Eastbourne Summer Seniors Congress (cancelled)

3rd - 5th July 2020, Welcome Building, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

Please note that the Seniors Championship at the Summer Meeting has been discontinued.

A long weekend of bridge in the seaside resort of Eastbourne.

The Saturday Swiss Pairs is open to all players eliminated from the Championship Pairs on Friday, as well as new entrants joining the event at this stage.

Entry fees for this congress were significantly reduced a few years ago by eliminating the portion that would have gone towards prize money. However, the Edith Kaplan Memorial Award provides a prize of £100: awarded to the winner of the Teams Championship, along with the Edith Kaplan Trophy.

Please note: The WBF - and consequently the EBL and Bridge Great Britain - have adjusted their criteria for eligibility for Seniors events. The EBU has therefore adjusted its criteria in response to this. Please note, therefore, that to be eligible players must have their 61st birthday or beyond during the calendar year (January-December) of the event - i.e. entrants must be born in 1958 or earlier. See here for further details.

To enter


Championship Pairs - Roger Forster & Mike Fawcett
Championship Pairs 'B' Final - Celia Day & Dan Crofts
Swiss Pairs - Joint winners Carla Sidney-Woollett & Lorna Vestey and Malcolm Lewis & Nicky Adamson
Swiss Teams - John Holland, Raymond Semp, Frank Wharton & Geoff Foley





Friday 3rd

2.00pm - 5.30pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 1 (24 boards)

7.30pm - 10.45pm

Championship Pairs qualifier, session 2 (24 boards)

Saturday 4th

2.00pm - 6.00pm

Pairs “A” & “B” Finals Session 1 (9 x 3-boards)

with a tea break after five rounds

2.00pm - 6.00pm

Swiss Pairs (4 x 7-board matches) with a tea-break

after two matches

7.30pm - 10.40pm

Pairs “A” & “B” finals, session 2 (8 x 3-boards)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Swiss Pairs (3 x 7-board matches)

Sunday 5th

11.00am - 6.45pm

Swiss Teams (7 x 7-board matches)

with a break after the third match.

Entry Fees


Full Congress



Championship Pairs



Swiss Pairs



Swiss Teams



Both Swiss events


Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance.

Closing date for entries is 24th June 2020.

Master Points

All events are fully Green Pointed, save for the Championship Pairs qualifying rounds (Blue Points only, but all qualifiers are guaranteed a green Point award).


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.

Venue and Tariff

The Congress will be held at Welcome Building, Devonshire Park complex, Eastbourne.

Follow signs to sea front, turn right, and go past the pier and the bandstand. Turn right up Carlisle Road. Immediately in front of you, past the Winter Garden under renovation, is the Welcome Building.

**In line with all our hotel venues, food and drink purchase outside the venue may not be consumed on the premises. A bar and cafe is available for purchasing refreshments**


There will be pay-as-you-go catering on site as well as 10% discount when showing competitor accreditation in The Stage Door Pub, adjacent to the Welcome Building. There will also be leaflets available for collection at the events to receive 10% discount from Pomodoro e Mozzarella and La Locanda del Duca, a short walk from the centre.

Car Parking

On street parking is available free of charge in nearby streets.

Trinity Trees NPC Car Park

A discounted rate is available at an NCP carpark ten minutes walk from the tennis centre - Trinity Trees NCP at the junction of Trinity Place and Compton Street. You can park here for £2.50 for 24 hours (price subject to change by the local council). Please note that the carpark closes at 9pm, so if you are not staying overnight you will need to move your car before the start of the evening session. On street parking is free in many places in the area around Devonshire Park after 6pm. For instructions on how to receive the discount on your parking rates, see here. The 'discount tickets' will be available via EBU staff at the congress. The tickets are valid for use throughout the congress, so we would recommend you collect a ticket on arrival at the venue, rather than when you are leaving, to avoid any delays should you need to leave unexpectedly.

College Road Car Park

College Road Car Park also offers onsite parking adjacent to the centre. There are approximately 80 spaces including wheelchair spaces. This is a pay and display car park which accepts coins only. The charges are as follows:
Up to 2 hours hours £1.40
Up to 4 hours £2.60
Up to 8 hours £4.80
Up to 12 hours £6.50
Charges apply 8am – 6pm every day. No charges apply when displaying a valid disabled badge.

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