From 2016 the National Pairs had an updated structure without local heats and with an increased number of regional venues, open to all EBU members who wish to enter. Now we are going to extend this, to try to reduce entry fees and increase numbers of venues and players. Heats will take place at several clubs around the country and will be run by those clubs, promoted among their members as well as nationally. The National ranking list will be determined by scoring across the field.
As in the past, the competition will culminate in a National Final contested by the top 50 pairs nationally. In addition, regional trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winners of each of the five regions taking part, for which purpose each region will be scored separately to create a Regional ranking list.
The event is also part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.
Entry to a heat is made direct to the club in question.
Frances Hinden & Jeffrey Allerton
Sunday 15th March
To be determined by each club - see below
Saturday 18th April
1.00 - 2.55
3.15 - 5.10
6.45 - 8.40
8.45 - 10.40
Sunday 19th April
10.30 - 12.25
1.00 - 2.55
3.00 - 4.55
Entry fees determined by each club venue.
£58 per player
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 results will be stratified.
Green Points to halfway.
Level 4 agreements are permitted.
Venue and Tariff
2020 Club Heats
The club heats will be held on Sunday 15th March 2020. Confirmed venues are as follows. Others may still be added.
Bradford Bridge Club, BD8 7HB (starts at 1pm and costs £16 (No surcharge for non-members of Club; juniors (under 26 at 31/12/20) - half-price). Entries to Stuart Davies (07825 -506919; email@example.com). BACS details - 40-47-83. 50420972. Ref NP+surname as appropriate)
South East Region
Richmond Bridge Club, Cambridge Park, TW1 2PG (starts at 11.00am and costs £15 per person. Entries via club website. Contact phone number and/or email for enquiries 07887781997, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Catering arrangements for 2020
Bradford BC - Two course buffet meal including tea/coffee with the meal. Orders taken on the day. Cost - £8.00 Private parking available at the Club - plus some parking on road.
Caterham - There will be tea/coffee and biscuits available to purchase from 10.45 til 15.00. You are welcome to bring your own food. There is a Coughlans Bakery 50 yards away which serves a variety of goodies.
Exeter BC - Food available from the hotel to order on arrival. N.B. no other food to be brought and eaten in the hotel. Plenty of free car parking.
Richmond - A selection of jacket potatoes & sandwiches will be available for collection at lunch time, if booked before the start of the session. Free parking on roads.
Stamford Bridge Club - Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are available free but please bring your own food.
2020 National Final
The National Final will be held on the weekend of 18th – 19th April 2020, starting at 1.00pm on the Saturday and finishing at approximately 5.30pm on the Sunday. The final is all-play-all with 49 two board rounds.
Now confirmed as Hilton Warwick/Stratford , Stratford Road, Warwick, CV34 6RE (just off M40 J15)
In order to take advantage of exclusive rates book via the EBU Accommodation Booking Service and call Bridge Overseas Freephone on: 0800 0346 246
2020 hotel rates
Dinner Bed & Breakfast
£79 pp shared occupancy
£89 pp sole occupancy
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.