EBU Event Focus
Issue 67: March 2018

Dear EBU member

Easter is just a few days away, but there is still time to enter for the Festivals in London and Leeds. Entries are being taken all week, and at London you can enter on the day (though a surcharge will apply - except for entries to the Jack High Swiss Pairs, so as to encourage new participants).

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.

Really Easy Weekend, 5th/6th to 8th April - places still available

There is still chance to join us on the Really Easy Weekend in Wroxton, near Banbury. This is a 'house party style' event for less experienced players. You can come for two nights or three (Thursday or Friday start) and rooms are still available. See here for further details.

Easter Festival, London
30th March - 2nd April

Spend your Easter weekend in the capital. The congress is suitable for everyone, with a range of competitions for different ages and abilities, and includes the new Jack High Swiss Pairs for congress newcomers.

Friday* & Saturday - Championship Pairs
* - there is an early start option on Friday
Saturday - U21 Championship Pairs
Sunday - Stratified Swiss Teams
Monday - Swiss Pairs or Jack High Swiss Pairs

Monday Swiss Pairs

Monday now offers two options:

Swiss Pairs - open to all with seven 7-board matches. In a change from previous years, this competition is no longer 'flighted'.

New: Jack High Swiss Pairs.
This new event is aimed at club players who are interested in taking the first steps into congress bridge but may have found it daunting to jump straight into a major congress event.
In order to qualify to play in this event, you must have an NGS of no higher than ‘Jack’ at the time of entering. We envisage that at the lower end, players will be ‘7’ or higher. The event will be stratified too so that there are extra Master Points and an extra prize available for pairs of players both ranked ‘9’ or lower.
The format will be six 6-board matches with a break after three matches.
This competition is priced at a discounted rated to encourage new participants to congress bridge.

Under 21 Championship Pairs
Saturday, starts at noon
For those aged under 21 on 31st December 2018. 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.

More details

Northern Easter Festival
30th March - 1st April, Leeds

A 'northern alternative' for those wanting an Easter weekend 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
Friday evening & Saturday - Swiss Pairs
Sunday - Swiss Teams

The Improvers Pairs is a separate, more relaxed competition, alongside the main congress event, and aimed at less experienced players.

The cost of entry for the Full Congress, or Saturday's Swiss Pairs, includes a two-course hot buffet supper on Saturday evening.

To enter please contact Stuart Davies of the YCBA directly - email: stuart@svd1.uk

More details

Hubert Phillips Bowl
Entries close 12th 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 is 12th April.

More details

Lambourne Jersey Festival
27th April - 6th May

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.

More details


Schapiro Spring Foursomes
4th - 8th May
Hilton, Warwick/Stratford

Over half 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 the different venue this year (for one year only). Book with Bridge Overseas via this webpage.

More details

National Swiss Pairs Congress
12th - 13th 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.

The 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.

More details

Spring Bank Holiday Congress
26th - 28th 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 (for non-qualifiers in the Championship Pairs, and new entrants)
Monday - Stratified Swiss Teams

More details

Other dates for your diary

6 - 8 Apr
Camrose Trophy, 2nd Weekend - Ireland
6 - 8 Apr
  County Congress in Devon
9 - 12 Apr
30 Apr - 3 May
  British Spring Sim Pairs
EBED Spring Sim Pairs
14 - 15 Apr
Lady Milne Trophy - Scotland  
28 - 29 Apr
  County Congress in Shropshire
5 - 6 May
  Cheltenham Congress
19 - 20 May
  County Green Point weekend - events in Avon, Kent, Merseyside & Cheshire, Northants, and Sussex

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