Easter Festival, London

2nd - 5th April 2021

In 2021 this event will be held online, but if it proves possible to run such an event in a live venue, we will do so and have a hybrid congress, with some playing live and others online.

Event format

Championship Pairs

The Championship Pairs is a ‘stratified’ event scored across the field. Each pair will play in five sessions of 18 boards - making a total of 90 boards.
On Friday each pair can choose whether to play in sessions 1&2 or 2&3. This change from the earlier format allows for greater security as at no point are the two different groups playing the same boards at different times.
You can still choose on Friday whether to start early-afternoon (if you want the evening free), or mid-afternoon (if you have lunchtime commitments) - though please notify us in advance at what time you will be starting (if you don't we will assume the later start).
On Saturday all players will play in all three sessions.
See below for the session times.
Prizes and Master Points awarded in three categories: below Premier Regional Master, below Premier Life Master & Open.
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.


Monday offers two options:

Swiss Pairs - open to all with seven 7-board matches.

Jack High Swiss Pairs - this competition is aimed at club players who are interested in taking the first steps into congress bridge but who may have found it daunting to jump straight into a major congress event.
In order to qualify to play in this event, you must have an NGS of no higher than ‘Jack’ at the time of entering. We envisage that at the lower end, players will be ‘7’ or higher. The event will be stratified too so that there are extra Master Points and an extra prize available for pairs of players both ranked ‘9’ or lower.
We reserve the right to decline entries from those who may meet the NGS requirements, but have significant tournament experience and are not among the 'congress-novices' at whom the event is aimed.
The format will be six 6-board matches with a break after three matches.
This competition is priced at a discounted rated to encourage new participants to congress bridge.

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 or email comps@ebu.co.uk.

Congress Prices

The prices for our online congresses and competitions are significantly lower than they would have been face to face (about 20% less), but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium.

We have been working hard to keep bridge going since last March, but with no end to the pandemic expected soon, we also need to work hard to keep the EBU going. Despite taking advantage of all government support that has been available, making a number of staff redundant and cutting costs everywhere we can, we are still using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme coming to an end this will only get worse.

Competitions are one way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival and we will be following this pricing strategy for all our online congresses and major competitions.


Championships Pairs - Simon Gillis & Erik Saelensminde
Swiss Teams - Jack Mizel, Brian Senior, Ingar Hansen, Tore Marskar
Swiss Pairs - Heather Bakhshi & David Bakhshi
Jack High Swiss Pairs - Alistair Brown & Terry Dillon

Please note this event was not held in 2020 due to covid.






11.30am - 1.45pm

Championship Pairs, session 1 * (see below)

2.00pm - 4.15pm

Championship Pairs, session 2

4.30pm - 6.45pm

Championship Pairs, session 3 * (see below)

* - You choose whether to play sessions 1&2, or 2&3


11.30am - 1.45pm

Championship Pairs, session 4

3.00pm - 5.15pm

Championship Pairs, session 5

5.30pm - 7.45pm

Championship Pairs, session 6


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

Swiss Pairs 1 (three x 7-board matches)

11.30am - 2.15pm

Jack High Swiss Pairs 1 (three x 6-board matches)

3.15pm - 6.00pm

Jack High Swiss Pairs 2 (three x 6-board matches)

3.30pm - 7.30pm

Swiss Pairs 2 (four x 7-board matches)

Entry Fees


Full Congress



Championship Pairs



Swiss Teams



Swiss Pairs



Jack High Swiss Pairs



Championship Pairs plus Teams



Both Pairs



Both Swiss


Note - when booking for any combination which includes the Championship Pairs, please confirm your preferred starting time for the Championship Pairs. When booking online there are separate codes available for the purpose, i.e. A1, A3 etc

Please enter by 6th April if possible, however entries can be made later, and at the venue if necessary, though a £2 surcharge will apply to entries made at the venue. All entry fees are per person

Master Points

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


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all of the main congress events.

Level 2 agreements are permitted in the Jack High Swiss Pairs.

Venue and Tariff

In 2021 this event will be held online, but if it proves possible to run such an event in a live venue, we will do so and have a hybrid congress, with some playing live and others online.

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