EBU Event Focus
Issue 75: November 2018

Dear EBU member

After a flurry of activity in recent weeks, there is a brief pause in the competition calendar for most of you - dare I say it, but it's a chance to start contemplating events at the end of December. No, not Christmas - I'm talking about sorting your entry for our end of year Congresses. It's too early to start buying stocking fillers, but it's never too early to organise your festive bridge - entries are open now.
If your usual partner or team mates are unavailable for any EBU congress you don't need to miss out. There is a message board on each congress webpage you can use to try to make contact with others who are seeking someone for that event. Don't be stuck at home over Christmas if you'd rather be playing bridge - post your details, or respond to someone else, and find a game for the Year End Congresses.

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.

Year End Congress, London
27th - 30th December
Royal National Hotel, Russell Square

Join us for four days of festive bridge in the capital.

Thurs 27th - Fri 28th: Stratified Swiss Pairs
Fri 28th: Jack High Swiss Pairs*
Sat 29th: Mixed or Open Pairs
Sun 30th: Stratified Swiss Teams

* - a new competition, with a reduced entry fee, for players no higher than Jack on the NGS.

Accommodation packages are available at the venue. See the website for details.

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Blackpool Year End Congress
28th - 30th December
Blackpool Conference Centre & Spa

We round off bridge in 2018 back on the Lancashire Coast.

Fri 28th: Mixed or Open Pairs
Fri 28th - Sat 29th: Stratified Swiss Pairs
Sun 30th: Stratified Swiss Teams

The venue is the same as previous years, but has been re-named. Accommodation packages are available at the venue. See the website for details.

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National Point-a-Board Teams
19th - 20th January
Young Chelsea BC, London

This competition is played exclusively on the point-a-board (BAM) format.

Saturday: Qualifying
a main final for the top teams, and a consolation final for non-qualifiers.

Master Points will be awarded at a 50% enhanced rate in the qualifier and main final. The competition is part of the Player of the Year Championship.

A short guide to Point-a-Board matches

David Gold's guide to the tactics of PAB

Brian Senior - the different tactics for Point-a-Board, IMPs and Match Points

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Easter Festivals
London - 19th - 22nd April
Leeds - 19th - 21st April

In case you missed in the announcement in the additional Event Focus last month, this is a reminder that the Easter Festival in London will be at a new venue in 2019 - the ILEC Conference Centre near Earls Court.

As this venue is slightly cheaper we are freezing the prices at 2018 rates for those booking before the end of February. But you don't need to wait as bookings are being taken now.

Accommodation at the venue is also available to book now  - please book directly with the venue using this online booking page.

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Northern Easter Festival

The Northern Easter Festival will again be organised by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU. It will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds. Full information will be available soon.

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Athens Congress
30th January - 5th February
Wyndham Grand, Athens

Join us for a smashing congress in Greece.

It will be held at the Wyndham Grand in the centre of Athens, near the Acropolis and Parthenon.

To attend you must book your accommodation through Bridge Overseas. For more details, or to make a reservation, please see here, or call 08000 346246.

The Congress includes Pairs and Teams competitions, with Green Pointed Swiss competitions to start and finish the event.

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Online Knockout Teams
Entries close 14th January

A knockout competition for teams of four, with all matches played online.

The competition is open to teams from all home nations, so why not involve your friends from over the border?!

There is a plate competition for those defeated in early rounds, so everyone is guaranteed two matches.

Juniors receive half-price entry on a pro-rata basis.

Green Points are awarded in the main competition, and Blue Points in the Plate competition.

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Harrogate Congress
8th - 10th February
Cairn Hotel, Harrogate

A popular long weekend of bridge, organised by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU. Please make entries directly with the YCBA. Please see the YCBA website for more details and an 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.

More details

Other dates for your diary

8 - 10 Nov
EBL Champions Cup
17 - 18 Nov
Tollemache Cup qualifying round (for qualified teams) - Daventry
24 - 25 Nov
  Middlesex Congress - Harrow
8 - 9 Dec
European Mixed Teams Trials: playoff - London
14 - 16 Dec
Junior Channel Trophy - Lille, France
15 - 16 Dec
Seniors Trials for the Teltscher Trophy
4 - 6 Jan
Camrose Trophy, 1st Weekend - Wales
4 - 6 Jan
  Midland Counties Congress - Solihull

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