National Pairs

Club Heats: 21st March 2021, Online; Final:10th – 11th April 2021, via RealBridge

Please note that any pair that was in the top 50 places in the 2020 heats will be able to enter the 2021 final prior to the regional heats and not need qualify again

Special arrangements: This year the Regional Heats will only be run by clubs, not centrally by the EBU, and there will be no charge to the clubs other than the two-session UMS.

This is not only a qualifying event for the National Pairs final but there are also five regional trophies awarded based on the organising clubs’ geographical locations. We will allow those who qualified in a heat last year to enter for this year’s final if they do so before the qualifying heats take place, even if they do not qualify again. This means that the final may be larger than usual.

If your club wishes to host a heat please contact comps@ebu.co.uk for information.

The event is also part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

National Pairs Final 2021 Programme

To enter

Entry to a heat is made direct to the club in question.

Entries for the final (as a result of qualifying last year) should be made to charlie@ebu.co.uk or by phoning 01296317203

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. 

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
Frances Hinden & Jeffrey Allerton

Please note, due to Covid this event did not take place in 2020

Timetable
Day Times Day Times
Club Heats National Final
Sunday 21st March start 11.30am Saturday 10th April 11.00 - 7.15
Sunday 11th April 11.00 - 6.50
Depending on size of field
Entry Fees
Event Prices
Club Heats Entry fees determined by each club venue.
National Final £46

Master Points

Club Heats Green Points are awarded throughout, both for session results and for final ranking. Session awards go to the top 1/4 of the overall field based on the session scores alone. In addition, ranking points go to the top 1/2 of the overall field based on the two-session total score. Session awards and final ranking awards are cumulative. The results will be stratified. National Final Green Points to halfway.

Agreements

Level 4 agreements are permitted.

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

2021 Club Heats

The club heats will be held on Sunday 21st March 2021. Most club heats will be taking place online. If your club wishes to host a heat please contact comps@ebu.co.uk for information.

3 Counties Bridge Club, via Bridge Club Live (room opens at 10.15 am for a start at 10.30am with a break for lunch and the second session room opening at 2.45pm for a start at 3.00pm. Please make a donation to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Entry form and full details. Contact 07801989630 or email douglaswright@3countiesbridge.com) Cancelled

Adam Wiseberg Bridge, via RealBridge (starts at 10.30am with a 30-45 minute break at around 1.30pm and finishing at around 5pm. Costs £5 per person. Enter via Adam Wiseberg Bridge website)

Avenue Bridge Club, via BBO (session one starts at 10.30am with session two starting at 2.30pm. Maximum 38 pairs. Entries to be made no later than 2.00 pm Friday 19th March, or until full, whichever is the earlier. Entry fee £8 per person.)

Bakewell Bridge Club, via BBO (starts at 10.30am with a break from approx. 1pm with the second session stating at 2.30pm, expected to finish around 5pm. Costs £10 per person. Contact Barbara Rogers via babsrogers1944@gmail.com for further entry information. Entry closes 18th March)

Bath Bridge Club, via RealBridge (starts at 10.45 with the second session starting at 2.45 and costs £5 per player. Enter via this Entry Form)

Caterham Bridge Club, via BBO (starts at 11.30am and costs £8 per person. Entry form)

Dorset County, via RealBridge (starts at 11am with an hour break between sessions and costs £10 per pair. Entry form)

Exeter Bridge Club, via RealBridge (starts at 11.30am, break at approx 2.30 - 3.30, finish approx 6.30pm and costs £8 per person. Enter online via Exeter website) Cancelled

Mid Essex Bridge Club, via BBO (starts at 10.30am break at approx 1.30pm - 2.45pm, finish approx 5.45pm and costs £9 per person. Enter online via www.firstclassbridge.com for inquiries contact firstclassbridge@btconnect.com or call 07973925315)

Oliver Cowan Bridge Club, via BBO (starts at 11am with 1 hour break between 1:30 and 2:30 to finish approx 5pm and costs £6 per player. Entries to ocbridgecomps@gmail.com with BBO usernames, EBU numbers and phone contact for 1 player)

Reading Bridge Club, via BBO (starts at 10:30 and 14:30 with an hour’s break in between sessions, and costs 8 BBO$ per person. Entry form)

Richmond Bridge Club, via RealBridge (starts at 10.30am with the second session at 14.30 and costs £6 for members and £9 for visitors. Entries via club website. Contact phone number and/or email for enquiries 07887781997, marietta@richmondbridgeclub.com)

Stamford Bridge Club, via BBO (starts at 11.30am and costs £7 per person. To enter contact Marcus Witt, marcusstamfordwitt@gmail.com) Cancelled

Stretford Bridge Club via Realridge (starts at noon and costs £6 per person, entries via stretfordbridge@gmail.com) Cancelled

Wallingford Bridge Club via RealBridge (starts at 11.30am with a 30 minute break at around 2:15pm and costs £5 per player. Advance booking is essential (entries close on Friday 19th March) and is open now at https://bookwhen.com/wallingfordbridgeclub.)

2021 National Final

The National Final will be held on the weekend of 10th – 11th April 2021, starting at 11.00am on the Saturday and finishing at approximately 6.00pm on the Sunday. The final will be a minimum of 98 boards. The final will be played online via RealBridge.

Previous Results

Event 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

National Pairs - a history

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