Really Easy Congress - Eastbourne

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP, 5th - 8th August 2019

Players' Handbook available here

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A congress for all levels of novice players.

The format


Monday will be an introductory day. This day is free!

It is aimed at those who may be a little uncertain about taking part and want to find their feet before the main events begin on Tuesday. It is therefore ideal for those who have been taking lessons and want a more gentle introduction, or who have not played bridge in a few years and may feel they need to knock off some rust.

There will be a supervised play session in the afternoon - you will play bridge 'normally' but you will be allowed to ask for help if you feel you need help with a particular hand.

There will be a lesson in the evening, targeted to the standard of the players in the group.

If you are unsure whether you want to take part in the main Really Easy Congress you can register at the conclusion of play on Monday.

Tuesday and Wednesday

In the morning there will be lessons, and in the afternoon and evening there will be competitions.

You do not need to play in all sessions, but it would be helpful for the organisers to know in advance (even if it is just at the end of the session before) if you intend missing a session.


The day will consts of a single, longer, Swiss Pairs competition. This will start in the morning, and finish mid-afternoon, with a short break in the middle.

In a Swiss Pairs competition you play a match against a pair chosen at random. In the next match you play a pair on the same cumulative score, and likewise in the third match, and so on. You will therefore likely play against pairs of a similar standard for most of the competition.

The standard

The Really Easy Congress is aimed at all 'less experienced' players. The congress hosts will, where possible, adjust the content of the lessons, and speed of play, to suit the ability of the participants in each session.

There is no lower limit on ability, other than we would expect that all participants will have reached a level where they can play unassisted. Please note that there are no lessons for those starting completely from scratch - you should therefore have an understanding of the rudiments of the game, and the mechanics of playing. In some sessions, however, we may be able to provide assistance to any particularly inexperienced players.

At the upper end of the spectrum, we would expect that the stronger players would still be 'inexperienced', with little/no experience of green-point events, and they are below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS.

We hope that those who have taken part in Green Point events (including the Jack High Swiss Pairs), will take part in the main congress events - either the One Day Events or the Weekend Challenge Events.

Please note: We reserve the right to restrict entry to the Really Easy Congress to those we consider to be of the right playing level. Please do not think you are being modest by underestimating your ability - if you are too strong a player you may spoil the event for other participants.

Other Really Easy Events

Anyone who has enjoyed the Really Easy events in the past, or who is thinking of joining us this year, may be interested in our Really Easy Weekends - a full weekend of bridge, in great hotels and with a fun atmosphere, for 'experienced novices'.

To enter

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu.

You can also call 01296 317203/19 or email


Session times

Monday 5th August

Introductory day


Supervised play



Main events

Tuesday 6th August




Single session pairs competition


Single session pairs competition

Wednesday 7th August




Single session pairs competition


Single session teams competition

Thursday 8th August


Swiss Pairs Competition (two sessions)

Entry Fees


Full congress



Introductory day - Monday



Tuesday only (three sessions)



Wednesday only (three sessions)



Thursday - Swiss Pairs competition (two sessions)


Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance if possible. Although, entries can be taken on the day.

Master Points

Blue points will be awarded to the top 1/4 of the field in all events.

Level 2 agreements are permitted in the Really Easy Congress. Those wishing to play level 4 agreements should enter the main congress events.

Venue and Tariff

2019 Information


The Summer meeting will be held at Devenshire Park, Eastbourne.

Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

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 Devonshire Park Complex.

Things to do in and around Eastbourne


Restaurants in the vicinity

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