Seniors Congress

2nd - 4th November 2018, Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester

The Championship Pairs is a two-day event – two qualifying rounds on Friday, and an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ final on Saturday, each comprising two sessions. Those who qualify for the main semi-final of the Championship Pairs carry forward their first session score. There is be no carry-forward to the secondary semi-final, and it is possible to qualify for the final from either semi-final. The majority of pairs qualifying for either final will have done so by being in the top 60% of the first qualifying session, and then having a sufficiently good combined score in the two qualifying sessions. However, a smaller number of pairs can qualify for either final directly from the secondary qualifier in session two, whether because they only joined the congress on Friday evening, or because they failed to reach the main qualifier in session two.

The Swiss Pairs Championship is a two session event, with a total of nine 6-board matches and is open to pairs eliminated from the Championship Pairs at the end of Friday evening, and to players joining the congress on Saturday.

The Swiss Teams comprises seven 7-board matches with a short break after three matches.

Please note: The WBF - and consequently the EBL and Bridge Great Britain - have adjusted their criteria for eligibility for Seniors events, and this will come in to effect in 2018. As this was done at short notice, however, the EBU will not be making any changes to the criteria for entry to its senior congresses until 2019 (changes to trial events were made in 2018). The current criteria therefore still apply for this event and players must have their 60th birthday or beyond during the calendar year (January-December) of the event - i.e. entrants must be born in 1958 or earlier. See here for further 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, email comps@ebu.co.uk, or post the above booking form.

Holders

2018
Championship Pairs - Glyn Meredith & Jo Copping
Championship Pairs, B Final - Simon Stokes & Alison Nichols
Swiss Pairs - Celia Oram & Derek Oram
Swiss Teams - Robert Procter, Michael Robinson, Phil Thornton & Nigel Wolfendale

Timetable

Day

Times

Description

Friday

2.00 pm - 5.45 pm

Championship Pairs qualifying round 1

7.30 pm - 11.00 pm

Championship Pairs qualifying round 2 & Secondary Pairs qualifying round

Saturday

11:00am – 2:15pm

Championship pairs “A” & “B” finals (session 1) (8 x 3-board rounds)

11:00am – 2:15pm

Swiss Pairs, session 1 (4 x 6-board matches)

2:45pm – 7:15pm

Championship pairs “A” & “B” finals (session 2) (11 x 3-board rounds with a short break)

2:45pm – 7:30pm

Swiss Pairs, session 2 (5 x 6-board matches with a short break)

Sunday

11.00 am - 7.00 pm

Swiss Teams (seven x 7-board matches) with a short lunch break after three matches

Entry Fees

(A) Full Congress

£98

(B) Championship Pairs

£73

(C) Champ Pairs (Fri evening start)

£56

(D) Swiss Pairs

£39

(E) Swiss Teams

£34

(F) Champ Pairs (Fri eve)+Teams

£88

(G) Swiss Pairs +Teams

£68

Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance’

Closing date for entries is 23rd October; however please enter in advance due to the popularity of this event

Master Points

All events are fully Green Pointed, save for the qualifying rounds of the Pairs Championship (Blue points only, but all qualifiers are guaranteed a Green Point award in the finals).

Agreements

Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.

Venue and Tariff

Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester, Marlstone Close, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester GL4 6EA

2018 Rates

DB&B £79 per person per night sharing; and £89 single occupancy

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.

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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