at EBED - Five other sessions will be held in other locations during August - see here for details.

Please visit the Pre-Congress Information page for information to help you plan your trip to Eastbourne.


Timetable currently provisional, details may change

Session times

Weekend Challenge Events

See the Weekend Challenge webpage for more details on these competitions

Friday 04th - Sunday 06th (1st weekend): Swiss Pairs Championship

Green points are awarded at one-and-a-half times the standard rate for both Weekend Challenge events.

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th (2nd weekend): Four Stars Swiss Teams Championship

The evening event on Sunday 13th, and the afternoon event on Friday 11th, are free those entering the Challenge event that weekend.

One Day Events

Two session weekend events

See the One Day Event webpage for more details on these competitions

Saturday 12th (2nd Weekend): One-day Swiss Pairs

Sunday 13th (2nd Weekend): One-day Swiss Pairs

One session - Midweek Evenings

See the One Day Event webpage for more details on these competitions

Sunday 06th: Open Pairs or Open Teams

Free entry for Swiss Pairs Championship players.

Monday 07th: Play with the Experts pairs

Tuesday 08th - GCH Fox Championship Pairs

An early start is available

Wednesday 09th - Mixed Pivot Teams

Thursday 10th - Mixed Pairs

An early start is available

One session - Midweek Afternoons

Daily Open Pairs (Monday 07th to Friday 11th)

Friday 11th - Point-a-Board Teams

The Friday Open Pairs or Point-a-Board Teams is free to all Four Stars Swiss Teams players.

Seniors Congress

Monday 07th & Tuesday 08th: Seniors Pairs

Qualifying on Monday evening, semi-finals and finals on Tuesday.

Wednesday 09th & Thursday 10th: Seniors Teams

One session each afternoon.

Under 26 Events

Monday 07th & Tuesday 08th: Under 26 Championship Pairs

See above for more information

Late-night Speed Balls

On both Fridays and both Saturdays. Play starts at 11:30pm.

Discuss it with an Expert

There are seminars most mornings. The schedule will be available shortly before the congress.

Really Easy Congress

See the Really Easy Congress webpage for more details on this event

Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th, plus a free introductory day on Monday 7th

Entry Fees

Main Events (Provisonal)


Full Congress (excl. Seniors)



Full Congress (incl. Seniors)



1st weekend Swiss Pairs (Fri-Sun)



2nd weekend Swiss Teams (Fri-Sun)



Both Swiss weekends (Fri-Sun)



All midweek events



Monday evening single session



Tuesday evening single session



Wednesday evening single session



Thursday evening single session



Sunday evening Open Pairs



Monday afternoon Open Pairs



Tuesday afternoon Open Pairs



Wednesday afternoon Open Pairs



Thursday afternoon Open Pairs



Friday afternoon Open Pairs



Friday afternoon Point-a-Board



2nd weekend Saturday one-day Swiss Pairs



2nd weekend Sunday one-day Swiss Pairs



2nd weekend both one-day Swiss Pairs


Seniors Events


Full Congress (incl Seniors)



Seniors Pairs only



Seniors Teams only



Both Seniors events


Under 26 Events


Under 26 Championship Pairs


Really Easy Congress

Introductory day - Monday



Full congress



Tuesday only (three sessions)



Wednesday only (three sessions)



Thursday - Swiss Pairs competition (two sessions)


Juniors from any country are entitled to half price entry.

Closing Date for Entries is 02nd August 2017. Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance.

Master Points

Green Points in the main Congress Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams are awarded at an enhanced level.
The one-day Swiss Pairs, and the Midweek KO Teams will be fully Green Pointed at the standard level.
Midweek evenings, Open Pairs, Open Teams: Blue Points to the top places
Really Easy events: Blue Points to the top 1/4 of the field
Seniors: Teams - Green Points; Pairs - Blue Points in the semi-finals, Green Points in the finals

Green Point Match Awards
To reflect the status of this congress in our calendar, green-point match awards for the Harold Poster Cup (first weekend Swiss Pairs) and the Four Stars Trophy (second weekend Swiss Teams) will be at an increased scale – i.e. 0.42 for a win and 0.21 for a draw in each eight-board match.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events, except the Really Easy Congress, which is level 2.

Venue and Tariff

2017 Information

More details will be added to this section when available.

The Summer meeting will be held at Winter Garden, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP.

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


Restaurants in the vicinity

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