Year End Congress, Online

RealBridge, 27th – 30th December 2020

Due to Covid, the usual Year End Congresses in London and Blackpool will not be taking place face-to-face this year. Instead we will be running an online Year End Congress, held on RealBridge*. The online congress will be held between Christmas and New Year over four days. The Swiss Teams and Swiss Pairs are both stratified events.

If you wish to enter the Online Year End Congress, you can do so online over the Christmas period via www.ebu.co.uk/members. Entries should ideally be made in advance, but if this is not possible, you may enter on the day. Jack High Swiss Pairs Following this event, there will be a Zoom seminar the next morning to go through the hands. It will also be stratified for pairs who are 9-high or 6-high. 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. We reserve the right to decline entries from those who may meet the NGS requirements, but have significant tournament experience and are not among the 'congress-novices' at whom the event is aimed. The format will be six 6-board matches with a break after three matches.

To enter

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu. You can also call 01296 317203 or email comps@ebu.co.uk

Congress Prices

The prices for our online congresses and competitions are significantly lower than they would have been face to face (about 20% less), but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium.

We have been working hard to keep bridge going since last March, but with no end to the pandemic expected soon, we also need to work hard to keep the EBU going. Despite taking advantage of all government support that has been available, making a number of staff redundant and cutting costs everywhere we can, we are still using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme coming to an end this will only get worse.

Competitions are one way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival and we will be following this pricing strategy for all our online congresses and major competitions.

Timetable
Day Times Description
Day 1: Sunday 11.30pm – 2.45pm Session 1 Stratified Swiss Pairs (three x 8-boards)
3.45pm - 7.00pm Session 2 Stratified Swiss Pairs (three x 8-boards)
Day 2: Monday 11.30pm – 2.45pm Session 3 Stratified Swiss Pairs (three x 8-boards)
3.45pm - 7.00pm Session 4 Stratified Swiss Pairs (three x 8-boards)
11.30pm – 2.15pm Jack High Swiss Pairs 1 (three x 6-board matches)
3.15pm - 6.00pm Jack High Swiss Pairs 2 (three x 6-board matches)
Day 3: Tuesday 11.30pm – 3.00pm Mixed or Open Pairs, session 1
4.00pm - 7.20pm Mixed or Open Pairs, session 2
Day 4: Wednesday 11.30pm – 2.30pm Stratified Swiss Teams (three x 7-boards)
3.30pm - 7.20pm Stratified Swiss Teams (four x 7-boards)
Entry Fees
Number of Days Playing Price Per Person
One Day £30
Two Days £57
Three Days £84
Four Days £110
Jack High Swiss Pairs £20
Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance. 
Please enter prior to the office closing for Christmas on Thursday 24th. If this is not possible then please enter and pay on the day, allowing plenty of time to do so.

Master Points

All of the congress events are fully Green Pointed.

Agreements

Level 4 agreements are permitted in all of the main congress events. Level 2 agreements are permitted in the Jack High Swiss Pairs. Please can you email your Convention Card in the correct format (WBF for Trials and EBU card for EBU Congresses) to EBUConventionCards@gmail.com. We will send you a link to a pdf version which you can then provide at the table for your opponents.

Venue and Tariff

Due to Covid-19, this event will be held via online bridge platform RealBridge

*RealBridge

RealBridge is a new online bridge platform currently undergoing extensive testing among clubs and national organisations across the world. Its most distinctive feature is that it uses your computer's camera and microphone (if it has them) to provide video and audio of the players at the table, aiming to replicate the experience of playing face to face. However, players without that capacity will still be able to play by typing comments in the traditional manner.

Find a partner/team mates

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please use the comments board below. Please note: To reduce confusion, messages relating to a previous year's congress will be removed from the board. Please see this page if you need help using the comments board.

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