The Online Summer Meeting - "Virtual Eastbourne"

Virtual Eastbourne, 1st - 9th August 2020

COVID-19 crisis:

Due to the current situation, the Summer Meeting will now be held as a series of online events.

Summer Meeting Hub

First Weekend: Championship Pairs

Second Weekend: Teams Championship

Progressive Congress (formerly Really Easy Congress)

Midweek Events


Entry Fees

Venue and Tariff place of our Summer Meeting in Eastbourne, which has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning a series of online events to take its place during the period 1st-9th August. Precise details of event times, formats and costs, together with information about registering for them will be available soon, but to help you with your planning the schedule will be as follows.

Note: all regular daily games will continue to be provided on BBO for those who don’t want to play in the long events of the Online Summer Meeting.

Player's Handbook available here

First Weekend: Championship Pairs

During the first weekend, there is a Pairs Championship, which will be run in conjunction with Mind Sports Olympiad such that the Bridge result can be combined with any four other tournament finishes at MSO for the overall PENTAMIND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Mind Sports Olympiad is an annual competition that includes mind sports from Chess and Bridge to Backgammon and Poker. This year the MSO event is entirely online from August 1st to 30th, and open to everyone.

  • Summary of EBU (systems and alerting) regulations, aimed at Mind Sports Olympiad participants playing in the Championship Pairs.
  • On Saturday 1st August, there will be a 2-session qualifier. This will start at 1pm and run as a single 2x22 board long session with a break in the middle.
    On Sunday 2nd August, there will be two or more all-play-all pairs events for the qualifying pairs. There will be 8 tables in each of the main two (or more) finals, with 15x3 board rounds played as Howells with a break in the middle. There will also be a consolation event of similar length, for all other non-qualifying pairs. The events will start at 1pm. Those who who do not qualify for a final do not have to play on the Sunday and those who do not play on the Saturday may play in the consolation event only.

    Payment will be in BB$ at the point of registration. Advance entry will not be required.

    Midweek - 3-7 Aug

    Midweek Knockout Teams

    The Knockout Teams event will be a double elimination if suitable numbers enter, with consolation events for those eliminated early – all teams will be guaranteed at least two matches.

    Teams will be drawn and set up their own 24-board matches, played daily. If numbers are too large, the final stage will carry on in to the following week, or have more than one match played in a day. Default start time will be 6pm each day (2pm Friday to avoid clashing with the Swiss Teams), but teams are free to re-schedule earlier or later in the day by mutual agreement.

    Midweek Individual Ladders, based on results from our regular daily games:

  • Best six results from the 20 afternoon/evening games
  • Best three results from the five Fast games
  • Progressive Congress (formerly Really Easy Congress)

    We will combine the current relaxed Pairs sessions with an opportunity for players to play in a congress in a less competitive environment. Each morning at 11.00am there will be a 12 board relaxed Pairs session. On Monday and Tuesday evenings, we will run a Swiss Pairs event for players up to NGS 9. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings we will run a teams event for players up to NGS Jack. You may enter your own team or we will match you with another pair. To enter please contact If you would like to compete in these events but have no partner, please contact

    If you sign up for the Swiss Pairs or Swiss Teams events and two Relaxed Pairs sessions during that week, you are invited to join the Zoom tutorials which are free of charge.

    Second Weekend: Teams Championship

    Friday/Saturday - Swiss Teams (Old style with different boards in each match) Friday start 6.30pm, Saturday 11am & Sunday NOW 11.30am.
    Sunday - Teams finals for top teams, Swiss Teams continue for the rest.
    Following the entry deadline, teams will receive an email explaining how the event will be administrated

    Extra events

    Discuss with the Experts seminars on Zoom – 11am on 1st Sunday and Monday when boards from the previous day’s pairs events will be in discussed. Michael Byrne has been confirmed as our expert for Sunday morning and our Monday experts will be Kay Preddy and Norman Selway.

    Late-night speedballs at 10.30pm on the two Saturdays – 16 boards each, IMP pairs on the first Saturday.

    New! Individual Ladder to be held during the second weekend, based on the best three results of the eight regular afternoon/evening pairs games.



