Eastbourne Summer Seniors Congress

6th - 8th July 2018, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4JA

A long weekend of bridge in the seaside resort of Eastbourne.

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.

The Edith Kaplan Trophy and the prize is awarded to the winners of the teams on Sunday. There will be a special category prize for the winners of the teams.

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. See here for further details.

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.

Holders 2017

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





Friday 6th

2.00pm - 5.30pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 1 (24 boards)

7.30pm - 10.45pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 2 (24 boards)

Saturday 7th

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)

Sunday 8th

11.00am - 6.45pm

Swiss Teams (7 x 7-board matches)

with a break after the third match.

Entry Fees


Full Congress



Championship Pairs



Swiss Pairs



Swiss Teams



Both Swiss events


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

Closing date for entries is 2nd July 2018.

Master Points

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).

**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**

Car Parking

On street parking is available free of charge in nearby streets.

Trinity Trees NPC Car Park

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 £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 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.

College Road Car Park

College Road Car Park also offers onsite parking adjacent to the centre. There are approximately 80 spaces including wheelchair spaces. This is a pay and display car park which accepts coins only. The charges are as follows:
Up to 2 hours hours £1.40
Up to 4 hours £2.60
Up to 8 hours £4.80
Up to 12 hours £6.50
Charges apply 8am – 6pm every day. No charges apply when displaying a valid disabled badge.

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