EBU Event Focus
Issue 77: January 2019

Dear EBU member

Happy New Year! We hope you have a fantastic bridge-filled, 2019.

The first months of the year have a great mixture of events coming up.

Lady Milne Pre-Trials

The Lady Milne Pre-Trials event is this weekend, 11th - 13th January 2019 at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. It is the first stage for selection to represent England in the Lady Milne Trophy in Ireland in April. The pre-trial will be displayed on Bridge Base Online and spectators are welcome at the venue itself. We are also looking for two BBO operators for the Sunday from 10.30am-2pm - contact gordon@ebu.co.uk.

Last chance to enter the Online Knockout

Entries for this year's Online Knockout Teams close on 14th January. Don't miss out on taking part, and get your entry in before Monday. See here for more details on the competition. 

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.

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

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
 
15 - 17 Feb
Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer - Northern Ireland
     
22 - 28 Feb
  EBL Mixed Teams Championships - Lisbon, Portugal
 
1 - 3 Mar
Camrose Trophy - 2nd Weekend
 
11 - 14 Mar
  EBU Club Stratified Sim Pairs
 
1 - 4 Apr
  British Spring Sim Pairs
     

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