We run a number of events for less experienced players, intended as an introduction to more competitive bridge. There is no lower limit, other than the player being comfortable playing unassisted, although in some cases the field may be a little stronger than others, so particularly inexperienced players may be a bit too far out of their 'comfort zone'. The upper limit on a players experience may vary based on the specific event, but in general they will have only been playing the game for a few years, and have little or no experience of ‘tournament bridge’. Players are probably below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS. In some instances a more experienced player may partner a novice – please check with us prior to entering.
"Relaxed" Games on Bridge Base Online
The EBU runs daily "9-high Relaxed Games" on Bridge Base Online at 11am and 7.30pm. They are 12-board games costing $2.00, aimed at those without too much experience, with an NGS no higher than "9", and run at a slower pace that our other regular daily games.
In addition, English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) run "6-high Relaxed Games" with experienced teachers to hand and a Zoom discussion afterwards, for those whose NGS is no higher than "6". They cost $3.00 and are on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm.
National Simultaneous Pairs (Students and Schools)
The Students National Simultaneous Pairs is open to all bona fide bridge students who are currently having lessons through EBTA, Bridge for All or any other teaching scheme. It is also open to schools.
Really Easy Congress (cancelled for 2020)
3rd - 6th Aug 2020, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne This Really Easy Congress Event is aimed at 'less experienced' players. There is no lower limit on ability, and all who have reached a level where they are playing unassisted in a club are welcome, though we anticipate that most players will be a seven or higher on the NGS. At the upper end of the spectrum, we would expect that the stronger players would still be 'inexperienced'. They must be no higher than a Jack on the NGS, and should ideally have little/no experience of green-point events, and are likely to be below the rank of Master.
Jack High Swiss Pairs
At the Easter Festival and Year End Congress, both in London. There will also be a Jack High Swiss Pairs event at the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne This event is aimed at club players who are interested in taking the first steps into congress bridge but who 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.
Really Easy Overseas Congress
We are sorry, but the proposed Really Easy elements of the congress in Andalucia did not attract enough support, and therefore there will not be a Really Easy aspect to future overseas congresses.
Really Easy Weekends
The Really Easy Weekends are 'house parties', designed for more experienced novice players of up to approximately 5 years experience. The emphasis on these weekends is on the play and socialising. There are four bridge sessions - Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening will be normal pairs sessions; on Sunday we will play a Swiss Pairs competition. There will be an optional instructional session on Saturday morning. We suggest that they are most suited to players who are ranked below Master, and whose NGS grading is lower than a Jack. Whilst there is no lower limit on a player's ability, they should be comfortable playing in a 'club setting'. The dates for Really Easy Weekends in 2020 are: 3rd - 5th April 2020 - Wroxton House Hotel, near Banbury
Improvers events at YCBA congresses
Three congresses are run by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU, and at each of these there is an 'improvers' event.
- Harrogate Spring Congress - February, Harrogate
- Northern Easter Festival - Easter weekend, Ilkley
- Great Northern Swiss Pairs - October, Leeds
Please see the event webpage for details, and make entries directly to the YCBA.
Entering an event
To enter a Really Easy event (excluding the YCBA events listed above) please contact the EBU Competitions Department - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01296 317203/219. For the Really Easy Weekends your accommodation should be booked directly with the hotel.
Players from abroad
Entry requirements for any Really Easy or Novice event, whether run by the EBU or a county or club, are based on master points earned even if not recorded by the EBU. For this reason, visitors or those who have moved here from abroad should check their eligibility with the event organiser or the EBU Chief TD, before entering any such event. For the same reason, visitors and those who have moved from abroad are not usually eligible for stratified or Non-Expert prizes or master point awards that may be available in an event. Any request for an exception to this should be made before entering an event.
At all our events for less experienced players only level 2 systems may be played. An example 'level 2' system card is available here. It is not exhaustive but shows some of the conventions which are permitted.
If you are looking for lessons - whether to learn some of the basics or to take your game to the next level - please visit the English Bridge Education & Development website.