National Pairs

Regional Finals: 23rd March 2025 (BBO and RealBridge); Final: 12th – 13th April 2025, Online (RealBridge)


The EBU National Pairs

- our national pairs championship!

Now in three stages

In 2025 any pair that gets 55% or over in a club game between 2nd Feb and 15th Feb will be entitled to play in the Regional Finals on 23rd March. All club games that award full rate master points (those of 18 boards or more that are submitted by clubs under Code 10 or Code 12) will count and the clubs do not need to do anything special - if the game is played and submitted, players who get over 55% will automatically qualify. Pairs games that are scored in IMPs will also count, subject to conversion using the same principles as used by the NGS.

There will be five regional finals, mostly run by counties from within the regions, on 23rd March with two online platforms (BBO and RealBridge) for each. Entry fees for the regional finals will be £TBC per player. Players may qualify from any club in the country but at least one player from each pair must have allegiance to a county of the region in which they play the regional final. Two players who both qualify in different partnerships may form a new partnership to play in a regional final.

The results within the regions will be used to award the five regional trophies. All five regions will also be combined and scored nationally to determine the top 50 pairs, who will be entitled to play the National Pairs Final on RealBridge on 12th - 13th April 2025.

The event is also part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

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.

Entry to the regional finals are made via the links below under Venue and Tariff.

Entry to the National Final is determined by qualification from the regional finals.

Online Congress Prices

Competitions are an important way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival, and our pricing strategy for online events reflects this rather than the lower costs involved in running such events. Our intention is that this will continue for all our online congresses and major competitions - they will be cheaper than face-to-face equivalents but will still be priced to help support other aspects of the EBU's work.


2024 David Norman & Peter Lee

Day Start Time End Time Description
Regional Finals Held by Counties
SUN 23 MAR 11:30 14:20 Session 1: 24 boards
15:00 17:50 Session 2: 24 boards
National Final
SAT 12 APR 11:00 14:00 Session 1: 24 boards
14:45 18:00 Session 2: 26 boards
SUN 13 APR 11:00 14:00 Session 3: 24 boards
14:45 17:45 Session 4: 24 boards
Details of the timetable may be subject to change
Entry Fees
Event Prices (per player)
Regional Finals Entry fees TBC
National Final TBC
Entry fees for 2025 are still TBC
Entries to the final by invitation; convention cards to be submitted via My EBU prior to play

Master Points

Regional Finals

Green Points are awarded throughout, both for session results and for final ranking. Session awards go to the top 1/4 of the overall field based on the session scores alone. In addition, ranking points go to the top 1/2 of the overall field based on the two-session total score. Session awards and final ranking awards are cumulative. 

The Regions and associated counties are as follows:

Northern: Cumbria, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Manchester, Merseyside/Cheshire, North-East, Westmorland, Yorkshire

Eastern: Bedfordshire, Berks. & Bucks., Cambs. & Hunts., Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

Midlands: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northants., Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Staffs. & Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire. 

South Eastern: Kent, London, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex. 

South Western: Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hants. & IOW, Gloucestershire, Guernsey, Herefordshire, Jersey, Somerset, Wiltshire. 

National Final

Green Points to halfway.


Level 4 agreements are permitted.


Venue and Tariff

2024 Regional Finals

The regional finals will be held on Sunday 23rd March 2025. If your county wishes to host a heat please contact for information. Regional finals will be played online, with one session on BBO and one on RealBridge. Details for regional finals will be published below once known.


2025 National Final

The National Final will be held on the weekend of 12th – 13th April 2025, starting at 11.00am on the Saturday and finishing at approximately 6.00pm on the Sunday. The final will be played online via RealBridge.

Previous Results

2024 results
2023 results
2022 results
2021 results
Event 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

National Pairs - a 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