Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, 6th - 15th August 2021
We are hopeful that this year's Summer Meeting will go ahead in Eastbourne as a face to face event. However, if booking early it is advisable for the moment to be able to cancel.
Venue and Tariff
Details for 2021 (still to be finalised)
The Summer Meeting will still incorporate Weekend Challenges and One Day Events and the Really Easy Congress. All events are Level 4 except for the Really Easy Congress, which is Level 2. But, acting on feedback from the 2019 Summer Meeting Competition Meeting and the suggestions that were discussed on the Competitions Forum, we have made a few changes to the Summer Meeting 2021. Hopefully you will enjoy the new, simpler structure.
Special Offer - Have you ever played in the Summer Meeting at Eastbourne before*? If not, we have a special One-Off Limited Offer just for you! The 2021 Summer Meeting has a special one-off limited offer for any players who have not previously played in the Summer Meeting at Eastbourne £20 fee for each weekend and just £10 for all mid-week events! Book Early to avoid missing out - special offer, places are limited *You can take advantage of this great offer, even if you played at the Summer Meeting when it was held in Brighton but book early to ensure there is space for you
Weekend Challenge Events
The Weekend Challenge Events at the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne are the flagship events of the meeting, and are for those looking for an intensive long weekend of bridge. They take place across three days, with enhanced Green Points available to reflect the prestigious nature of the competition. If you are looking for an intensive weekend of quality bridge, these are the events for you. All Weekend Challenge events are Level 4. Both weekend challenge events are part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship. Please enter in advance if possible - by email, on 01296 317203, or through the members area of the website. Entries can be taken on the day but a small surcharge applies.
The First Weekend: the Swiss Pairs Championship for the Harold Poster Trophy
2019 Holders: Andrew Black & Andrew McIntosh Fourteen 8-board matches are played across the four sessions. Master Points are at an enhanced level to reflect the status of the event. 0.42 Green Points are awarded per match won (0.21 for a draw), plus bonus ranking awards to the top third of the field - 1st place: 16.00, last award receiving position: 0.56 (awards for intermediate places will be in accordance with the standard EBU congress formula). This event is stratified.
Participants in the Swiss Pairs can take part in the Sunday evening Open Pairs at no extra charge The Swiss Pairs is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.
The Second Weekend: the Four Stars Teams Championship
2019 Holders: David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett Nine 8-board matches are played across the first three sessions. Thereafter the top sixteen teams will go forward into one of the all-play-all Four Stars finals. The leading eight teams will go in to the 'A' final, and the next eight teams into the 'B' final. In each final there is a full round-robin of seven 8-board matches. Those teams outside the top sixteen will continue to play five further matches in the Swiss Teams, for the Brighton Bowl. Master Points are at an enhanced level to reflect the status of the event. 0.42 Green Points are awarded per match won (0.21 for a draw), plus bonus ranking awards as follows: 'A' final - 1st place: 16.00; down to 8th place: 4.00 (awards for intermediate places will be in accordance with the standard EBU congress formula) 'B' final - 1st place: 8.00; down to 8th place: 2.00 (awards for intermediate places will be in accordance with the standard EBU congress formula) Brighton Bowl - Awards to the top 1/3 of the field, including the 16 teams playing in the two finals (for example an original entry of 132 equates to 44 ranking award, so awards will be made to 28th place in the final standings for the Brighton Bowl). Participants in the Swiss Teams can take in the Friday afternoon Open Pairs or Point-a-Board Teams at no extra charge. The Swiss Teams is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.
Single Session Events
As part of the change in format for the 2021 Summer Meeting, we have single session events. These are for those who are only able to come to Eastbourne for a short period of time, or who simply prefer shorter competitions.
They give the opportunity to play as little or as much as you choose. Combine playing and sightseeing. Play with different partners. Just come for the day, or commute from home. Whatever you wish to do, the Single Session Events have something to suit you.
Jack High Event – sponsored by First for Bridge
This year there will be a Jack High Swiss Pairs on the first weekend, this will be a one-day green-pointed stratified Swiss Pairs. It will consist of six six-board matches, with a noon start-time. First for Bridge will award vouchers worth £150 each to the winning pair, with monetary prizes based on the size of entry awarded to the remainder of top sixth of the field with an additional prize to the top ‘nine and below’ pair.
