The Summer Meeting at Eastbourne

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, 6th - 15th August 2021

We are looking forward to our Face to Face Summer Meeting in Eastbourne. It is confirmed that our event will go ahead.


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Details for 2021

The Summer Meeting will still incorporate Weekend Challenges and One Day Events but the Progressive Congress is no longer going ahead. All events are Level 4 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.

The Summer Meeting is being held at the Winter Gardens Theatre, Devonshire Park, BN21 4BP 14 Compton Street.

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

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, 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 eight teams will go forward into the all-play-all Four Stars final for a full round-robin of seven 8-board matches. Those teams outside the top eight will continue to play five further matches in the Swiss Teams, for the Brighton Bowl, but rematches may be allowed at this stage, depending on numbers of teams. 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: Four starts 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); Brighton Bowl - Awards to the top 1/3 of the field, including the 16 teams playing in the  final (for example an original entry of 42 equates to 14 ranking award, so awards will be made to 6th place in the final standings for the Brighton Bowl). All this is subject to variation depending on the number of teams playing.

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.

 

GCH Fox Pairs Hybrid

As part of the forthcoming Summer Meeting in Eastbourne, the new-format GCH Fox Pairs on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 will allow players to join any or all of the sessions to play online using Bridgemate Play.

Members can enter on My EBU under the Summer Meeting, for one session or all four, and then need to register their entry at www.bridgemate.club.

Full details.

 

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

Unfortunately, due to lack of numbers, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Jack High event. Full refunds will be given for entry fees.

Seniors Congress

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.

 

Progressive Tournament

Unfortunately, due to lack of numbers, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Progressive Tournament. Full refunds will be given for entry fees. 

We would, of course, welcome players who were interested in the Progressive Tournament to play in any of the events in the main congress.

We hope to have future Progressive Events taking place in the coming months, further details will be published in due course.

 

TD and Scoring courses

There will be no TD courses at this year's Summer Meeting. Further TD courses will be held later in the year.

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. 

For those who are not able to come in person, the Monday and Tuesday mid-week sessions are able to be played online and the Wednesday and Thursday evening games will be offered as “satellite events” in a few clubs.

Club Satellite Events

The following events will be held live in Eastbourne and at clubs around the country. Results and Master Points will be calculated nationally, only those playing in Eastbourne will be eligible for prizes and trophies.

Mixed Pivot Teams Championship - Wednesday 11th August
Mixed Pairs Championship - Thursday 12th August

Club heats of the Mixed Pivot Teams Championship can only be held face-to-face due to the complexity of the movement. Club heats of the Mixed Pairs Championship can be held online or face-to-face.

Details of the clubs taking part can be found further down this page.

    To enter

    As usual there will be a £2 surcharge for each event booked in person at the venue itself, to avoid this, please book online using My EBU or by phone in advance.

    Date Time Event
    Friday 7:00pm - 10:30pm Swiss Pairs session 1 (3 matches)
    11:00pm Late Night Speed Ball - Pairs
    Saturday 10:00am Discuss it with an Expert
    11:00am - 2:30pm Swiss Pairs session 2 (3 matches)
    3:30pm - 6:55pm Swiss Pairs session 3 (3 matches)
    9:00pm - 11:30pm Serious Fast Pairs event
    Sunday 10:00am Discuss it with an Expert
    11:00am - 1:15pm Swiss Pairs session 4a (2 matches)
    2:00pm - 5:20pm Swiss Pairs session 4b (3 matches)
    7:00pm - 10:30pm Open Pairs (IMP Scoring)
    Monday 1:00pm - 4:45pm GCH Fox Pairs Championship session 1
    7:00pm - 10:30pm GCH Fox Pairs Championship session 2
    Tuesday 1:00pm - 4:45pm GCH Fox Pairs Championship - Final (session 1)
    7:00pm - 10:30pm GCH Fox Pairs Championship - Final (session 2)
    1:00pm - 4:45pm GCH Fox Pairs Championship - Consolation event (session 1)
    7:00pm - 10:30pm GCH Fox Pairs Championship - Consolation event (session 2)
    Wednesday 1:00pm - 4:45pm Patton (Hybrid Scoring) Teams Championship Qualifier
    7:00pm - 10:30pm Mixed Pivot Teams Championship
    Thursday 1:00pm - 4:45pm Patton (Hybrid Scoring) Teams Championship Final
    1:00pm - 4:45pm Patton (Hybrid Scoring) Teams Championship Consolation Final
    7:00pm - 10:30pm Mixed Pairs Championship
    Friday 10:30am Scoring Course
    1:00pm - 4:15pm Point-a-Board Teams (NGS Graded on Pairs results)
    2:00pm Scoring Course
    7:00pm - 10:30pm Swiss Teams session 1 (3 x 8-boards)
    11:00pm Late Night Speed Ball - Pairs
    Saturday 10:00am Discuss it with an Expert
    11:00am - 2:30pm Swiss Teams session 2 (3 matches)
    12noon - 2:50pm 1-Day Swiss Pairs session 1 (3 x 7-boards)
    3:30pm - 6:20pm 1-Day Swiss Pairs session 2 (3 x 7-boards)
    3:30pm - 6:55pm Swiss Teams session 3 (3 matches)
    9:00pm - 11:30pm Serious Fast Pairs event
    Sunday 10:00am Discuss it with an Expert
    11:00am - 2:15pm Four Stars session 1 (3 x 8-boards)
    11:00am - 1:15pm Swiss Teams session 4a (2 matches)
    12noon - 2:50pm 1-Day Swiss Pairs session 1 (3 x 7-boards)
    2:00pm - 5:20pm Swiss Teams session 4b (3 matches)
    2:50pm - 7:10pm Four Stars session 2 (4 x 8-boards)
    3:30pm - 6:20pm 1-Day Swiss Pairs session 2 (3 x 7-boards)

