A long weekend of bridge in the seaside resort of Eastbourne, incorporating the Edith Kaplan Memorial Award of £500. There will be a special category prize for the best veterans pair and team (all members of the pair/team must be at least 70 years of age on the first day of play) as well as for the winners (only) of the teams and each of the three pairs events on Saturday.
The Saturday Swiss Pairs is open to all players eliminated from the Championship Pairs on Friday, as well as new entrants joining the event at this stage.
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 1958 or earlier.
Change of venue for 2018
Please note that the event will take place in the tennis centre on the Devonshire Park complex as the Winter Garden is unavailable due to ongoing refurbishment works.
Please find below for information on the venue, parking, and attractions to fill your weekend away from the table.
Championship Pairs - Paul Walker & Frank Wharton
Championship Pairs 'B' Final - Margaret Eddleston & Bernard Eddleston
Swiss Pairs - Roy Garthwaite & Heather Hobson
Swiss Teams - Celia Oram, Derek Oram, Dee Lindon, Peter Lindon
2.00pm - 5.30pm
Championship Pairs qualifier, session 1 (24 boards)
7.30pm - 10.45pm
Championship Pairs qualifier, session 2 (24 boards)
2.00pm - 6.00pm
Pairs “A” & “B” Finals Session 1 (9 x 3-boards)
with a tea break after five rounds
2.00pm - 6.00pm
Swiss Pairs (4 x 7-board matches) with a tea-break
after two matches
7.30pm - 10.40pm
Pairs “A” & “B” finals, session 2 (8 x 3-boards)
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Swiss Pairs (3 x 7-board matches)
11.00am - 6.45pm
Swiss Teams (7 x 7-board matches)
with a break after the third match.
Both Swiss events
All events are fully Green Pointed, save for the Championship Pairs qualifying rounds (Blue Points only, but all qualifiers are guaranteed a green Point award).
Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.
Venue and Tariff
The Congress will be held in the tennis centre which forms part of the Devonshire Park complex in Eastbourne (which also includes the Winter Garden).
On street parking is available free of charge in nearby streets.
A discounted rate is available at an NCP carpark ten minutes walk from the tennis centre - Trinity Trees NCP at the junction of Trinity Place and Compton Street. You can park here for £3 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 Devonshire Park 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 congress. The tickets are valid for use throughout the congress, so we would recommend you collect a ticket on arrival at the venue, 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**