Really Easy Congress

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne (TBC), 5th – 8th August 2018

Venue for 2019
We are confident that the renovations of the Devonshire Park complex in Eastbourne will be completed to a point where we will be able to hold the Summer Meeting in the refurbished buildings. This follows a site visit, and conversations with those involved - and we're pleased to say the new venue looks excellent (picture shows an artist's impression of the finished venue). Some information on the renovations can be seen on the Conference Eastbourne website.

There may, of course, be unforeseen circumstances outside our control which mean that this is not possible - so please keep this in mind when making any travel or accommodation reservations - however we are proceeding as though the event will be at this venue in 2019.

It will be held 5th - 08th August (again, dependent on everything progressing as expected).

Further details on the congress will be added here when finalised.
A congress for all levels of novice players.

The standard

The Really Easy Congress is aimed at 'less experienced' players.

There is no lower limit on ability, and all who have reached a level where they are playing unassisted in a club are welcome, though we anticipate that most players will be a seven or higher on the NGS.

At the upper end of the spectrum, we would expect that the stronger players would still be 'inexperienced'. They must be no higher than a Jack on the NGS, and should ideally have little/no experience of green-point events, and are likely to be below the rank of Master.

Those who are above these levels should instead consider playing in one of the main events in the Summer Festival - the weekend Swiss competitions in London (full weekend or one-day options available), or the midweek competitions - or in other EBU congresses.

All Really Easy Events ares restricted to level 2 conventions. If you regularly play any level 4 conventions you should play in the main congress events.

Please note: We reserve the right to restrict entry to the Really Easy Congress to those we consider to be of the right playing level. Please do not think you are being modest by underestimating your ability - if you are too strong a player you may spoil the event for other participants.

Other competitions for less experienced players

Anyone who has enjoyed the Really Easy events in the past, or who is thinking of joining us this year, may be interested in our Really Easy Weekends - a full weekend of bridge, in great hotels and with a fun atmosphere, for 'experienced novices'.

Jack High Swiss Pairs
These are held at the Easter Festival, and Year End Congress, both in London. In order to qualify to play in this event, you must have an NGS of no higher than ‘Jack’ at the time of entering. We envisage that at the lower end, players will be ‘7’ or higher. The event will be stratified too so that there are extra Master Points and an extra prize available for pairs of players both ranked ‘9’ or lower. This competition is priced at a discounted rated to encourage new participants to congress bridge.

To enter

Entries for this event are not yet being taken


2018 details - 2019 may vary

Session times

Friday 10th August


Single session pairs competition


Single session pairs competition

Saturday 11th August




Single session pairs competition


Single session teams competition

Sunday 12th August

10:30am (finish 3:30pm approx)

Swiss Pairs Competition (two sessions - short break midway through)

Entry Fees

2018 prices - 2019 may vary

Full congress


Friday only


Saturday only


Sunday only


Prices are per person

Master Points

Blue points will be awarded to the top 1/4 of the field in all events.


Level 2 agreements are permitted in the Really Easy Congress. Those wishing to play level 4 agreements should enter the Summer Festival competitions.

Venue and Tariff

2019 Venue

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne (TBC)

2018 Venue

The Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon.
Junction 15, M40 A429 Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE. Telephone 01926 499555

This hotel is 7 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, and only 2 miles from the centre of Warwick.

In order to take advantage of the following rates book via the EBU Accommodation Booking Service - call Bridge Overseas Freephone on: 0800 0346 246, or use their online reservation form.

2 nights DB&B - £165 per person in shared accommodation
2 nights DB&B - £189 per person for sole use of a double room
Full English/Continental breakfast
Three course evening meal (in the 360 Restaurant)

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.

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