Scarborough Summer Congress

21st – 24th July 2022, Scarborough Spa

Incorporating the Northern Senior Pairs Championship

The Scarborough Spa provides a splendid venue right on the seafront in a wonderful seaside town. The congress has a relaxed holiday atmosphere ideal for players new to national bridge competitions. There is great value for money in the many restaurants and Scarborough hotels. Mornings are free to enjoy the many attractions of North Yorkshire (see below). The Swiss Pairs is stratified.

Please note: The cliff lift is currently undergoing repairs and will not be working during the event. Please allow plenty of time to get to the venue.

If you will be late arriving to the venue, please call 07780673522. Please do not send a text message as this will not be forwarded. 

Seniors Pairs for the Patrick Jourdain Trophy

In response to demand for more seniors events in the north of England, the Scarborough Congress now includes Seniors Tournaments. There will be a Seniors Pairs on Thursday playing for the Patrick Jourdain Trophy. To be eligible for the Seniors competitions/prizes at the Congress you should have been born in 1959 or earlier. Please note that following changes to the Seniors criteria by the WBF, in 2022 Seniors' competitions are for those aged 63 or older - see here for more details.

To enter

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu. You can also call 01296 317203/19 or email


Congress Prices

The prices for our face-to-face congresses and competitions remain about the same as they were before the pandemic started, which reflects the fact that major green-pointed events always attract a premium.

We have worked hard to keep bridge going since the start of the pandemic, but with it still affecting everything we need to continue to work hard to keep the EBU going financially. Although we took advantage of all government support that we were entitled to, made a number of staff redundant and cut costs everywhere we could, we still need to carry on taking care to avoid using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme having ended this has become even more difficult.

Competitions are one way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival and we will be following this pricing strategy for all our congresses and major competitions.



Swiss Pairs - Steve Raine & Chris Cooper
Multiple Teams - Chris Cooper, Steve Raine, John Sansom & Jason Hackett
Northern Senior Pairs Championship - Jeremy Dhondy & Bill Hirst
Pre-Congress Pairs - Chris Derrick & Tommy Brass

Event not held in 2020 or 2021

Date Time Event
Thursday 21st 2pm - 5:30pm Seniors Championship Pairs Qualifier (with a short tea break)
7:15pm - 10:45pm Pre-congress Pairs, including Seniors Pairs Consolation, for the Scarborough Bridge Club Trophy
7:15pm - 10:50pm Seniors Championship Pairs Final
Friday 22nd 2pm - 5:30pm Multiple Teams qualifier (24 boards)
7:30pm - 11:00pm ‘A’ final for the McMahon Trophy
7:30pm - 11:00pm ‘B’ final for the Mike Ingham Trophy
7:30pm - 11:00pm Open Teams Final
Saturday 23rd 2pm - 5:45pm Swiss Pairs for the Philip Mason Trophy (session 1, 4 x 7-board matches)
8pm - 10:45pm Swiss Pairs (session 2, 3 x 7-board matches)
Sunday 24th 11pm - 4:30pm Swiss Pairs (session 3, 5 x 7-board matches)
Entry Fees
Code Event Price (per person)
A Full Congress Inc Seniors Pairs £140
B Full Congress Ex Seniors Pairs £115
C Seniors Championship Pairs £36
D Multiple Teams £41
E Swiss Pairs £72
F Open Pairs (Thursday eve) £13
G Seniors Pairs plus Multiple Teams £72
H Seniors Pairs plus Swiss Pairs £105
I Multiple Teams plus Swiss Pairs £105

Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance. Entries close on Monday 18th July at 5pm

Master Points

All events are fully Green Pointed, save for the Open Pairs (Blue Points on the National Congress Scale).


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.

Venue and Tariff

The congress will be held in the wonderful Scarborough Spa, which provides a splendid venue right on the seafront.

A list of Scarborough hotels and availability can be found here. We would recommend booking as soon as possible to get the best deals. Players are advised to book the congress before the accommodation.

Please note: The cliff lift is currently undergoing repairs and will not be working during the event. Please allow plenty of time to get to the venue.

Things to do in and around Scarborough