EBU Event Focus
Issue 76: December 2018

Dear EBU member

After a lull in November, there is again an increase in activity in the run up to Christmas and the end of the year. For all bridge players Christmas doesn't just mean turkey and tinsel, but also trumps and transfers, as the festive period gives plenty of chance to play.

If your usual partner or team mates are unavailable for any EBU congress you don't need to miss out. There is a message board on each congress webpage you can use to try to make contact with others who are seeking someone for that event. Don't be stuck at home over Christmas if you'd rather be playing bridge - post your details, or respond to someone else, and find a game for the Year End Congresses.

If you wish to enter one of the Year End Congresses in London or Blackpool please make every effort to do so in advance of the office closing for Christmas, although you can enter at the venue in London (though this will carry a £2 surcharge). The office is open to take entries for the Year End Congresses until 5pm on Friday 21st - please call 01296 317203/219 or email comps@ebu.co.uk, or enter through My EBU. We will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January.

If you are unable to make it to an event or just want to play a couple of extra games of bridge while you are there, Funbridge has a special free EBU online game with Master Points on New Year's Day, plus a bonus game on Boxing Day. See below for more details.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the EBU Staff.

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.

Year End Congress, London
27th - 30th December
Royal National Hotel, Russell Square

Join us for four days of festive bridge in the capital.

Thurs 27th - Fri 28th: Stratified Swiss Pairs
Fri 28th: Jack High Swiss Pairs*
Sat 29th: Mixed or Open Pairs
Sun 30th: Stratified Swiss Teams

* - a new competition, with a reduced entry fee, for players no higher than Jack on the NGS.

Accommodation packages are available at the venue. See the website for details.

More details

Blackpool Year End Congress
28th - 30th December
Blackpool Conference Centre & Spa

We round off bridge in 2018 back on the Lancashire Coast.

Fri 28th: Mixed or Open Pairs
Fri 28th - Sat 29th: Stratified Swiss Pairs
Sun 30th: Stratified Swiss Teams

The venue is the same as previous years, but has been re-named. Accommodation packages are available at the venue. See the website for details.

More details

National Point-a-Board Teams
19th - 20th January
Young Chelsea BC, London

This competition is played exclusively on the point-a-board (BAM) format.

Saturday: Qualifying
Sunday:
a main final for the top teams, and a consolation final for non-qualifiers.

Master Points will be awarded at a 50% enhanced rate in the qualifier and main final. The competition is part of the Player of the Year Championship.

A short guide to Point-a-Board matches

David Gold's guide to the tactics of PAB

Brian Senior - the different tactics for Point-a-Board, IMPs and Match Points

More details

Harrogate Congress
8th - 10th February
Cairn Hotel, Harrogate

A popular long weekend of bridge, organised by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU. Please make entries directly with the YCBA. Please see the YCBA website for more details and an entry form.

Friday afternoon - Mixed & Open Pairs
Friday afternoon - Improvers Pairs
Friday evening & Saturday - three session Swiss Pairs
Sunday -  two session Swiss Teams

Entry to the Full Congress or Swiss Pairs includes a two course buffet supper on Saturday.

More details


 

Athens Congress
30th January - 5th February
Wyndham Grand, Athens

Join us for a smashing congress in Greece.

It will be held at the Wyndham Grand in the centre of Athens, near the Acropolis and Parthenon.

To attend you must book your accommodation through Bridge Overseas. For more details, or to make a reservation, please see here, or call 08000 346246.

The Congress includes Pairs and Teams competitions, with Green Pointed Swiss competitions to start and finish the event.

More details

Online Knockout Teams
Entries close 14th January

A knockout competition for teams of four, with all matches played online.

The competition is open to teams from all home nations, so why not involve your friends from over the border?!

There is a plate competition for those defeated in early rounds, so everyone is guaranteed two matches.

Juniors receive half-price entry on a pro-rata basis.

Green Points are awarded in the main competition, and Blue Points in the Plate competition.

More details

Sicily Congress
8th - 14th October 2019
Atahotel, Naxos Beach

Join us for some autumn sunshine on the Italian island of Sicily.

It will be held at the Atahotel Naxos Beach, a coastal resort in a stunning location in the shadow of Mount Etna.

To attend you must book your accommodation through Bridge Overseas. For more details, or to make a reservation, please see here, or call 08000 346246.

The Congress includes Pairs and Teams competitions, with Green Pointed Swiss competitions to start and finish the event.

More details
 
 

Other dates for your diary

8 - 9 Dec
European Mixed Teams Trials: playoff - London
 
14 - 16 Dec
Junior Channel Trophy - Lille, France
 
15 - 16 Dec
Seniors Trials for the Teltscher Trophy
 
4 - 6 Jan
Camrose Trophy, 1st Weekend - Wales
     
4 - 6 Jan
  Midland Counties Congress - Solihull
 
11 - 13 Jan & 1 - 3 Feb
Lady Milne Pre-Trials & Trial Final - London
 
14 - 17 Jan
  British Winter Sim Pairs
 
4 - 7 Feb
  Bridge England Sim Pairs
     

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