The Summer Meeting at Eastbourne

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, 31st July - 9th August 2020

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne


Weekend Challenge Events

Single Session
Events

Really Easy Summer Congress

TD and Scoring Courses

Timetable

Entry Fees

Venue and Tariff

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In 2020 we have an exciting brand new schedule of events and timings!

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 last year’s Summer Meeting Competition Meeting and the suggestions that were discussed on the Competitions Forum, we have made a few changes to the Summer Meeting 2020. 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 2020 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

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


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 317203/219, 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 & Juston 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 2020 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.


Seniors Congress

There will be no specific seniors events at the Summer Meeting in 2020. 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.
The schedule of training courses to take place at the Summer Meeting has been confirmed.

Monday - 10:30 - 4:30 - TD course: How to run a club duplicate
Tuesday - 10:30 - 4:30 - TD course: Book Rulings
Wednesday - 10:30 - 4:30 - TD course: Book/Judgement Rulings
Thursday - 10:30 - 4:30 - TD course: Assessment

Friday - 10:30 - 4:30 - Advanced TD training - TBC

To make a booking for any of the above please contact richard@ebedcio.org.uk, or call 01296 317217.

Other events

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.


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

Timetable

Timetable

Session times

Weekend Challenge Events

Friday 31st - Sunday 2nd (1st weekend): Swiss Pairs Championship

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

Friday 31st

7:00pm - 10:30pm Session 1 - three 8-board matches

Saturday 1st

11:00am - 2:30pm Session 2 - three 8-board matches

3:30pm - 6:55pm Session 3 - three 8-board matches

Sunday 2nd

11:00am - 1:15pm Session 4a - two 8-board matches

2:00pm - 5:20pm Session 4b - three 8-board matches

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th (2nd weekend): Four Stars Swiss Teams Championship

The evening event on Sunday 9th, and the afternoon event on Friday 7th, are free to those entering the Challenge event that weekend.

Friday 7th

7:00pm - 10:30pm Session 1 - three 8-board matches

Saturday 8th

11:00am - 2:30pm Session 2 - three 8-board matches

3:30pm - 6:55pm Session 3 - three 8-board matches

Sunday 9th

11:00am - 2:15pm Four Stars Finals (session 1) - two 8-board matches

11:00am - 1:15pm Session 4a - two 8-board matches (Brighton Bowl participants)

2:00pm - 5:20pm Session 4b - three 8-board matches (Brighton Bowl participants)

2:50pm - 7:10pm Four Stars Finals (session 2) - five 8-board matches

Single Session Events

Sunday 2nd: Open Pairs

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Wednesday 5th: Mixed Pivot Teams Championship

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Thursday 6th: Mixed Pairs Championship

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Friday 7th - Point-a-Board Teams

1:00pm - 4:45pm Free to all Four Stars Swiss Teams players.

Multi-Session Events

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

12 noon - 6:30pm

Monday 3rd: GCH Fox Pairs Championship

Session 1: 1:00pm - 4:45pm, Session 2: 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Tuesday 4th: GCH Fox Pairs Championship - Final

Session 1: 1:00pm - 4:45pm, Session 2: 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Tuesday 4th: GCH Fox Pairs Championship - Consolation event

Session 1: 1:00pm - 4:45pm, Session 2: 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Wednesday 5th: Pachabo (Patton) Teams Championship Qualifier

1:00pm - 4:45pm

Thursday 6th: Pachabo (Patton) Teams Championship - Final

1:00pm - 4:45pm

Thursday 6th: Pachabo (Patton) Teams Championship - Consolation event

1:00pm - 4:45pm

Saturday 8th (2nd Weekend): One-day Swiss Pairs

Session 1: 12 noon - 2:50, session 2: 3:30pm - 6:20pm

Sunday 9th (2nd Weekend): One-day Swiss Pairs

Session 1: 12 noon - 2:50, session 2: 3:30pm - 6:20pm

Serious Fast Pairs event

On both Saturdays. 9:00pm - 11:30pm

Late-night Speed Balls

On both Fridays (first Friday - teams, second Friday - pairs). Play starts at 11:30pm.

Discuss it with an Expert

There are morning seminars on both Saturdays and Sundays. 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 4th to Thursday 6th, plus a free introductory day on Monday 5th

Entry Fees

Main Events

A

Full Congress

£198

B

1st weekend Swiss Pairs (Fri-Sun)

£99

C

2nd weekend Swiss Teams (Fri-Sun)

£94

D

Both Swiss weekends (Fri-Sun)

£172

E

Jack High Swiss Pairs

£26

F1

Mon-Tue GCH Fox Pairs Championship (full four sessions)

£47

F2

Mon-Tue GCH Fox Pairs Championship (single session)

£13

G1

Wed-Thu Patton Teams (both sessions)

£25

G2

Wed-Thu Patton Teams (single session)

£13

H1

Wed evening Mixed Pivot Teams

£13

H2

Thu evening Mixed Pairs

£13

I1

Sun eve IMP Pairs

£13

I2

Fri afternoon Point-a-Board Teams

£13

J

All midweek events

£75

K

Second Saturday One-day Swiss Pairs

£37

L

Second Sunday One-day Swiss Pairs

£37

M

Both second weekend One-day Swiss Pairs

£68

Really Easy Congress

B

Full congress

£52

A

Introductory day - Monday

Free

C

Tuesday only (lesson and how to play sessions)

£20

D

Wednesday only (lesson and how to play sessions)

£20

E

Thursday - Swiss Pairs (two sessions)

£16

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

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

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.

Agreements

All events are Level 4 except for the Jack High Swiss Pairs and Really Easy Congress, which are Level 2.

Venue and Tariff

2020 Information

More details will be added to this section when available.

Hotels

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

Alternatively please see the pre-congress information page for links to booking websites.

Things to do in and around Eastbourne

Restaurants

Restaurants in the vicinity

For further accommodation information please see the pre-congress information webpage.

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