EBU Event Focus
Issue 83: July 2019

Dear EBU member

Summer is now upon us, we have had at least 3 sunny days in a row anyway! It is now just under three weeks until the Summer Meeting and the Really Easy Congress - the highlights of our summer calendar. More details are below, and if you haven't already started planning to join us then we will hope you will do so soon. Before the excitement of the Summer Meeting, we have plenty of competitions in some great destinations.

British Summer Sim Pairs 

There is still time to enter the British Summer Sim Pairs, taking place 22nd - 25th July. Check if your local club is hosting an event here

Scarborough Summer Congress 

Taking place the same week as the British Summer Sim Pairs is the Scarborough Summer Congress, 24th - 28th July. The congress is held in a splendid venue right on the seafront and has a relaxed holiday atmosphere ideal for players new to national bridge competitions. See below for more information.

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

British Summer Sim Pairs
22nd - 25th July

The British Summer Sim Pairs is a popular event with 159 clubs registered to hosting at least one evening during the week. There is still time to enter to take part, check if your local club is hosting an event.

More details

Scarborough Summer Congress
25th - 29th July

Hoping to build up numbers for an event that was held for the first time last year, which was held in response to demand for more seniors events in the North of England, the Scarborough Congress is taking place again in 2019. There will be a Seniors Pairs on the Wednesday and Thursday with qualifying rounds followed by a final. The rest of the congress format is unchanged, and open to all, but there will be a prize for the top ‘senior team’ in Friday’s Multiple Teams competition.

Wednesday - Thursday: Seniors Championship Pairs (qualifying rounds on Wednesday, finals on Thursday)
Thursday: Open Pairs (for younger players and late arrivals)
Friday: Multiple Teams
Saturday & Sunday: Stratified Swiss Pairs

More details

We hope you will take part in some - or maybe even all - of the Summer Meeting, which is once again back in Eastbourne and taking place at the newly refurbished Devonshire Park. 

Weekend Challenge Competitions

If you are looking for an intensive weekend of quality bridge, these are for you.

Swiss Pairs Championship for the Harold Poster Cup
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th August
Four Stars Swiss Teams
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th August

  • Green Points are at an enhanced level to reflect the status of the events.
  • Two start times on Friday - a 6:30pm start for those wanting to get away early, or a 7:45pm start for those who have to work/travel on Friday afternoon
  • An earlier finish for everyone on Sunday
  • A free Open Pairs at 2pm on Friday 3rd for participants in the Swiss Pairs
  • A free Point-a-Board Teams at 2pm on Friday 9th for participants in the Four Stars Teams

One Day Swiss Pairs

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August

Two One Day Swiss Pairs competitions, ideal for those who do not have team mates for the Four Stars Teams, who cannot commit to a full weekend, or who would just prefer to play that type of competition.

The competition will be fully Green Pointed at the standard level. There will be a bonus award for the pair with the best combined result across the two days.

Midweek Competitions

Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th August

All the well-known midweek events are in the One Day Event programme, including the daily Open Pairs and our regular evening events:

‘Play with the Experts’ Pairs on Monday (stratified); The GCH Fox Championship Pairs (stratified) on Tuesday; Mixed Pivot Teams Championship on Wednesday; the Mixed Pairs Championship on Thursday (stratified); and a Point-a-Board teams on Friday afternoon.

All the weekday afternoon events are blue-pointed and the weekday evenings are green pointed, with an early start available in some of the evening pairs events.

The four midweek evening events will additionally be scored across the field with events held at a number of clubs across the country.

Really Easy Congress
5th - 8th August

A congress specifically for less experienced players.

Join us for a fun week of competitions and lessons. It will be a great introduction to congresses for those who haven't yet taken the step up from club bridge, so please encourage your friends to take part too.

You should be ranked below Master and no higher than a Jack on the NGS.

There is no lower limit, but you should be able to play unassisted, and we expect most participants will be 7 or higher on the NGS.

It will take place at the same venue as the main Summer Meeting, the newly refurbished Devonshire Park.  

More details

Northern Midweek Congress
20th - 22nd August
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

A fully green pointed congress, with reduced entry fees.

Tuesday & Wednesday: Stratified Championship Pairs
Thursday: Stratified Swiss Teams

It takes place at The Old Swan Hotel, in Harrogate.

In order to take advantage of negotiated rates book through Bridge Overseas - call 0800 0346 246, or use their online reservation form.

More details

Dates for your diary

5 - 7 July
  Summer Seniors Congress
22 - 25 July
  British Summer SIM Pairs
24 - 28 July
  Scarborough Congress
2 - 11 Aug
  Summer Meeting
5 - 8 Aug
  Summer Meeting - Really Easy Congress
17 - 18 Aug
  Under 26 Championship Pairs
20 - 22 Aug
  Northern Midweek Congress
30 Aug - 1 Sept
  Saint-Malo 4th International Bridge Festival

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