Easter Festival, London

18th - 21st April 2025, Marlborough Primary School, South Kensington, London

 

Easter Festival, London

- an Easter bank holiday bridge competition for everyone!

18th - 21st April 2025, Marlborough Primary School
near South Kensington tube station, London

The Easter Congress will be held over the four day Easter bank holiday weekend

 

If you will be late arriving to the venue, please call 07780 673522 Please do not send a text message as this will not be forwarded. 

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.  There will be short breaks between sessions 1 & 2 and between sessions 4 & 5. 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

Monday offers two options:

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

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 19th 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

By entering an EBU congress or event you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set out in the Terms and Conditions document.

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.

Holders

2024

Championships Pairs - Claire Robinson & Paul Barden

Swiss Teams - Stephen Lee & Gad Chadha, Graham Orsmond & Francois Picard

Swiss Pairs - Catherine Seale & Ian Pagan

KCBA / EBU Easter Improvers Pairs - Michael Wilson & Ulla Adilz

Timetable
Day Start Time End Time Description
FRI 18 11:45 17:45 CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS, sessions 1 & 2
SAT 19 11:30 13:15 IMPROVERS PAIRS (BBO session 1)
11:30 13:45 CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS, session 3
14:30 19:15 CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS, sessions 4 & 5
14:30 16:45 IMPROVERS PAIRS (BBO session 2)
SUN 20 11:30 14:15 SWISS PAIRS 1 (three x 7-board matches)
15:15 19:00 SWISS PAIRS 2 (four x 7-board matches)
MON 21 11:30 14:15 STRATIFIED SWISS TEAMS 1 (three x 7-board matches)
15:15 19:00 STRATIFIED SWISS TEAMS 2 (four x 7-board matches)
Details of the timetable are subject to change
Entry Fees
Event Price (Per Person)
Full Congress (Early Bird if booked before 16th February) £169
Full Congress £179
Championship Pairs £83
Swiss Pairs £56
Swiss Teams £56
Both Pairs £129
Championship Pairs + Teams £127
Both Swiss £106
BBO Improvers Pairs $5
Entry fees for 2025 are still to be confirmed
Please enter by 17th April if possible, however entries can be made online until the day of the event

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

Agreements

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

Venue and Tariff

2025 Venue Information

Marlborough Primary School, Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AP.

Accommodation: There is no linked accommodation at the venue, however, there are hotels nearby. 

Refreshments: There will be free onsite, self-service water, tea and coffee. Players may also bring their own food and drinks. To reduce waste, we would encourage people to bring your own re-usable water bottles.

There are plenty of cafe's, restaurants and shops in the area to purchase food and drinks. There is a Sainsbury's a Starbucks and an independent café across the road from the venue, as well as more options including Pret-a-Manger and McDonalds just a 6-8 minute walk away.

EBU Policy on Venue Hotels

 

Parking and Travel Information 2025

Travel

The nearest tube station is South Kensington, on the Piccadilly, District & Circle lines. 

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. See the Transport for London and National Rail websites for further information.

Parking

There is paid-parking at car parks in the area, and some on-street parking in the local area is free outside of parking-controlled hours (according to the information on the local council website) but do take care to check that this applies to where you have parked. It is the players' responsibility to ensure they comply with the regulations in force.

Previous Winners

2024 results
2023 results
2022 results
2021 results
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 competition, please use the new Partnership forum