EBU Event Focus
Issue 81: May 2019

Dear EBU member

The sun is shining (intermittently) and our thoughts are turning to our summer congresses. We are pleased to announce that the Summer Meeting this year will return to the Devonshire Park complex in Eastbourne, for more details about the event see below. Before the excitment of the Summer Meeting, we have plenty of competitions in some great destinations.

As always, if you have any queries about any of the events featured here then please don't hesitate to contact the Competitions Department on 01296 317203/219 or at comps@ebu.co.uk. Entries can be made by calling this number, or through My EBU, the members area of the website - www.ebu.co.uk/members.

EBED Spring SIMs 

There is still time to enter the EBED Spring SIMs, check if your local club is hosting an event here

Really Easy Congress 

The Really Easy Congress is aimed specifically at people below the rank of Master, and below Jack on NGS. This can be an ideal first step in to Congress bridge for those who are yet to play in national events, or is a chance for less experienced players to play a congress without going up against any elite players. Further information available here.

Premier League 2019

Applications to take part in the 2019 Premier League are now being accepted. Please email jake@ebu.co.uk before 31st May 2019. The event takes place over three weekends in the autumn, and acts as an international trial, with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2020 Camrose Trophy series, and in the European Champions' Cup 2020, if England qualifies. It is also part of the Championship Series, with points earned towards the Player of the Year competition. Further information is available here.

National Swiss Teams Congress
11th - 12th May

Formerly part of the National Teams Congress, the Swiss Teams competition is now its own congress, with fourteen matches across the two days.

The event is being run by Warwickshire CBA on behalf of the EBU. Please enter with WCBA directly. More details and an entry form can be found on their website - www.nationalswissteams.co.uk.

More details

Spring Bank Holiday Congress
25th - 27th May 
Crown Plaza, Stratford upon Avon

A relaxed congress held in Shakespeare's home town over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday & Sunday - Championship Pairs
Sunday - Swiss Pairs (for non-qualifiers in the Championship Pairs, and new entrants)
Monday - Stratified Swiss Teams

More details

Seniors Knockout Teams
Entries close 31st May

Entries close this month for the Seniors Knockout Teams for the Gerard Faulkner Salver.

It is open to all members born in 1958 or earlier. There is a repechage for those losing their first match, so all unseeded teams are guaranteed at least two matches.

The closing date for entries is 31st May.

More details

Riviera Congress
28th - 30th June

A summer congress at the Riviera Centre overlooking the bay in Torquay.

Friday: Swiss Teams (7 x 7-board rounds)
Saturday & Sunday: Stratified Swiss Pairs (12 x 7-board rounds)

Play starts at 2pm on Friday to allow for travel in the morning. Saturday evening is free to enjoy a (hopefully) sun-soaked evening in Torquay. Play ends at 4:30pm on Sunday to allow for travel home that evening.

More details

Eastbourne Summer Seniors Congress
5th - 7th July, Eastbourne

A long weekend of bridge, open to those born in 1958 or earlier. 

Friday & Saturday: Championship Pairs

Saturday: Swiss Pairs (for new entrants and non-qualifiers)

Sunday: Swiss Teams

More details

Scarborough Summer Congress
24th - 28th July

In response to demand for more seniors events in the North of England, the Scarborough Congress now includes Seniors Tournaments. 

More details

Summer Meeting
2nd - 11th August
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

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

Please enter through the members area of the website or by email to comps@ebu.co.uk.

More details

Dates for your diary

3 - 7 May
Schapiro Spring Fours
11 - 12 May
  National Swiss Teams Congress
25 - 27 May
  Spring Bank Holiday Congress
1 - 2 June
  Corwen Trophy
8 - 9 June
  Pachabo Cup
15 June
  Garden Cities Trophy - Final
15 - 29 June
  European Open Championships
28 - 30 June
  English Riviera Congress

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