Since 2016 the National Pairs has 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.
Accordingly, the regional heats in 2020 will take place at several clubs around the country and will be run by those clubs, promoted among their members as well as nationally.
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 regional heat is made direct to the venue in question.
Frances Hinden & Jeffrey Allerton
Sunday 15th March
1.00 - 4.15
5.15 - 8.30
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 to the top pairs in each session and overall
Green Points to halfway.
Level 4 agreements are permitted.
Venue and Tariff
2020 Regional Heats
The regional heats will be held on Sunday 15th March 2020, starting at 1.00pm and ending at approximately 8.30pm. Venues listed below hosted heats in 2019 and we anticipate them, and several others which will be added in due course, running heats in 2020.
First Class Bridge Academy, Billericay, CM11 2UD
Stamford Bridge Club, PE9 2RN
West Midlands Bridge Club, Solihull, B91 3EP
Bradford Bridge Club, BD8 7HB
South East Region
Patcham Bridge Club, Brighton, BN1 8TA
Richmond Bridge Club, London, TW1 2PG
Bristol Bridge Club, Bristol, BS8 4QQ
Exeter Bridge Club, Gypsy Hill Hotel, Exeter, EX1 3RN
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.
In order to take advantage of exclusive rates once the venue has been confirmed, book via the EBU Accommodation Booking Service and call Bridge Overseas Freephone on: 0800 0346 246