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It is possible that the One Day Swiss Pairs will sell out - please enter in advance, rather than relying on entering on the day at ULU
Welcome to the Event Hub for the Summer Festival 2018. Here you will find links to results, articles, important information and photos from the event. We hope you'll check back frequently as this is updated.
Will appear here during the congress
|Friday 3rd||Open Pairs|
|Swiss Pairs||Session 1|
|Saturday 4th||Swiss Pairs||Session 2||Session 3|
|Sunday 5th||Swiss Pairs||Session 4a||Session 4b||Overall|
|Monday 6th||Play with the Experts Pairs||Bath BC local results||Huddersfield BC local results||Richmond BC local results|
|Sheffield BC local results||St Leonards BC local results||Overall results|
|Tuesday 7th||GCH Fox Championship Pairs||Overall results|
|Michael Byrne||Swiss Pairs, session 1;||Swiss Pairs, Final|
|Brian Senior||Swiss Pairs report|
Due to a number of factors, unlike at the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne/Brighton there will not be any seminars (to 'Discuss it with the Experts') at the Summer Festival.
|AUG‑08, 14:45||Congratulations to Steve Root & Niall Igoe for winning the GCH Fox Championship Pairs. 185 Pairs took part across the five venues, and the winners, playing at Richmond BC, finished with 68.24%. John Brandon-Joyce & Vanessa O'Callaghan, who played in Bristol, were second with 67.19%, and Sarah O'Connor & Frances Hinden were third with 65.99%.|
|AUG‑07, 11:05||Congratulations to Roger Morton & David Ould, who played at Richmond BC, for winning the Play with the Expert Pairs. They were the leading E/W Pair, and their score was further ahead of the average E/W score than the leading N/S Pair was ahead of the N/S average. The leading N/S Pair was Andrew Parkes & Richard Samter, who played at Bath BC.|
|AUG‑06, 14:11||Are you feeling the squeeze? Brian Senior has written about some interesting deals from the Swiss Pairs, and squeezes which earned declarer almost all the match points are a prominent feature - article 3|
|AUG‑06, 11:28||Earlier we pondered whether Gabor & Peter's victory by 35 VPs was a record margin. Well, it is certainly the highest since 1986, and even if the event had finished after the usual 14 matches their margin of 25 at that point would, we think, still be the highest in that period.|
|AUG‑06, 10:58||Gabor & Peter's victory in the Swiss Pairs means they are new entries at 15th= in the Player of the Year leaderboard. Chris Jagger's runners-up spot takes him in to the top 20 too - current standings|
|AUG‑06, 09:26||Michael Byrne has taken to his keyboard again, to write about a deal from the final session of the Swiss Pairs - article 2|
Congratulations to Gabor Winkler & Peter Lakatos, who almost led from start to finish (they won their first match 20-0 but slipped off the top spot briefly on Saturday evening) to win the Swiss Pairs Championship at the Summer Festival. The Hungarian internationals finished an impressive 35 VPs ahead of the field - we'll have to dig through the archive to see if any pair has ever won by more. Tony Waterlow & Waseem Naqvi and Ian Pagan & Chris Jagger finished in a tie for second place, and Chris Duckworth & Brian Callaghan and Dan McIntosh & Rune Hauge were tied for fourth.
The Brighton Plate for the leading C Stratification Pair was won by K Rahman & Alex Crystol who finished in =14th position.
|AUG‑04, 21:55||There's a tie at the top of the standings in the Swiss Pairs with five matches still to play. Peter Lakatos & Gabor Winkler remain in first, but they are joined by the 2014 champions, Mark Teltscher & Tom Townsend. Mike & Sarah Bell are in third, 8 VPs behind.|
|AUG‑04, 17:55||Peter Lakatos & Gabor Winkler maintained their lead during the second session of the Swiss Pairs. Despite only one outright win in the three matches they stayed a point clear of the field. Ingar Hansen & Guy Hart are second, and Victor Silverstone & Gerald Haase remain in third.|
|AUG‑04, 08:26||Kicking off the reports from the Summer Festival, Michael Byrne looks at two slams from the first session of the Swiss Pairs - article 1|
|AUG‑03, 22:55||Peter Lakatos & Gabor Winkler lead after the first session of the Swiss Pairs. They are on 59 out of a possible 60 VPs, one ahead John Atthey & Garry Watson and three ahead of Victor Silverstone & Gerald Haase.|
Congratulations to Andrew Thompson & Dan Crofts who won the first event of the Festival, the Open Pairs on Friday afternoon. They finished with 64.02%, narrowly ahead of Peter Hasenson & David Sherman with 63.36%. Corneliu Rimboiu & Anil Bhandari were third with 61.87%.
The Summer Festival is underway. The Open Pairs has started, and this evening this once empty room will be full of competitors in the Swiss Pairs.
