EBU Event Focus
Issue 55: April 2017

Dear EBU member

Thank you for your patience while we updated our membership systems. We are now able to take your bookings by phone or email, and we hope that the online booking service will be available through My EBU in the next few days. There is still chance to enter for all upcoming competitions - please note that the deadline for entries for the Hubert Phillips Bowl has been extended, and you can enter the Easter Festival in London at the venue on Friday.

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 (hopefully in the next few days) through the members area of the website - www.ebu.co.uk/members.

Easter Festival, London
14th -17th April

Royal National Hotel, London

Spend your Easter weekend in the capital. The congress is suitable for everyone, with stratified and flighted competitions, and a Really Easy Afternoon for novice players.

Friday* & Saturday - Championship Pairs
* there are two start options on Friday - 2pm or 4pm
Sunday - Stratified Swiss Teams
Monday - Flighted Swiss Pairs

Really Easy Afternoon for novice players
On Friday there will be a competition for novice players (ranked lower than Master and below Jack on the NGS). It will be played at multiple venues.
Royal National Hotel, London - 4pm start
Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley - 1:30pm start
First Class Bridge Academy, Billericay - 1:30pm start
Exeter BC - 2:30pm start

Under 21 Championship Pairs
Saturday, starts at noon
For those aged under 21 on 31st December 2017. The event is free to enter, but entries should be made in advance. Participants can also play for free in the Swiss Teams, and for half price in the Swiss Pairs.

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Northern Easter Festival
14th -16th April

Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley

A 'northern alternative' for those wanting an Easter weekend full of bridge.

The event is run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU and offers a range of competitions.

Friday - Open, Mixed and Improvers Pairs
The Improvers Pairs is part of the Really Easy Afternoon - see the London panel for more information.
Friday evening & Saturday - Swiss Pairs
Sunday - Swiss Teams

To enter please download an entry form or contact Stuart Davies of theYCBA directly - Tel: 01274 598408; email: stuart@svd1.uk

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Hubert Phillips Bowl
Entries close 21st April

Entries are closing soon for England's knockout mixed teams-of-four championships.

Matches are played on the full pivot principle so you will play one-third of the match with each of your teammates as a partner.

There is a plate competition, at no extra cost, for those losing in the early rounds. Please see the website for more details. 

The deadline for entries has been extended - it is now 21st April.

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Schapiro Spring Foursomes
28th April - 2nd May

Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon

Over two-thirds of the places for the Schapiro Spring Foursomes, one of the highlights of our calendar, have been filled, so please enter soon. A list of entrants is available here

With two consolation events available it ensures a full long-weekend of high quality bridge.

Please note that the event is being played at the same venue as in the past - the hotel has been rebranded.

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Lambourne Jersey Festival
21st - 30th April
Westhill Country Hotel,

A ten day congress with competitions each evening and all weekend, allowing enough time to enjoy the sights of the island. For those wanting more bridge, and less sightseeing, there is a midweek afternoon Seniors Congress.

Entries should be made directly to the organisers. See the website for full information.

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National Swiss Pairs Congress
13th - 14th May
West Midlands BC, Solihull

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

EThe 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.

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Spring Bank Holiday Congress
27th - 29th May
Crowne 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
Monday - Stratified Swiss Teams

The congress will include a Really Easy Afternoon on Saturday for less experienced players.

More details

Other dates for your diary (click the dates for more information where available)

21 - 23 Apr
Lady Milne Trophy, Wrexham
22 - 23 Apr
  Portland Bowl semi-finals and final, London
8 - 11 May
  EBED Spring Sim Pairs
19 - 21 May
Teltscher Trophy - Northern Ireland
3 - 4 June
  Corwen Trophy, Northampton (for qualified pairs)
10 - 11 June
  Pachabo Cup, Daventry (for qualified teams)

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