Harrogate Spring Congress

9th - 11th February 2024


The EBU Harrogate Congress

- a weekend bridge competition in Yorkshire!

Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate, 9th - 11th February 2024

The Harrogate Spring Congress will be held over a long weekend in February.

A very popular congress held every year in Harrogate. Since 2017 the spring congress has been run by the Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

Entry forms are available via the YCBA website.

Swiss Pairs (9 x 8 board matches)

We will be playing in the spacious Harewood Suite and as the event is face to face, it will be returning to the traditional 3 session Swiss Pairs.

Something New: to accommodate players’ travel arrangements, the first 3 matches to be held on Friday will be offered as two alternative sessions. Players will have the option to play in the afternoon commencing at 2.00pm, leaving the evening free. Or they may play in the evening commencing at 7.30pm. Both sessions will have equal standing and BOTH SESSIONS ARE CERTAIN TO RUN. Starting times are also shown on the YCBA website.

When booking please identify which session you and your partner wish to play in.

At the close of play on Friday evening, a rankings list will be produced which will be used to assign the first round of matches for everyone for sessions 2 & 3 on Saturday.

Bridge on Saturday will start at 1.00pm with a break at 4pm when there will be a complimentary 2 course buffet style meal, served in the hotel. We aim for play to be finished on Saturday by 8.30pm. This will allow players to enjoy Harrogate in the evening. We will recommend some places to eat, which will be announced at a later date.

Swiss Teams (7 x 7 board matches)

Starting at 11.00am on Sunday, there will be 3 matches before a meal break, with a complimentary 2-course lunch served in the hotel. This will be followed by 4 matches afterwards. We plan to finish at 6:45pm, allowing plenty of time to catch trains back to London (and elsewhere!).

Really Easy Pairs

There will be 5 x 5 Board matches with registration before play at 12.30pm. A complimentary High Tea will be served halfway through with the event finishing at approximately 6.00pm

To enter

Please enter with Yorkshire CBA, and not with the EBU, see below for details.

For the Really Easy Bridge Flyer (9th Feb 2024)

For the Main Events Flyer (9-11th Feb 2024)



Swiss Teams: Tom Cohen, Jake Milne, Fiona Brown & Helen Erichsen

Swiss Pairs: Steve Raine & Chris Cooper

9 High Improvers Pairs: Ron Lesseter & Diane Lesseter

Day Start Time End Time Description
FRI 9 14:00 17:00 SWISS PAIRS session 1-3
19:30 22:30 SWISS PAIRS session 1-3
Players choose 1 of the above
SAT 10 13:00 16:00 SWISS PAIRS session 4 – 6
16:00 17:30 Break including meal
17:30 20:30 SWISS PAIRS session 7 – 9
SUN 11 11:00 14:00 SWISS TEAMS 1-3
14:00 15:00 Break including meal
15:00 18:45 SWISS TEAMS 4-7
Please note the above times may vary and can be subject to change
Entry fee (per player)
Full Congress £140
Swiss Pairs £78
Swiss Teams £62
Really Easy TBC
Entry fees are per player and include a complimentary 2-course buffet on the Saturday & Sunday with tea or coffee available at all times
Closing date for entries is 8th February 2024

Master Points

Both Swiss events are fully Green Pointed.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.

Venue and Tariff

The 2024 Congress will be held at the Cedar Court Hotel

Cedar Court Hotel, Park Parade, off Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, HG1 5AH. Tel: 01423 858 585.

Book before the 12th January 2024 to the discounted hotel rate by quoting code NOR090224


Entries to: Stuart Davies [events@ycba.co.uk]. Entry form details will be available via YCBA website nearer the time.

Payment can be made by bank transfer as follows: 

Sort code 09 - 02 - 22 Account no. 10861509 Quote ref. SC24+ Your Surname

Unfortunately, payments cannot be made by credit/debit cards or cheque.

If you wish to use a credit from your EBU account please contact the EBU Competitions Department (01296 317203, or comps@ebu.co.uk) and they will make a transfer to the YCBA. Please then email Stuart confirming details of your entry.

Previous Results

2023 results
2022 results
2021 - event not held
2020 results
2019 results
2018 results
2017 results
2016 results
2015 results
2014 results (Held in York)
2013 results
2012 results
2011 results
2010 results
2009 results
2008 results
2007 results

Find a partner/team mates

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this competition, please use the new Partnership forum