Easter Festival, London

Royal National Hotel, London, WC1H 0DG, 30th March - 02nd April 2018

An early start option is available on Friday

Please note that the details on this page are currently provisional and may be subject to change.

There will be an early start option available on Friday in the Championship Pairs, with play beginning at 2pm for those who wish to finish earlier. We hope this will help those who wish to play and also take part in religious and cultural events in the evening.

Otherwise timings for this event are now similar to those of the London Year End Congress. The usual start time of 4pm on the first day is still available for those who wish to begin later in the afternoon.

If you wish to take advantage of the early start option then please let us know when entering. If you wish to start at the ‘standard’ time then there is no need to let us know, and similarly if you do not notify us of your intention to start early we will assume you are starting at 4.00pm. Please help us to make the necessary arrangements by notifying us of your intentions.

Event format

The Championship Pairs is a ‘stratified’ three-session event scored across the field. Prizes and Master Points awarded in three categories: below Regional Master, below Life Master & Open.
Please note that play on Saturday will start at 11:45, and an early start option is available on Friday).
The Championships Pairs is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

The Swiss Teams on Sunday is a two-session event with seven 7-board matches in all. The event is now also a stratified event

The Swiss Pairs on Monday is a two-session flighted event with seven 7-board matches, with current round assigning. The event is flighted into two divisions: the ‘A’ flight is open to all, the ‘B’ flight is restricted to pairs containing no Life Master or above. The ‘B’ flight is further stratified with a ‘C’ category restricted to pairs containing no Regional Master or above, who have additional Master Points and prizes available. All events are Level 4.

Really Easy Afternoon
Friday 30th March, at 4pm
A relaxed duplicate pairs event for those with less experience.
This event is aimed at those with no experience of green-point events, and such players are probably below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS. They should be comfortable playing unassisted in a 'club' environment, and it is intended as an introduction to 'tournament bridge'.
The results will be stratified based on NGS grading with prizes for the overall winners, and Blue Points awarded based on the stratified results.

In addition the same hands will be played at other locations round the country, with the competition scored across all venues.

Venues will be available here when known.

The event at each location will be open to all - EBU members and non-members alike. We may be able to accommodate individual players at the London venue, so please contact us and we will try to arrange a partner.

For all venues please enter directly with the EBU.

Under 21 Pairs Championship – an event in the youth calendar

Saturday 31st March, at noon (likely finish around 6:30pm)
A championship pairs event for those aged under 21 years of age on 31st December 2017 (so born more recently than 1st January 1998). The event is free to enter, but entries should be made in advance (ideally by 16th March) to the Competitions Department. When entering please state your EBU number and date of birth.
Participants also have the opportunity for free entry into the Swiss Teams on Sunday 1st, and half price entry to the Swiss Pairs on Monday 2nd.

Holders - 2017

Championships Pairs - David Bakhshi & Ollie Burgess
Swiss Teams - Shahzaad Natt, Kiril Delev, Stefano Tommasini, Szczepan Smoczynski, Peter Ivanov
Swiss Pairs A Flight - Ben Green & Alistair Kent; B Flight - Tony Ye & Xiaojia Rao
Under 21 Pairs - Theo Anoyrkatis & Sam Anoyrkatis






2.00pm - 5.30pm

Championship Pairs, session 1 (early start option *)

4.00pm - 7.30pm

Championship Pairs, session 1

4.00pm - 7.30pm

Really Easy Afternoon (includes a short break)


11.45am - 3.00pm

Championship Pairs, session 2

12.00pm - 6.30pm

Under 21 Championship Pairs

4.00pm - 7.30pm

Championship Pairs, session 3


11.30am - 2.30pm

Stratified Swiss Teams 1 (three x 7-board matches)

3.30pm -7.30pm

Stratified Swiss Teams 2 (four x 7-board matches)


11.30am - 2.30pm

Flighted Swiss Pairs 1 (three x 7-board matches)

3.30pm - 7.30pm

Flighted Swiss Pairs 2 (four x 7-board matches)

* - please tell us if you intend starting at 2pm

Entry Fees


Full Congress (2pm start)



Full Congress (4pm start)



Championship Pairs (2pm start)



Championship Pairs (4pm start)



Swiss Teams



Swiss Pairs



Really Easy Afternoon

£8 (£12 for non-members)


Under 21 Championship Pairs


Please enter by 6th April 2017 if possible, however entries can be made later, and at the venue if necessary. All entry fees are per person

Master Points

Championship Pairs: Green Points to the top half of the field
within each stratification.
Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams: fully Green Pointed.


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

Venue and Tariff

The congress takes place at the Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG. MAP

2018 rates

Details to be posted.

2017 rates

The Imperial Hotel (a sister hotel of the Royal National, 100 yards away) is offering a four night package rate based on single-bedded rooms at the rate of £276.00 per person. The three night package rate is £230 per person in single-bedded rooms.

The Package rates include:

  • 3-4 nights Accommodation in single rooms at the Imperial Hotel
  • English breakfast each morning
  • Two three course meals (lunch and dinner) in any of the hotel restaurants within the group
  • Free car parking space for 3-4 days in the underground hotel garage (whichever is appropriable)
  • Welcome cocktail in the hotel bar on arrival

With regret the hotel will not be able of offer twin/double bedded rooms (at any of the hotels).

Those persons staying fewer than four nights or any additional nights, when booked in conjunction with the proposed packages, will be charged at the following rates:

Imperial Hotel: sw/b £109.00
Per room per night including English breakfast inc VAT.

Those wishing to make reservations please contact the Central Reservation Office on:
Tel: 020 7278 7871 Fax: 020 7837 4653 Email: info@imperialhotels.co.uk

EBU Policy on Venue Hotels

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