EBU Event Focus
Issue 53: February 2017

Dear EBU member

This is a exciting period in our calendar with a wide range of competitions to suit all levels, and with venues the length and breadth of the country. Whether you are a novice, an elite player, or in somewhere between, there is a competition for you. Whether you are in Devon, County Durham, or somewhere in between, there is a venue close to you.

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 the members area of the website - www.ebu.co.uk/members.
 

Ranked Masters Pairs
25th - 26th February

Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport
Masters Pairs
26th February

Various local venues

This is a group of Green Pointed competitions catering for all Master Point ranks.

The Ranked Masters Pairs is for higher ranks - Regional Masters and above - and is held over two days. There are six competitions, each for those of a certain Master Point rank - or a player will be allowed to “play up” to join a partner of a higher rank providing their NGS grade meets certain criteria (see the website for more details).

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The Masters Pairs is for those ranked below Regional Master and is a one-day, two-session competition held at multiple venues around the country. It is scored across all venues. 

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

More details

National Pairs
Regional finals: 12th March

Various local venues
National final: 8th - 9th April
Venue TBC

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 will qualify to play in 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

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

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Entries open for the Hubert Phillips Bowl

Entries are open for the EBU's knockout mixed pivot teams competition - the Hubert Phillips Bowl. The closing date for entries is midday on 13th April.
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Portland Pairs
19th March

Various local venues

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
Bury St Edmunds
Burnham, Bucks
Colwyn Bay
Darlington
Exeter
London (Young Chelsea BC)
Richmond
Sheffield
Solihull
Stamford
Tunbridge Wells
Welwyn Garden City

Please enter with the EBU for all venues, except Colwyn Bay (see website for details). 

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Easter Festival, London
14th -17th April

Royal National Hotel, London
Northern Easter Festival
14th -16th April

Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley

Drag yourself away from your chocolate eggs and join us at one of the Easter Festivals. There are competitions for everyone, with many competitions stratified or flighted. 

London
Friday* & Saturday - Championship Pairs
* - there is an early start option on Friday
Friday - a Really Easy Afternoon, for novice players (played at multiple venues which are TBC)

Saturday - Under 21 Championships
Sunday - Stratified Swiss Teams
Monday - Flighted Swiss Pairs

More details

Ilkley
Friday - Open, Mixed and Improvers Pairs (part of the Really Easy Afternoon)
Friday evening & Saturday - Swiss Pairs
Sunday - Swiss Teams

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Harrogate Congress
17th - 19th February
Cairn Hotel, Harrogate

Entries close 14th February

There is still chance to enter this popular long weekend of bridge. The event is being run by the YCBA with prices reduced, or a meal included in the entry fee.

Friday afternoon - Mixed,  Open & Improvers Pairs
Friday evening & Saturday - Swiss Pairs
Sunday - Swiss Teams

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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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Schapiro Spring Foursomes
28th April - 2nd May
Crowne Plaza, Stratford upon Avon

Entries are open for the Schapiro Spring Foursomes, one of the highlights of our calendar. 

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

Please note that the event is being held at the same hotel as in the past, but it is now rebranded as a Crowne Plaza.

More details
 
 

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

11 - 12 Feb
  Tollemache Final (for county representatives), West Midlands BC
 
17 - 19 Feb
Junior Camrose/Peggy Bayer, Ireland
 
3 - 5 Mar
Camrose Trophy - 2nd weekend, Scotland
 
4 - 5 Mar
  County Green Point weekend, various counties (see the EBU calendar for links)
 
4 Mar
8 - 9 Apr
  Young Bridge Challenge, Loughborough Grammar School
Junior Bridge Camp, Cheltenham
 
13 - 16 Mar
3 - 6 Apr
  Club Stratified Sim Pairs
British Spring Sim Pairs
 
31 Mar - 2 Apr
  Really Easy Weekend, Wroxton, nr Banbury
 

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