Harrogate Spring Congress

21st - 23rd February 2020, Cairn Hotel, Harrogate, HG1 2JD

A very popular congress held in Harrogate.

Since 2017 the spring congress is run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU. An entry form will be available via the YCBA website at www.ycba.co.uk.

To enter

Please enter with Yorkshire CBA, and not with the EBU. See below for details or visit the YCBA website for entry.


Swiss Pairs: Henry Rose & James Thrower
Swiss Teams: Geoff Kenyon, Carole Kelly, Robin Jepson & Alan Brosgill
Open Pairs: Nick Woolven & Richard Winter
Mixed Pairs: John Brearley & Judy Brearley
Improvers Pairs: Carole Wilson & Karen Kayes
Improvers Teams: Adrian Hornby, Helen Dickinson, John Ungar & Miranda Hughes


Harrogate Spring Congress event timetable.




Friday, 21st February

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Mixed Pairs & Open Pairs

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Improvers Pairs

7.30pm - 10.45pm

Swiss Pairs, Session 1 (3x8 board matches)

Saturday, 22nd February

2.00pm - 5.15pm

Swiss Pairs, Session 2 (3x8 board matches)

5.15pm - 6.45pm

Complimentary 2 course Buffet Supper

6.45pm - 10.00pm

Swiss Pairs, Session 3 (3x8 board matches)

Sunday, 23rd February

11.30am - 2.30pm

Swiss Teams (3x7 board matches)

2.30pm - 3.15pm

Lunch break

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Improvers Teams

3.15pm - 7.00pm

Swiss Teams (4x7 board matches)

Entry Fees

Entry fee (per player)

(A) Full Congress*

£102 (Juniors £60)

(B) Stratified Swiss Pairs*

£68 (Juniors £43)

(C) Swiss Teams

£32 (Juniors £16)

(D) Mixed/Open Pairs

£12 (Juniors £6)

(E) Improvers Pairs

£12 (Juniors £6)

(F) Improvers Teams

£12 (Juniors £6)

* Includes a complimentary 2 course buffet supper
Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance to the YCBA (see below). Entry to the Full Congress or Swiss Pairs includes a two course buffet supper on Saturday

Closing date for entries is 17th February 2020

Master Points

Both Swiss events are fully Green Pointed. The Mixed/Open Pairs are Blue Pointed on the national congress scale. The Improvers Pairs is also Blue Pointed.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.

Venue and Tariff

Cairn Hotel
Ripon Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2JD, UK
Tel: 01423 504005

Bookings should be made direct with the hotel – this is not an event for which accommodation can be booked via the Accommodation Booking Service operated by Bridge Overseas. Early booking is advised, as the number of rooms is limited.

2020 Rates

Dinner, bed and breakfast: £77 pppn sharing (for a twin or double); £87 single occupancy in single room
Bed & breakfast: £62 pppn sharing (for a twin or double); £72 single occupancy in single room
Note: entry to the Swiss Pairs includes a complimentary buffet supper on Saturday, so players intending to stay in the hotel on Saturday night should book the bed and breakfast tariff for Saturday irrespective of the tariff chosen for any other night.

Dinner is available on the Friday between sessions. Bar snacks and sandwiches are available pre-ordered between sessions on the Sunday. Only food purchases at the Cairn may be consumed in either the playing areas of the public areas of the hotel.

A number of rooms are reserved for booking at this negotiated rate for a limited period of time. Any unbooked rooms are usually released for booking by the general public a few weeks before the event. Thereafter rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. Likewise if all allocated rooms are booked then rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. To ensure rooms are available at the negotiated rate please book as early as possible.

Accessible from the A61, A6040, A661 and A59. Local bus links are available from the Railway Station. Harrogate Railway Station is less than a mile away.

Parking: There is complimentary parking on site.

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