Since 2016 the National Pairs has a new structure without club heats and with an increased number of Regional Finals, open to all EBU members who wish to enter.
The Regional Finals will take place at several venues (to be announced).
The National Final will take place at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Coventry. to be confirmed.
As in the past, the competition will culminate in a National Final contested by the top 50 pairs.
The event is also part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.
Entries are not yet being taken for this competition
David Kendrick & Paul Barden
Sunday 10th March
1.00 - 4.15
5.15 - 8.30
Saturday 6th April
1.00 - 2.55
3.15 - 5.10
6.45 - 8.40
8.45 - 10.40
Sunday 7th April
10.30 - 12.25
1.00 - 2.55
3.00 - 4.55
£29 per player
£56 per player
Green Points to the top pairs in each session and overall
Green Points to halfway.
Level 4 agreements are permitted.
Venue and Tariff
2019 Regional Finals
The Regional Finals will be held on Sunday 10th March 2019, starting at 1.00pm and ending at approximately 8.30pm.
The venue and catering information will be displayed here when available.
2019 National Final
The National Final will be held on the weekend of 6th – 7th April 2019, 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.
Note venue information for the 2019 final below is to be confirmed.
2018 Regional Finals
The Regional Finals will be held on Sunday 18th March 2018, starting at 1.00pm and ending at approximately 8.30pm. The venues will be divided into five regions for the purpose of awarding the regional winners’ trophies.
Bradford Bridge Club, BD8 7HB
West Midlands Bridge Club, Solihull, B91 3EP
South East Region
Patcham Bridge Club, Brighton, BN1 8TA
Richmond Bridge Club, London, TW1 2PG
Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club, TN1 1DL - Cancelled Young Chelsea Bridge Club, London, W12 8HA - Cancelled
Bristol Bridge Club, Bristol, BS8 4QQ
Exeter Bridge Club, Gypsy Hill Hotel, Exeter, EX1 3RN
Stamford Bridge Club, PE9 2RN
First Class Bridge Academy, Billericay, CM11 2UD
See a map of the locations here
All venues will play the same boards and the event will be scored across the entire field. The top 50 pairs nationally will qualify to play in the National Final. Should any pair be unable to play in the National Final, their place will be taken by the next-ranked pair.
In addition a ranking list will be produced from each region (scored by itself), with the winning pairs being awarded the regional trophies.
Catering arrangements for 2018
Billericay - Free tea/coffee and biscuits are available at the club. Hot food is sold at the café beneath the club until 4pm.
Bradford - A buffet tea will be available to purchase.
Bristol - a plated tea to include sandwich with garnish, savoury, sweet, and tea or coffee, is available to pre-order at a cost of £6.00. You must contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to do this.
Exeter - Tea, coffee, soft drinks and licensed bar available. Soup and sandwich menu available in the break. Please do not bring your own food/drink to consume on the premises
Patcham BC, Brighton: There will be no on-site catering, however there are shops, take aways,restaurants and pubs nearby.
Richmond - A selection of sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes available to be pre-ordered on the day for collection in the break.
Solihull, West Midlands Bridge Club A range of cold sandwiches and snacks will be available as well as a licensed bar. Only food and drink purchased on the premises may be consumed on the premises (dietary requirements can be accommodated, please call 0121 704 9633 and speak to Jayne).
Stamford Bridge Club - Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are available free but please bring your own food.
Tunbridge Wells - A licensed bar is available where drinks (including teas and coffees) and small items of confectionery can be purchased. There are a considerable number of restaurants, cafes and coffee bars within easy reach of the club premises. - Cancelled
2018 National Final
The National Final will be held on the weekend of 14th – 15th April 2018, 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.
Double Tree Hilton Hotel - Coventry, Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry, CV2 2ST,
In order to take advantage of exclusive rates book via the EBU Accommodation Booking Service and call Bridge Overseas Freephone on: 0800 0346 246
2018 hotel rates
DB&B £79 sharing; £89 double for sole use
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.