EBU Event Focus
Issue 65: January 2018

Dear EBU member


Happy New Year! We hope you have a great, bridge-filled 2018.

The first months of the year have a great mixture of events, with rare formats, single-site congresses (both domestic and overseas), and multi-venue tournaments.

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.

Trials for England Women's Team

Applications to take part in the trials to represent the England Women’s Team in the 2018 European Team Championships, are now being accepted, and close on 29th January.

The trials will be 2nd to 5th March at Young Chelsea BC. See here for more details.

Last chance to enter the Online Knockout

Entries for this year's Online Knockout Teams close on 8th January. Don't miss out on taking part, and get your entry in before Monday. See here for more details on the competition.

 

The winning Hinden team in 2017

National Point-a-Board Teams
20th - 21st January, London

Held at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, this competition is played exclusively on the point-a-board (BAM) format - a great opportunity to play with this fascinating and skillful, but rare, form of scoring.

The event was full last year so don't wait too long to enter this year.

There will be qualifying sessions on Saturday, with carry-forwards for qualifying teams. On Sunday there will be a main final for the top teams with longer head-to-head matches, and a consolation final for non-qualifiers.

Master Points will be awarded at a 50% enhanced rate for matches won in the qualifier and main final, and points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

More details

Harrogate Spring Congress
16th - 18th February

A popular long weekend of bridge in the spa town. Now organised by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU. Please make entries directly with the YCBA. Please see their entry form for more details: Harrogate Congress 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.

The congress will be held at the Cairn Hotel. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel. 

More details
 

Bridge Overseas Budapest Congress


1st - 7th February 2018
Hilton Hotel, Castle Hill, Budapest

Join us on the banks of the Danube for our next Overseas Congress.

Taking place over seven days, it includes a mixture of pairs and teams competitions, including Green Pointed Swiss competitions.

The schedule includes some free evenings to enjoy the culinary and cultural delights of Hungary’s capital, and time for optional tours and excursions.

Attendance is exclusive to delegates booking accommodation with Bridge Overseas - please make all accommodation enquiries with them on 0800 0346 246.

More details
 

Ranked Masters Pairs
24th - 25th February


A group of competitions catering for all Master Point ranks of Regional Master and above.

It will be held in Daventry.

More details

Masters Pairs
25th February

A competition for lower ranks and is a one-day, two-session competition held at multiple venues around the country. It is scored across all venues and Green Points are awarded.

Members who have recently attained a landmark promotion to the rank of Master are entitled to free entry.

Heats will be held at:
Billericay
Bradford
Exeter
Richmond
Solihull
Tunbridge Wells
Welwyn Garden City

Map showing the location of all venues can be seen here

More details

National Pairs
Regional Finals: 18th March
National Final: 14th-15th April

The Regional Finals are open to all and played at various venues around the country. All venues will play the same boards and the event will be scored across the entire field. The top 50 pairs nationally qualify for the National Final.

An additional ranking list will be produced from each region (scored by itself), with the winning pairs awarded regional trophies.

Heats will be held at:
Billericay
Bradford
Brighton
Bristol
Exeter
London (Young Chelsea BC)
Richmond
Solihull
Stamford
Tunbridge Wells

Map showing the location of all venues can be seen here

The event is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

More details

Portland Pairs
25th March

A national Mixed Pairs competition held at various venues around the country and scored across all venues. It is played over two sessions, and Green Points are awarded.

Heats will be held at:
Billericay
Bournemouth
Brierfield, Lancs
Bristol
Burnham, Bucks
Darlington
Exeter
London (Young Chelsea BC)
Peterborough
Richmond
Sheffield
Solihull
Tunbridge Wells
Welwyn Garden City

Map showing the location of all venues can be seen here

Please enter with the EBU for all venues.

More details
 
 

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

6- 7 Feb
  Bridge England Sim Pairs - raising funds to support the junior teams competing in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships in China.
 
16 - 18 Feb
Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer - Coventry
 
17 - 23 Feb
  European Winter Games - Monaco
     
2 - 4 Mar
Camrose Trophy, 2nd Weekend - Ireland  
 
3 - 4 Mar
  Green Point weekend - events in Wiltshire, Leicestershire, Manchester, Bedfordshire, Kent, Merseyside & Cheshire
     

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