Spring Bank Holiday Congress

26th – 28th May 2018, Crowne Plaza, Stratford, CV37 6YR

A relaxed congress held over the three-day holiday.

The Championship Pairs is a four-session event with a two-session qualifying round on the Saturday, leading to a pair of two-session 'all play-all' finals for the top forty pairs on Sunday. The non-qualifying players move in to the Swiss Pairs. Please note that the Swiss Pairs is now a one-day event on the Sunday.

The Swiss Teams event is stratified and suits a whole range of players from Club Master to Grand Master. Stratification will be in 3-levels:

Really Easy Afternoon
Saturday 26th May, at 2pm
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 posted 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 main venue (when confirmed), so please contact us and we will try to arrange a partner.

Holders - 2017

Championships Pairs - David Gold & Kevin Castner
Swiss Teams - Stephen Kennedy, Ben Norton, Michael Byrne, Andrew Murphy
Swiss Pairs - David Armstrong & Jill Armstrong
Really Easy Pairs - Vinaychandra Gandhi & Amarjeet Singh






2.00pm - 5.30pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 1

2.00pm - 5.30pm

Really Easy Afternoon

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 2


11.30am - 3:00pm

'A' and 'B' Pairs Finals, session 1 (24 boards)

11.30am - 2.45pm

Swiss Pairs, session 1 (3 x 8-board matches)

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Lunch Break

3.30pm - 8.00pm

'A' and 'B' Pairs Finals, session 2 (33 boards)

3.15pm - 7.30pm

Swiss Pairs, session 2 (4 x 8-board matches)


11.30am - 2.40pm

Stratified Swiss Teams, session 1 (3 x 7-board matches)

3.10pm - 7.15pm

Stratified Swiss Teams, session 2 (4 x 7-board matches)

Entry Fees


Full Congress



Championship Pairs



Swiss Pairs only



Swiss Teams only



Both Swiss events



Really Easy Afternoon



Non-member supplement (applicable to the Really Easy Afternoon only)


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

Master Points

Sunday and Monday events are fully Green Pointed. Blue Points are awarded in the Championship Pairs qualifying rounds (but all finalists are guaranteed a Green Point award).

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

Venue and Tariff

2018 Venue Information

The beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon is the setting for this event and the venue itself is the Crowne Plaza, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR. Telephone: 01789 279988.

This Crowne Plaza hotel was previously part of the Holiday Inn chain, and is the same venue as has been used in previous years

The hotel is located near the town centre and is in a very picturesque riverside setting which adds to the enjoyment of this excellent tournament by providing a lovely area to relax in between sessions.

2018 Rates: to be announced

2017 Rates: Bed & Breakfast - £74 sharing, £99 single; Dinner, Bed & Breakfast - £84 sharing, £108 single; Prices per person

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