Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association

The YCBA promotes, manages and supports EBU affiliated
competitive bridge play in our county.

Northern Midweek Congress 2023

  • By Jim Edwards
  • 22nd August 2023

Date(s) - 22 Aug - 24 Aug
12:00 am

a mid-week bridge competition in Yorkshire!

Harrogate, 22nd – 24th August 2023

For the first time since 2019, The Northern Midweek Congress is returning to the calendar and will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrogate. Historically a very popular congress held in Harrogate in late Summer, this year the event is being run by Oliver Cowan in partnership with the EBU. The venue is the perfect new setting as it is less than a 10-minute walk to the train station. For those who are travelling by car, free parking has been arranged for the duration of the event.

Jack-High Swiss Pairs (5 x 5 board matches)

Aimed at players with an NGS of no higher than 56.99% and run over 2 sessions in the afternoon, the entry fee for this event includes a fantastic afternoon tea for all competitors in the break.

Open Pairs (24-26 boards subject to movement)

A Blue Pointed duplicate session open to everyone, being played on the Tuesday evening and suitable for all.

Swiss Pairs (6 x 8 board matches)

Starting at 12:30pm, there will be 3 matches before the break, where players will have the option to pre-order afternoon tea to be taken in the hotel restaurant or players are free to go out into Harrogate if they prefer. There will be 3 more matches after the break with play aiming to finish by 7:30pm, allowing people to go into Harrogate for the evening or travel home.

Swiss Teams (6 x 8 board matches)

Starting at 11am, there will be 2 matches before the break, with an optional meal, which is a 2-course sandwich lunch. This will be followed by 4 matches after lunch with a short coffee break after match 4, with a planned finish time of no later than 6:30pm, allowing plenty of time for trains back to London (and elsewhere!).

To enter

This event is being run by Oliver Cowan on behalf of the EBU, entries should be made directly with Oliver. Please complete the entry form and then email the completed form to ocbridgecomps@gmail.com. Payments should then be made to:
Sort Code: 40-42-30
Bank Account: 72143569
Bank Account Name: Oliver Cowan



Championships Pairs – Alan Mould & John Holland
Swiss Teams – Alan Jarvis, Tom Cohen, Alan Hayward & Robert Dixon

Event did not take place in 2020, 2021 or 2022

Day Start Time End Time Description
19:30 22:30 OPEN PAIRS
WED 23 12:30 15:30 SWISS PAIRS (matches 1-3)
15:30 16:30 Break
16:30 19:30 SWISS PAIRS (matches 4-6)
THU 24 11:00 13:00 SWISS TEAMS (matches 1-2)
13:00 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 18:30 SWISS TEAMS (matches 3-6)
Coffee Break after match 4
Details of the timetable may be subject to change
Entry Fees
Code Event Price
A Open Pairs & Both Green Point Events £75
B Green Point Swiss Pairs £35
C Green Point Swiss Teams £35
D Both Green Point Events £67.50
E Open Pairs £10
F Jack-High Swiss Pairs £30
G Afternoon Tea Wed 23rd £15
H 2 Course Sandwich Lunch Thu 24th £15
Entry fees are per player and should be made in advance.
Entries close on Friday 18th August

Master Points

Both Tuesday events are Blue Pointed.
Wednesday & Thursday events are Green Pointed.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.
Jack-High Swiss Pairs are Blue Pointed at Regional scale.

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