    Session times

    Championship Pairs

    Saturday 1st - Qualifying sessions

    1pm - Session 1 (22 boards)

    4.30pm - Session 2 (22 boards)

    Sunday 2nd - Finals and consolation events

    Main Pairs Final (session 1)

    1pm - (8 x 3 = 24 boards)

    Secondary Pairs Final(s) (session 1)

    1.05pm - (24 boards)

    Consolation Pairs (session 1)

    1.10pm - (22 boards)

    Consolation Pairs (session 2)

    4.30pm - (22 boards)

    Main Pairs Final (session 2)

    4.40pm - (7 x 3 = 21 boards)

    Secondary Pairs Final(s) (session 2)

    4.45pm - (21 boards)

    Mid-Week Knockout Teams

    Monday 3rd

    6pm - 24-board matches (reschedule by mutual agreement)

    Tuesday 4th

    6pm - 24-board matches (reschedule by mutual agreement)

    Wednesday 5th

    6pm - 24-board matches (reschedule by mutual agreement)

    Thursday 6th

    6pm - 24-board matches (reschedule by mutual agreement)

    Friday 7th

    2pm - 24-board matches (reschedule by mutual agreement)

    Championship Teams

    Friday 7th - Swiss Teams

    3x8-board matches

    Match 1


    Match 2


    Match 3


    Saturday 8th - Swiss Teams

    7x8-board matches with a break after 4 matches

    Match 3


    Match 4


    Match 5


    Match 6


    Match 7


    Match 8


    Match 9


    Sunday 9th - Finals and Swiss Teams


    Four Star Finals (session 1)

    11am (3 matches)

    Four Star Finals (session 2)

    3pm (4 matches)

    Match 10


    Match 11


    Match 12


    Match 13


    Match 14


    Progressive Congress

    Monday 3rd - Relaxed Pairs (nine high)

    11am (12 boards)

    Monday 3rd - Zoom welcome and introduction

    2.15pm Zoom Link

    Monday 3rd - Swiss Pairs (nine high)

    7.15pm - Session 1 (5 x 4 boards)

    Tuesday 4th - Relaxed Pairs (nine high)

    11am (12 boards)

    Tuesday 4th - Zoom seminar and hands discussion: defence


    Tuesday 4th - Swiss Pairs (nine high)

    7.15pm - Session 2 (5 x 4 boards)

    Wednesday 5th - Relaxed Pairs (nine high)

    11am (12 boards)

    Wednesday 5th - EBED Pairs and Zoom discussion


    Wednesday 5th - Teams* (jack high)

    7.15pm - Session 1 (3 x 6 boards)

    Thursday 6th - Relaxed Pairs (nine high)

    11am (12 boards)

    Thursday 6th - Zoom seminar and hand discussion: doubles


    Thursday 6th - Teams* (jack high)

    7.15pm - Session 2 (3 x 6 boards)

    *Team may be Swiss or not depending on numbers

    Discuss it with an Expert seminars on Zoom

    Sunday 2nd

    11am with Michael Byrne Zoom Link

    Monday 3rd

    11am with Kay Preddy and Norman Selway Zoom Link

    Late-night Speedballs

    Saturday 1st

    10.30pm 16 boards (IMP pairs)

    Saturday 8th

    10.30pm 16 boards

    Daily Events - including weekends

    Fast Pairs

    12 noon (12 boards)

    Open Pairs (Game 1)

    2pm (12 boards)

    Open Pairs (Game 2)

    3.30pm (12 boards)

    Open Pairs (Game 3)

    7.30pm (12 boards)

    Open Pairs (Game 4)

    9pm (12 boards)

    Entry Fees

    The structure of BBO games means that we have to charge by two different methods.

    All pairs games will be paid in BB$ at the point of registration. Teams games will be paid in advance to the EBU

    Pairs championship

    $40 per person total for the two days - $30 on the first day and $10 on the second.


    $1.50 each

    Teams games will be paid in advance to the EBU in sterling

    Phone (01296 317219), email or by My EBU

    Midweek KO teams

    £60 per team (2 matches guaranteed)

    Teams Championship

    £120 per team

    Progressive Congress

    Phone (01296 317219), email or by My EBU

    Swiss Teams

    £10 per team

    Swiss Pairs

    $5 per session (Two session event) Enter via this form


    Free Enter via this form

    Morning Relaxed Pairs

    $1.50 each Enter via this form

    Juniors from any country are entitled to half price entry.

    Master Points

    Master Points

    Green Points will be awarded at usual rates for all the main events. Blue points for the mid-week ladders and Really Easy events.

    These will depend on entry sizes but will be more modest than usual to reflect the lower entry prices of online events compared with our traditional Summer Meeting events. They will be paid in BB$ to players' BBO accounts.

    Systems and online alerting regulations :
    EBU level-4 agreements will be allowed throughout except for the Progressive Congress which will be Level-2 (straightforward agreements).
    EBU online alerting agreements will apply. See the Skyblue book for more details.

    Venue and Tariff

    2020 Information

    Due to Covid-19, this event will be held online. There will be no physical venue.

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