The session times for the competitions taking place in London are below and can be downloaded here:
|Friday 3rd August||2:00pm - 5:30pm||Open Pairs (free to Swiss Pairs entrants)|
|6:00pm - 9:30pm||Swiss Pairs session 1 - early section (3 rounds)*|
|7:15pm - 10:45pm||Swiss Pairs session 1 - late section (3 rounds)*|
|Saturday 4th August||11:45am - 3:10pm||Swiss Pairs session 2 (3 rounds)|
|4:00pm - 8:30pm||Swiss Pairs session 3 (4 rounds)|
|Sunday 5th August||11:00am - 1:20pm||Swiss Pairs session 4a (2 rounds)|
|2:00pm - 5:30pm||Swiss Pairs session 4b (3 rounds)|
|Friday 17th August||2:00pm - 5:30pm||Point-a-Board Teams (free to Swiss Teams entrants)|
|6:00pm - 9:30pm||Swiss Teams session 1 - early section (3 rounds)*|
|7:15pm - 10:45pm||Swiss Teams session 1 - late section (3 rounds)*|
|Saturday 18th August||11:45am - 3:10pm||Swiss Teams session 2 (3 rounds)|
|4:00pm - 8:30pm||Swiss Teams session 3 (4 rounds)|
|12noon - 6:30pm||One Day Swiss Pairs (at ULU) (6 matches with a short break)|
|Sunday 19th August||11:00am - 1:20pm||Swiss Teams session 4a (2 rounds)|
|2:00pm - 5:30pm||Swiss Teams session 4b (3 rounds)|
|11:00am - 7:10pm||Four Stars finals|
|12noon - 6:30pm||One Day Swiss Pairs (at ULU) (6 matches with a short break)|
* - The intention is that the two sections will play 16 out of 24 boards in common for this first session
Play in the midweek competitions starts at the following time at each venue:
|Bath BC||7.15pm||First Class Bridge Academy - Billericay||3.30pm|
|Bristol BC||7.15pm||Huddersfield BC||7pm|
|Kenilworth BC||7pm||Richmond BC||7.30pm|
|Sheffield BC||7.10pm||St Leonards BC||7pm|
|Tunbridge Wells BC||7.30pm||Worthing BC||7.15pm|
Royal National Hotel
For details on the accommodation packages available, please see the competition webpage.
Or, if you wish to stay elsewhere, the following websites may help you to find alternative options:
Hotels.com; Expedia.co.uk; Lastminute.com
(searches based on 2 nights, 2 people, for the first weekend, sorted by distance to Russell Square - please change these as required)
University of London Union
The One Day Swiss Pairs will be held in the Upper Hall at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY. The Upper Hall is on the 3rd floor - lift access is available.
This is just five minutes walk from the Royal National Hotel where accommodation is available (see above).
Parking is available in nearby streets for free after 6:30pm on Friday, and after 1:30pm on Saturday. Therefore, if parking in this area for play on Saturday you would need to park shortly after 11:30am and pay for two hours parking. Parking in this area is free all day on Sunday. See this map, and look for area CA-D and CA-D/E.
Alternatively, free on-street parking is available all day on Saturday slightly further away in the area north of Euston Road. See this map and look for area CA-G
- Map showing parking restrictions in specific zones in the Borough of Camden
- Use this map to search for specific parking restrictions/charges on each street in the area.
Travel on the London Underground
The closest underground station to the Royal National Hotel is Russell Square (served by the Piccadilly Line). It is just a 3 minute walk - see the walking route.
The University of London Union is almost equidistant between the stations at Russell Square (served by the Piccadilly Line) and Goodge Street (served by the Northern Line - 6-8 minutes walk. Walking route from Russell Square; Walking route from Goodge Street.
Local dining options
As well as the dining options available within the Royal National Hotel, there are numerous others nearby. Some are located just south of Russell Square itself; others are found at Brunswick Square which is few minutes past the Russell Square underground station. Google maps showing some local options - as you move the map other options will be shown.
Discounts: The congress host, Mike Eden, has produced a map, showing local eateries, and grouping them by the type of cuisine. He has also been able to arrange a discount at a few of these, which is available to congress participants. See the leaflet here.
A Tesco Express is located directly opposite the Russell Square underground station. A larger Waitrose is in the Brunswick Centre. No food/drinks bought outside the hotel may be eaten in the Royal National - Russell Square (which has a cafe which is recommended) and Tavistock Square are good places for a picnic.
At the University of London Union, all on site catering will be closed each day, however we are still not permitted to consume on the premises food and drink not bought on site. Therefore during the short interval at the midpoint in the competition please consume any refreshments off site (Gordon Square Garden is a nice place for a picnic and has a kiosk serving drinks and snacks). In addition to the options listed above, other places to get food and drink can be found towards Tottenham Court Road, including a pub (Marlborough Arms), various cafes (including Costa Coffee), and an organic supermarket (Planet Organic).
For details on the clubs hosting the midweek events, please visit their websites:
Bath Bridge Club; First Class Bridge Academy - Billericay; Bristol Bridge Club; Huddersfield Bridge Club; Kenilworth Bridge Club; Richmond Bridge Club; Sheffield Bridge Club; St Leonards Bridge Club; Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club; Worthing Bridge Club
You are required to have a pair of identical completed system cards and you should exchange them with your opponents at the start of each round. If you do not have two completed system cards, you will be provided with blank ones to fill out before play may continue, receiving a score of average minus for any boards unplayed due to the time lost in doing this - so please come prepared. Since old-style EBU 20A cards are no longer authorised, we would urge all players who are filling out new cards to do so on the more recent EBU 20B card. WBF system cards are not permitted in any of the competitions in this event. Visitors from abroad are asked to take particular care to comply with this.
Blank cards, and some pre-completed cards, are available here.
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