There will be no specific seniors events at the Summer Meeting in 2021. However, there will be prizes in many categories, including seniors and NGS handicapped prizes.
The Really Easy Summer Congress
The Really Easy Summer Congress offers a range of competitions and lessons for those who have recently come to learn the game, or who have only just started playing more competitively. All players should be below the rank of Master, and have an NGS rating lower than Jack. Previous entrants to the Really Easy Congress should look to play in the main congress events. For more information please see the event webpage
TD and Scoring courses
Details of any courses to be held at the Summer Meeting will be announced in due course.
On Friday evenings there will be fun, free, fast-paced action for the insomniacs and bridge addicts, starting at 11:30pm. On Saturdays there will be a more serious fast match-pointed pairs game starting at 9pm.
|Friday 6th||7:00pm - 10:30pm||Swiss Pairs/Teams, session 1 (3 matches)|
|11:00pm||Late-night Speedball Pairs|
|Saturday 7th||10:00am||Discuss it with an expert|
|11:00am - 2:30pm||Swiss Pairs/Teams, session 2 (3 matches)|
|3:30pm - 6:55pm||Swiss Pairs/Teams, session 3 (3 matches)|
|9:00pm - 11:30pm||Fast pairs event - serious, not speedball|
|Sunday 8th||10:00am||Discuss it with an expert|
|11:00am - 1:15pm||Swiss Pairs/Teams, session 4a (2 matches)|
|2:00pm - 5:20pm||Swiss Pairs/Teams, session 4b (3 matches)|
|7:00 pm - 10:15pm||Open Pairs with IMP scoring|
|Monday 9th||GCH Fox pairs 2-session Qualifier|
|7:00pm||Swiss Pairs (nine high) Session 1 (5 x 4 boards)|
|Tuesday 10th||GCH Fox pairs all-play-all final|
|GCH Fox pairs consolation event|
|7:00pm||Swiss Pairs (nine high) Session 2 (5 x 4 boards)|
|Wednesday 11th||2:00pm||Multiple Teams event Qualifier with Pachabo (Patton) scoring|
|7:00pm||Jack High Teams, session 1 (3 x 6 boards)|
|Thursday 12th||2:00pm||Multiple Teams event Final with Pachabo (Patton) scoring|
|2:00pm||Multiple Teams event Secondary Final with Pachabo (Patton) scoring|
|7:00pm||Jack High Teams, session 2 (3 x 6 boards)|
|Friday 13th||Point-a-Board single teams session|
|Sunday 15th||11:00am - 7:10pm||Four Stars teams finals|
All events and times TBC
Juniors from any country are entitled to half price entry.
Green Points in the main Congress Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams are awarded at an enhanced level (see below). The one-day Swiss Pairs will be fully Green Pointed at the standard level. Midweek evenings, Open Pairs, Open Teams: Blue Points to the top places Really Easy events: Blue Points to the top 1/4 of the field
Green Point Match Awards To reflect the status of this congress in our calendar, green-point match awards for the Harold Poster Cup (first weekend Swiss Pairs) and the Four Stars Trophy (second weekend Swiss Teams) will be at an increased scale – i.e. 0.42 for a win and 0.21 for a draw in each 8-board match.
All events are Level 4 except for the Jack High Swiss Pairs and Really Easy Congress, which are Level 2.
Venue and Tariff
More details will be added to this section when available.
No accommodation is available at the venue, and due to the abundance of hotels within easy walking distance of the venue there is not a 'host' hotel. You are free to make your own accommodation arrangements depending on your personal budget and circumstances. Our research suggests prices are cheaper than in Brighton - in some instances 30% cheaper for like-for-like options. For details of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation, contact: Eastbourne Information Centre, Cornfield Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4QA Tel: 01323 415 415 www.visiteastbourne.com or Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Kestrel House, Marine Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7AU Tel: 01323 726756.
Things to do in and around Eastbourne
- Tripadvisor's list of attractions in Eastbourne
- Beachy Head
- Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum
- Drusillas Park
Restaurants Restaurants in the vicinity
Eastbourne Hub and helpful information
The Eastbourne Event Hub will have links to results, articles, important information and photos during the event.
Previous Summer Meeting Hubs:
Find a partner/team mates
If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please email firstname.lastname@example.org