Easter Festival, London

Venue TBC, 7th - 10th April 2023

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: two sessions on Friday, with an early finish, and three on Saturday. For those who want to carry on playing on Friday evening there will be a free casual game available. 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.

9 High Swiss Pairs - Unfortunately, due to lack of numbers, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 9-High events. However there will still be an online 9-High Pairs run by Kent CBA, see below for details. Email notifications have been sent to those members affected and full refunds will be given.


9 High Improvers Pairs Online -  will be held on BBO and run by Kent CBA. It will be open to players who are NGS 9 & below on Saturday 8th April. This event 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. 

The format will be two 18 board sessions with a break between the sessions. Players can play in either or both sessions. 10% of entry fees will be given as prizes in BBO$. Enter with Kent CBA here.

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

Entry to the 9 High Improvers Pairs Online should be made direct with Kent CBA, here.



Championships Pairs - Thor Hoftaniska & Svein Olsen

Swiss Teams - Peter CrouchZia Mahmood, Simon Gillis & Erik Sælensminde

Swiss Pairs - Louise Selway & Norman Selway

KCBA / EBU Easter Improvers Pairs - Louise Selway & Norman Selway

Day Times Description
Friday 1.00pm - 5.45pm Championship Pairs, session 1
7.15pm - 9.30pm Open Pairs (free)
Saturday 11.30am - 2.30pm Championship Pairs, session 2
3.15pm - 7.15pm Championship Pairs, session 3
Sunday 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)
Monday 11.30am - 2.30pm Swiss Pairs 1 (three x 7-board matches)
3.30pm - 7.30pm Swiss Pairs 2 (four x 7-board matches)
Details of the timetable are subject to change
Entry Fees
Event Price per player
Full Congress £152
Championship Pairs £70
Swiss Teams £47
Swiss Pairs £49
Champ Pairs + Teams £108
Both Pairs £110
Both Swiss £90
9 High Improvers Pairs online BBO $5 per session
Entry fees for 2023 are still to be confirmed
Please enter by 5th 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 and Swiss Teams: fully Green Pointed.

9 High events will be Blue Pointed


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all of the main congress events and the 9 High Improvers Pairs online.

Level 2 agreements are permitted in the 9 High Swiss Pairs.

Venue and Tariff

2023 Venue Information

The venue for 2023 is still to be confirmed, further details will be made available as soon as possible.

EBU Policy on Venue Hotels



Parking and Travel Information


Players should be aware that Easter is a common occasion for engineering work on rail and tube lines. Please allow plenty of time for travel to the venue, and see the Transport for London and National Rail websites for further information.

Previous Winners

Did not take place in 2020 due to Covid-19
2019 results
2018 results
2017 results
2016 results
2015 results
2014 results
2013 results
2012 results
2011 results
2010 results
2009 results
2008 results
2007 results
Easter Festival Pairs - the history
Easter Festival Teams for the Rixi Markus Cup - the history
Under 21 Championship Pairs - the history

Find a partner/team mates

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please email comps@ebu.co.uk