The Summer Meeting at Eastbourne

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, 2nd - 11th August 2019

Following a site visit last week we are please to confirm that the building works are coming to a close in the new, modern Welcome Building (pictured) of the Devonshire Park complex in Eastbourne.

It will be used for the Nature Valley International Tennis Tournament in June, after which we are looking forward to holding our Seniors Congress there in July, before heading back for the Summer Meeting in August.

Visit the pre-congress information page for travel and parking information, tourist advice, and news updates as the congress approaches.

The Summer Meeting will incorporate Weekend Challenges and One Day Events, the Seniors Congress, and the Really Easy Congress. All events are Level 4 except for the Really Easy Congress, which is Level 2.

Please enter through the members area of the website or by email to - otherwise please enter at the venue as entries can be taken on the day, although a small surcharge is applicable.

Weekend Challenge Events

These are the flagship events of the Summer Meeting, ideal 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.

Both weekend challenge events are part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

One Day Events

For those who are only able to come to Eastbourne for a short period of time, or who simply prefer shorter competitions, there are the One Day Events.

These take place every day, except in the first weekend, and include pairs and teams events, and one- and two-session competitions. They offer the excellent bridge one would expect at the Summer Meeting, but with greater flexibility than the Weekend Challenges.

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 your reasons, the One Day Events have something to suit you.

Some of the weekday evening events have an early bird start for those who would like to finish sooner - this can make travel easier for those who are 'commuting'. Alternatively you can start at the regular time and have longer dinner break. The choice is yours.

Jack High Event

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.

Seniors Congress

To be eligible for a Seniors event, players must have their 61st birthday or beyond during the calendar year (January-December) of the event. For example, a player can play in a Seniors event at the age of 60 provided his/her 61st birthday falls later that year. For 2019 players must have been born in 1958 or earlier. See here for further details.

Under 26 Pairs

This event is no longer played at the Summer Meeting. Please see Under 26 Pairs event page

The Really Easy Summer Congress

The Really Easy Summer Congress offers a range of competitions and lessons for those who have recently 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.

Other events

On Saturday and Sunday on both weekends and on Wednesday morning there is a seminar with an expert (or experts) discussing the hands from the previous day. Previous speakers have included Andrew Robson, Zia Mahmood, David Gold and other greats of the international game. The list of speakers will be announced in the weeks before the congress. On Friday morning there will be an expert seminar on a topic and with a speaker to be announced.

On both Friday and Saturday evenings there will be fun, free, fast-paced action for the insomniacs and bridge addicts, starting at 11:30pm.

Please visit the Pre-Congress Information page for information to help you plan your trip to Eastbourne.


Timetable currently provisional, details may change

Session times

Weekend Challenge Events

See the Weekend Challenge webpage for more details on these competitions

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th (1st weekend): Swiss Pairs Championship

Green points are awarded at one-and-a-half times the standard rate for both Weekend Challenge events.

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th (2nd weekend): Four Stars Swiss Teams Championship

The evening event on Sunday 4th, and the afternoon event on Friday 9th, are free those entering the Challenge event that weekend.

One Day Events

See the One Day Event webpage for more details on these competitions

Saturday 3rd (1st Weekend) - Jack High Swiss Pairs

Two session weekend events

Saturday 10th (2nd Weekend): One-day Swiss Pairs

Sunday 11th (2nd Weekend): One-day Swiss Pairs

One session - Midweek Evenings

See the One Day Event webpage for more details on these competitions

Sunday 4th: Open Pairs or Open Teams

Free entry for Swiss Pairs Championship players.

Monday 5th: Play with the Experts pairs

Tuesday 6th - GCH Fox Championship Pairs

An early start is available

Wednesday 7th - Mixed Pivot Teams

Thursday 8th - Mixed Pairs

An early start is available

One session - Midweek Afternoons

Daily Open Pairs (Monday 5th to Friday 9th)

Friday 9th - Point-a-Board Teams

The Friday Open Pairs or Point-a-Board Teams is free to all Four Stars Swiss Teams players.

Seniors Congress

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th: Seniors Pairs

Qualifying on Monday evening, semi-finals and finals on Tuesday.

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th: Seniors Teams

One session each afternoon.

Late-night Speed Balls

On both Fridays and both Saturdays. Play starts at 11:30pm.

Discuss it with an Expert

There are morning seminars on both Saturdays and Sundays; also Wednesday and Friday. The schedule will be available shortly before the congress.

Really Easy Congress

See the Really Easy Congress webpage for more details on this event

Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th, plus a free introductory day on Monday 5th

Entry Fees

Main Events (Provisonal)


Full Congress (incl. Seniors)



Full Congress (excl. Seniors)



1st weekend Swiss Pairs (Fri-Sun)



2nd weekend Swiss Teams (Fri-Sun)



Both Swiss weekends (Fri-Sun)



All midweek events



Monday evening: Play with the Experts Pairs



Tuesday evening Championship Pairs



Wednesday evening Mixed Teams



Thursday evening Mixed Pairs



Sunday evening Open Pairs/Teams

£10 (free to those entering the 1st Weekend Swiss Pairs)


Monday afternoon Open Pairs



Tuesday afternoon Open Pairs



Wednesday afternoon Open Pairs



Thursday afternoon Open Pairs



Friday afternoon Open Pairs

£10 (Free to those entering the 2nd Weekend Swiss Teams)


Friday afternoon Point-a-Board Teams

£10 (Free to those entering the 2nd Weekend Swiss Teams)


2nd weekend Saturday one-day Swiss Pairs



2nd weekend Sunday one-day Swiss Pairs



2nd weekend both one-day Swiss Pairs



Jack High Swiss Pairs


Seniors Events


Full Congress (incl Seniors)



Seniors Pairs only



Seniors Teams only



Both Seniors events


Really Easy Congress


Full congress



Introductory day - Monday



Tuesday only (lesson and how to play sessions)



Wednesday only (lesson and how to play sessions)



Thursday - Swiss Pairs (two sessions)


Juniors from any country are entitled to half price entry.

Please enter in advance if possible. Entry fees are per player. Entries can be taken at the venue but are subject to a small surcharge.

Master Points

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
Seniors: Teams - Green Points; Pairs - Blue Points in the semi-finals, Green Points in the finals

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 eight-board match.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events, except the Really Easy Congress, which is Level 2.

Venue and Tariff

2019 Information

More details will be added to this section when available.

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