Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association

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

Harrogate Spring Congress 2023 Main Entry Form

  • By Jim Edwards
  • 2nd November 2022

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After an enforced break from being live over the last couple of years, the YCBA are bringing the Harrogate Spring Congress back Face to Face with a bang at a new, exciting venue in the centre of the town, The Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event will have a ‘Really Easy’ Pairs session on the Friday afternoon aimed at players who want a more relaxed experience or have perhaps not played in a congress before while the main Swiss Pairs event is back to it’s traditional 3 session format and the Swiss Teams will run as normal on the Sunday.

The Really Easy Pairs will have a talk from Jim Edwards about Swiss Pairs and then playing a 25 board sesson with high tea being served in the break..

The main Swiss Pairs event this year will see players given an option on the Friday as to whether they wish to play their 1st session on the Friday afternoon or the Friday evening. Both sessions will run parallel with one another and then all players will be together for sessions 2 & 3 on the Saturday. Saturday will have a marginally earlier start than previous years allowing local players to get home at a sensible time and also allowing those who are staying to go out and eat in Harrogate.  

The Sunday Swiss Teams will run the same format as it has in previous years.

There is free parking in the hotel car park for all events as well as tea and coffee being available free of charge for all sessions. On Saturday and Sunday there will be 2 course meal in the hotel restaurant including in the entry price, negating the traditional rush to find a restaurant and have to rush your meal, often getting wet in the process! For those who wish to stay at the venue, there are discounted rates in place for bedrooms and this information is on the attached flyers as well as information on how to enter the Congress.

If you want to play in the teams but need teammates then please get in touch and I can try to arrange something for you. There will also be offers in place ar local restaurants on the Friday and Saturday evening for those who want to eat after bridge and more information will be made availabe nearer the time.

Hope to see you in Harrogate!

Oliver Cowan (Tournament Host)

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