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EBU Congresses


The English Bridge Union runs many events throughout the year, including two overseas congresses – one in the spring, the other in the autumn – in association with First for Bridge. The congress programme varies little year to year, combining two two-day Swiss events (Pairs and Teams) with shorter single-session events. Swiss events are Green-pointed, and the remaining events attract Blue points. Most of the events are stratified, giving more chances for lower-ranked players to win Masterpoints, and prizes are awarded in accordance with the EBU’s normal scale.  

For those looking for a partner for the pairs events or teammates for the Pivot and Swiss Teams, the EBU partnership forum offers a quick solution. Results are displayed both on the EBU results page and the First for Bridge Bridgewebs site at

While the bridge is important, the included visits of the overseas congresses are a key element of the programme. There are always ample opportunities for relaxation and sightseeing as well.

The emphasis is on providing high-calibre accommodation in a variety of interesting locations, as well as flights from a range of UK airports. Hosted jointly by First for Bridge and the EBU, and run by nationally qualified directors, the overseas congresses emphasise good quality bridge played in congenial surroundings and a friendly atmosphere.

2 Holidays available from £90pp

New Tour

The EBU Corwen Trophy is the competition for counties’ pairs champions, held at the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Stone.

  • 1 or 2 nights half-board accommodation


  • 2024 14th June 15th June
  • Join Direct
EBU Overseas Congress
New Tour

The Green and Blue pointed EBU Overseas Congress in October 2024 will take place on the beautiful island of Crete, at the Kernos Beach Hotel.

  • 7, 8 or 9 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
  • Bridge fee for the EBU Congress
  • Green and Blue Masterpoints awarded
  • Sponsored drinks reception and prize giving
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Excursions
  • Half


  • 2024 13th October 14th October 15th October
  • By Air
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Meet the

We’ve assembled a fantastic team of directors, hosts and teachers, all dedicated to providing an engaging and supportive bridge-playing environment.

Meet the Team
Chris and Linda Benneworth

Chris and Linda Benneworth

Following successful careers in education, Chris and Linda retired in the late nineties and started directing together, working at first in local and more recently in overseas congresses. They ran the North Eastern Bridge Association Congress for a number of years in Otterburn, Consett and Gateshead, an event with a deserved reputation for friendliness.