Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Congress

The Berwick Congress is a popular and friendly one-day congress held annually on a Sunday around the end of April or start of May.

The thirty-ninth Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Congress will be held on Sunday, 24 April 2024 on Bridge Base Online (BBO).

The Congress is typically a two session event. The afternoon session, starting at 1pm, is a matchpointed Open Pairs Championship; 12 two-board rounds with barometer scoring and Swiss assignments.

The evening session is a Swiss Teams event, scored by imps converted to victory points using the WBF continuous scale.

2022 BROCHURE

We hope that the fortieth congress will be run at the Berwick Rugby club next year.

If you want further details, please contact congress@berwickbridgeclub.co.uk.

2022 Berwick Congress

The Congress will be a two session event. The afternoon session, starting at 1pm, will be an Open Pairs Championship, 12 two-board rounds (Howell movement or Swiss assignments, depending on numbers).

The evening session, starting at 5pm, will be a Swiss Teams event with five 5-board matches, scored by imps converted to victory points using the BBO VP20 scale.

Each event will cost BB$4 per person and you must register on BBO in the two hours before the event. The events are run by SBU_E_BER. There is no need for SBU members to pre-register, just turn up, pay and play. You may play in one or both events.

The Congress is open to all SBU members. The Congress is also open to all EBU/WBU/NIBU/CBAI members but you must pre-register using this form.

Pre-registering does not commit you to playing in the events, but ensures we have your BBO username to allow you to play.

Unfortunately we are not permitted to allow others except as substitutes.

Registration for Swiss Teams is similar to the pairs: each pair registers and then you invite the other pair to team with you. Registered pairs who do not select teammates will be randomly assigned to a team. Full instructions at Swiss Teams Tournaments - BBO News: there is also Paul's YouTube video.

Both events will have a Partnership Desk on BBO when registration opens if you do not have a partner or teammates.

The profit from the Congress, after prize money, is normally given to a local charity of the Committee’s choice. 

There will be modest BB$ prizes for the leading pairs, teams, and leading Bronze pair and Bronze team not finishing in the main prizes.

TIMETABLE

11am  Registration OPENS for Congress Pairs on BBO
(Competitive→All tournaments→Search for SBU_E_BER)
12.50pm

Registration CLOSES for Congress Pairs

1pm

Congress Pairs starts

3pm

Registration OPENS for Congress Teams on BBO
(Competitive→All tournaments→Search for SBU_E_BER)

4pm Congress Pairs finishes
4.50pm

Registration CLOSES for Congress Teams

5pm Congress Teams starts
8.30pm Congress Teams finishes

 

If you wish to register as a substitute and play for free but with no notice until game time, please contact the convenor. One substitute pair for the afternoon pairs, and one substitute pair and one substitute team (or two pairs) for the teams, would be ideal. Substitutes do not need to be SBU members but play is not guaranteed.

SBU Licence

 

Congress results

   

A list of pairs winners is available here.

  A full list of teams winners is available here.
2022  

Congress Pairs

 

Congress Teams

2021  

Congress Pairs

Derek McLachlan and Steven Henderson

 

Congress Teams

Jim Hay, Jake Milne, Diccen Sargent, David Sargent

2020  

Cancelled

 

Cancelled

2019  

Congress Pairs

George Martin and Brian Thomas

 

Congress Swiss Teams

Sandy Moor, Garneth Ellis, Brian Griffiths, Louis Moore 

2018  

Congress Pairs

Joan and Tom Dowie

 

Congress Swiss Teams

Shona and David Anderson, Tom Bagnall, Andrew Harborow

2017  

Congress Pairs

Margaret and Jimmy Phin

 

Congress Teams

Liz Barr, Ritchie Thompson, Norman and Bett Morrison

2016  

Congress Pairs
Fiona Greenwood & Veronica Guy

(frequencies)

 

Congress Teams
George Martin, Brian Thomas, Derrick Peden, Malcolm McCardle

2015  

Congress Pairs
Brian Thomas & George Martin

 

Congress Teams
Reg Drysdale, Jean Mole, Ros French, Diana Drysdale

2014  

Congress Pairs
Veronica Guy & Moray Jeffrey

 

Congress Teams
Reg Drysdale, Jean Mole, Ros French, Diana Drysdale

2013  

Congress Pairs
Peter & Martin Stephens

 

Congress Teams
Catriona Gardiner, Jane Harper, Elizabeth Peckham, Jane Miller

38th Berwick Congress 2021

The 38th Congress was originally scheduled for April 2020 but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On 25 April 2021 the congress was held on Bridge Base Online, the first time that the event was held online.

The event had the same format, with pairs in the afternoon and Swiss teams in the evening and, interestingly, almost the same number of attendees as previous years.

37th Berwick Congress 2019

Once again the congress was expertly directed by Julia Palmer and everyone was bullied by Paul Gipson, so the congress ran smoothly and on time. The prizes were presented by Christine McCreath, Berwick President, and special guest Eddie McGeough, SBU President.

George Martin and Brian Thomas

George Martin and Brian Thomas, pairs winners

Jim Wilkinson and Catriona Gardiner

Jim Wilkinson and Catriona Gardiner, pairs runners-up

Louis Moore, Garneth Ellis, Sandy Moor, Brian Griffiths

Louis Moore, Garneth Ellis, Sandy Moor, Brian Griffiths: Swiss Teams winners

Brian Thomas, Graham Fisher, Malcolm McCardle, George Martin

Brian Thomas, Graham Fisher, Malcolm McCardle, George Martin: Swiss Teams runners-up

36th Berwick Congress 2018

Once again the congress was expertly directed by Julia Palmer and moderately scored by Paul Gipson. Everyone seemed to enjoy the catering and the congress ran smoothly and on time.

Tom and Joan Dowie

Tom and Joan Dowie, pairs winners

Shona and David Anderson, Tom Bagnall, and Andrew Harborow

Shona and David Anderson, Tom Bagnall, and Andrew Harborow, Swiss Teams winners

Rosie and Rodger

Rosie Crockett and Rodger Urquhart - second in the pairs

 

Liz and Ritchie

Liz Barr and Ritchie Thompson - third in the pairs

 

Bett and Norman

The Morrisons - fourth in the pairs

 

 

35th Berwick Congress 2017

This year's congress was expertly run by Julia Palmer and scored by Ian Ross.

Berwick Congress Pairs winners

Congress Pairs winners - Margaret and Jimmy Phin, with President Garneth Ellis

Congress Teams winners

Congress Teams winners - Liz Barr, Norman Morrison, Bett Morrison, Ritchie Thompson

Many thanks to all the Berwick members who helped make the congress a success.

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