    All events and times TBC

    Event Price (Per Person) Code
    Full Congress £198 A
    First Weekend Swiss Pairs £99 B
    Second Weekend Swiss Teams £94 C
    Both Main Weekend Events £172 D
    Monday - Tuesday GCH Fox Championships Full Four Sessions £43 F1
    Monday - Tuesday GCH Fox Championships Single Session £12 F2
    GCH Fox Championship Pairs Online One Session £6 F3
    GCH Fox Championship Pairs Online All Sessions £24 F4
    Wednesday - Thursday Patton Teams Both Sessions £20 G1
    Wednesday - Thursday Patton Teams Single Session £12 G2
    Wednesday Evening Mixed Pivot Teams £12 H1
    Thursday Evening Mixed Pairs £12 H2
    Sunday Evening IMP Pairs £12 I1
    Friday Afternoon Point-A-Board Teams £12 I2
    All Midweek Events £70 J
    Second Saturday One Day Swiss Pairs £37 K
    Second Sunday One Day Swiss Pairs £37 L
    Both Second Weekend One Day Swiss Pairs £68 M

    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

    Progressive 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.

    Venue and Tariff

    2021 Information

    Club Satellite Events

    For all events below, please enter directly with the club

    Caterham Bridge Club

    • EBU Pivot Teams Wednesday, 11th August
    • EBU Mixed Pairs Thursday, 12th August

    Richmond Bridge Club

    • EBU Pivot Teams at 19:00 on Wednesday, 11th August - Entry Form
    • EBU Mixed Pairs at 19:00 on Thursday, 12th August –  Entry Form

    Young Chelsea Bridge Club

    • EBU Mixed Pairs Thursday, 12th August - Entry £6 per player, to be held online

    Wimbledon Bridge Club

    • EBU Pivot Teams Wednesday, 11th August
    • EBU Mixed Pairs Thursday, 12th August

    Covid-19 Information

    In response to requests from members, here is some more information about arrangements for the Summer Meeting with regard to Covid-19.

    Our Risk Assessment is available to view on the website and players may wish to make their own assessment of the risks involved. Players will not be asked for “vaccine passports”. The venue has high ceilings and state-of-the art air-conditioning. Tables will be more generously spaced than usual and we will not display updating results in areas that might lead to crowds forming. Instead we will provide results and assignments on the EBU website and using the Bridgemate app, as well as on the Bridgemate units.

    We will not insist on players wearing masks, but we will provide some for those who want. Anyone who wants a greater degree of protection may wish to purchase masks with FFP2 or FFP3 protection, such as these.

    Players are asked not to come to the event if exhibiting signs of Covid infection. Individuals can get Lateral Flow tests online, from pharmacies and from community centres such as public libraries.

    Eastbourne

    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. 

    For details of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation, including availability and rates, please visit www.visiteastbourne.com, or if you should have specific requirements contact Liz Attwell, Accommodation Manager, email: liz.attwell@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk, Tel: 01323 415435.

     

    Things to do in and around Eastbourne

    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:

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    Find a partner/team mates

    If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please email comps@ebu.co.uk