Easter Festival, London

ILEC Conference Centre, SW6 1UD, 15th - 18th April 2022

In 2022 it is hoped this event will be held face to face.

Event format

Championship Pairs The Championship Pairs is a ‘stratified’ event scored across the field. Each pair will play in five sessions of 18 boards - making a total of 90 boards two sessions on Friday, allowing an early finish, and three on Saturday. See below for the session times. Prizes and Master Points awarded in three categories: below Premier Regional Master, below Premier Life Master & Open. The Championships Pairs is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship. The Swiss Teams on Sunday is a two-session event with seven 7-board matches in all. The event is now also a stratified event.

Monday

Monday offers two options: Swiss Pairs - open to all with seven 7-board matches. Jack High Swiss Pairs - this competition 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. This competition is priced at a discounted rated to encourage new participants to congress bridge.

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 this congress are significantly lower than they would have been face to face, but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium. Players are also saving a significant amount of money in travel and accommodation costs.

We have been working hard to keep bridge going over the last six months, but with no end in sight 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. When the furlough scheme comes 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.

Holders

2019 Championships Pairs - Simon Gillis & Erik Saelensminde

Swiss Teams - Jack Mizel, Brian Senior, Ingar Hansen, Tore Marskar

Swiss Pairs - Heather Bakhshi & David Bakhshi

Jack High Swiss Pairs - Alistair Brown & Terry Dillon

Please note this event was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to Covid-19.

Timetable
Day Times (assuming played on RealBridge) Description
Friday 11.30am - 1.45pm Championship Pairs, session 1
2.30pm - 4.45pm Championship Pairs, session 2
Saturday 11.30am - 1.45pm Championship Pairs, session 3
2.30pm - 4.45pm Championship Pairs, session 4
5.00pm - 7.15pm Championship Pairs, session 5
Sunday 11.30am - 2.30pm Stratified Swiss Teams 1 (three x 7-board matches)
3.30pm - 7.30pm Stratified Swiss Teams 2 (four x 7-board matches)
Monday 11.30am - 2.30pm Swiss Pairs 1 (three x 7-board matches)
11.30am - 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)
3.30pm - 7.30pm Swiss Pairs 2 (four x 7-board matches)
Entry Fees
Entry Fees To be announced later When venue/online confirmed

Note - when booking for any combination which includes the Championship Pairs, please confirm your preferred starting time for the Championship Pairs. When booking online there are separate codes available for the purpose, i.e. A1, A3 etc

Please enter by 6th April if possible, however entries can be made later, and at the venue if necessary, though a £2 surcharge will apply to entries made at the venue. All entry fees are per person

Master Points

Championship Pairs: Green Points to the top half of the field within each stratification. Swiss Pairs, Jack High Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams: 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.

Venue and Tariff

The congress will take place on RealBridge with a possible live event at the ILEC Conference Centre near Earls Court.

RealBridge is a new online bridge platform currently being used by the EBU for all congress and trial events. Its most distinctive feature is that it uses your computer's camera and microphone, which you are now required to have, to replicate the experience of playing face to face.

2020 rates £95 Bed and Breakfast for single occupancy – per room per night £105 Bed and Breakfast for double occupancy – per room per night

EBU Policy on Venue Hotels

Parking and Travel Information for ILEC centre

Travel The venue is just a few minutes walk from West Brompton station which offers both underground and National Rail services. The nearest station to the venue is West Brompton on the London Overground and District Line (Wimbledon branch). However players should be aware that Easter is a common occasion for engineering work on rail and tube lines. Please allow plenty of time for travel to the venue, and see the Transport for London and National Rail websites for further information. The venue is also in easy walking distance of West Kensington on the District Line (Ealing and Richmond branches) and Earls Court on the District and Piccadilly lines. Finally, if Chelsea have a match this will involve extra parking restrictions in the vicinity of the venue and mean that any restrictions indicated as applying "on match days" will be in force!

There is paid-parking at the IBIS hotel and at other car parks in the area, and some on-street parking in the local area is free on Bank Holidays and weekends (according to the information on the local council website - see the pink areas D and H on their map) - but do take care to check that this applies to where you have parked. Note that single yellow lines operate on Bank Holidays. We will try to provide more detailed information about parking closer to the time, but it is the players' responsibility to ensure they comply with the regulations in force.

Previous Winners

Did not take place in 2020 due to Covid-19

2019 results
2018 results
2017 results
2016 results
2015 results
2014 results
2013 results
2012 results
2011 results
2010 results
2009 results
2008 results
2007 results
Easter Festival Pairs - the history
Easter Festival Teams for the Rixi Markus Cup - the history
Under 21 Championship Pairs - the history

Find a partner/team mates

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please email comps@ebu.co.uk