EBU Event Focus
Issue 57: June 2017

Dear EBU member

If you have visited our website in the last few days you may have seen the good news that an advocate general at the European Court has advised that bridge be considered a sport for VAT purposes. There is still a long way to go in this process, but the signs are looking good.

Northern Midweek Congress 2017
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it has been necessary to change the venue of the Northern Midweek Congress. It will no longer be held in Wakefield, as previously advertised, but will instead be held in Harrogate. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
We understand that Bridge Overseas have contacted those who had made bookings at the hotel in Wakefield, but if you experience any further problems relating to the change then please let us know.
 


Overseas Congress , Budapest 2018 - now includes a Really Easy Congress

For the first time the Bridge Overseas Congress will include a Really Easy Congress. The event in Budapest, 1st – 7th February 2018, will include five days of competitions for less experienced players (below Jack on NGS and ranked below Master), and these will also be open to non-members. The main events take place over seven days with a mixture of pairs and teams competitions, plus Green Pointed Swiss competitions.

The schedule for this congress has also been altered to allow more free evenings to enjoy the culinary and cultural delights of Hungary’s capital. There will also be time for optional tours and excursions.

See www.ebu.co.uk/competitions/budapest for more details. 


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.
 

Riviera Congress
30th June - 2nd July

Riviera Centre, Torquay

A summer congress at the fabulous Riviera Centre which overlooks the bay in Torquay.

Friday: Swiss Teams (7 x 7-board rounds)
Saturday & Sunday: Swiss Pairs (12 x 7-board rounds)

Play starts at 2pm on Friday to allow for travel in the morning. Saturday evening is free to enjoy a (hopefully) sun-soaked evening in Torquay. Play ends at 4:30pm on Sunday for allow for travel home that evening.

More details

Eastbourne Summer Seniors Congress
7th - 9th July

Winter Garden, Eastbourne

A long weekend of bridge, open to those born in 1957 or earlier.

Friday & Saturday: Championship Pairs
Saturday: Swiss Pairs (for new entrants and non-qialifiers)
Sunday: Swiss Teams

The prize fund incorporates the Edith Kaplan Memorial Award, with a special category prize for the best veterans pair and team (all members of the pair/team must be over 70).

More details
 

Scarborough Summer Congress
27th - 30th July

Scarborough Spa Complex

The congress has a relaxed holiday atmosphere ideal for players new to national competitions. Mornings are free to enjoy the attractions of North Yorkshire.

Thursday: Pre-Congress Pairs
Friday: Multiple Teams
Saturday & Sunday: Stratified Swiss Pairs

More details

Northern Midweek Congress
22nd - 24th August

Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE (see introduction)

A fully green pointed congress, with reduced entry fees

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

More details
 

The Summer Meeting
4th - 13th August

Winter Garden, Eastbourne

The start of the Summer Meeting is just seven weeks away. We hope you are making your plans to join us.
The full schedule is available here, and includes the usual highlights:

Friday 4th - Sunday 6th: Swiss Pairs
Monday 7th - Thursday 10th: Seniors Congress
Monday 7th - Thursday 10th: Really Easy Congress
Monday 7th - Tuesday 8th: U26 Championship Pairs
Friday 11th - Sunday 13th: Four Star Swiss Teams
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: One Day Swiss Pairs

To help plan your trip to Eastbourne the Pre-Congress webpage has information on hotels, travel, etc.

More details
 

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

24 June
  Garden Cities Trophy final, Solihull (for qualified teams)
 
8 - 15 July
European Youth Team Championships, Slovakia
 
22 - 23 July
  Green Point weekend - Essex/Herts; Gloucs/Hereford; Notts; Dorset; Manchester; Sussex
 
24 - 27 July
  British Summer Sim Pairs
 
12 - 26 Aug
World Team Championships, Lyon, France
 
15 - 24 Aug
World Youth OpenTeam Championships, Lyon, France

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