Year End Congress, London

Royal National Hotel, London, WC1H 0DG, 27th - 30th December 2018

To contact EBU Staff at an event please use the Tournament Mobile: 07780 673522

If you wish to enter the London Year End Congress when the office is closed please do so online through My EBU. You can also enter at the venue in London.

This congress is held between Christmas and New Year over four days.

The Royal National provides good playing conditions and accommodation packages at its sister hotel, the Imperial.

The Swiss Teams and Swiss Pairs are both stratified events.

New: Jack High Swiss Pairs.
This new event is aimed at club players who are interested in taking the first steps into congress bridge but who may have found it daunting to jump straight into a major congress event.
In order to qualify to play in this event, you must have an NGS of no higher than ‘Jack’ at the time of entering. We envisage that at the lower end, players will be ‘7’ or higher. The event will be stratified too so that there are extra Master Points and an extra prize available for pairs of players both ranked ‘9’ or lower.
We reserve the right to decline entries from those who may meet the NGS requirements, but have significant tournament experience and are not among the 'congress-novices' at whom the event is aimed.
The format will be six 6-board matches with a break after three matches.
This competition is priced at a discounted rated to encourage new participants to congress bridge. A discount is available to clubs making a booking for a group of its members - please contact the competitions department for more details ( or 01296 317203)
The competition is sponsored by Funbridge - the host site of the EBU's online games - and we thank them for their donation of prizes including software and subscriptions which enables you to practise and play on their site.

To enter

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu.

You can also call 01296 317203/19 or email

Please enter prior to the office closing for Christmas on Friday 21st. If this is not possible then please enter and pay on the day, allowing plenty of time to do so.


Swiss Pairs - Odin Svendsen & Espen Erichsen
Mixed Pairs - Paula Hopkinson & Dick Davey
Open Pairs - Ben Green & Ankush Khandelwal
Swiss Teams - Tom Townsend, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Janet De Botton, Artur Malinowski
Jack High Swiss Pairs - Steve Langridge & Jacqueline Collier






3.30pm - 7.45pm

Stratified Swiss Pairs (Four x 8-boards)


11.30am - 2.45pm

Stratified Swiss Pairs (Three x 8-boards)

3.45pm - 8.00pm

Stratified Swiss Pairs (Four x 8-boards)

11.30am - 2.15pm

Jack High Swiss Pairs 1 (three x 6-board matches)

3.15pm - 6.00pm

Jack High Swiss Pairs 2 (three x 6-board matches)


11.45am* - 3.15pm

Mixed or Open Pairs, session 1

4.15pm - 7.30pm

Mixed or Open Pairs, session 2


11.30am - 2.30pm

Stratified Swiss Teams (Three x 7-boards)

3.30pm - 7.30pm

Stratified Swiss Teams (Four x 7-boards)

Entry Fees


Full Congress



Swiss Pairs



Swiss Teams



Mixed/Open Pairs



Both Pairs events



Both Swiss Events



Mixed/Open Pairs plus Teams



Jack High Swiss Pairs


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

Please enter prior to the office closing for Christmas on Friday 21st. If this is not possible then please enter and pay on the day, allowing plenty of time to do so.

Master Points

All of the congress events are fully Green Pointed.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all of the main congress events.

Level 2 agreements are permitted in the Jack High Swiss Pairs.

Venue and Tariff

The Congress is held at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1
Tel: 020 7637 2488.

Hotel Website
Location map

2018 rates

The Imperial Hotel (a sister hotel of the Royal National, 100 yards away) is offering a four night package rate based on single-bedded rooms at the rate of £290 per person. The three night package rate is £243 per person in single-bedded rooms.

The Package rates include:

  • 3 or 4 nights Accommodation in single rooms at the Imperial Hotel
  • English breakfast each morning
  • Two three course meals (lunch or dinner) in any of the hotel restaurants within the group
  • Free car parking space for 3-4 days in the underground hotel garage (whichever is appropriate)

With regret the hotel will not be able to offer twin/double bedded rooms (at any of the hotels).

Those persons staying fewer than three nights, or any additional nights when booked in conjunction with the proposed packages, will be charged at the following rates:

Imperial Hotel: £110
Per single room, per night, including English breakfast and VAT.

Those wishing to make reservations please contact the Central Reservation Office on:
Tel: 020 7278 7871 Fax: 020 7837 4653 Email:

A number of rooms are reserved for booking at this negotiated rate for a limited period of time. Any unbooked rooms are usually released for booking by the general public a few weeks before the event. Thereafter rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. Likewise if all allocated rooms are booked then rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. To ensure rooms are available at the negotiated rate please book as early as possible.

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