2020 Berwick 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.

Sadly the 38th Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Club Congress on Sunday 26 April 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (Letter from Christine McCreath, President). All entry fees were refunded.

 

2021 Congress plans

The Committee expects to make a final decision in December. It is unlikely that it will be cost-effective to run the congress with perspex screens, so the congress is unlikely to be viable unless social distancing guidelines are severely reduced or removed. It is also dependent on the availability of the Rugby Club and catering.

 

The Congress welcomes all EBU and SBU members, unaffiliated players, plus anyone from further afield who is in the area, but pre-entry is required as we cannot accept entries on the day as we are usually full. Entries are limited to 26 teams/54 pairs.

The Congress is a two session event: the afternoon session, starting at 1pm, is an Open Pairs Championship with duplicated boards played across all sections and computerised scoring across the field.

The evening session, starting at about 5.30pm, is a Swiss Teams event with four 6-board matches. Duplicated boards will be played in all matches with computerised scoring. An Australian movement will be used so that every team's home table remains the same throughout the session.

An excellent meal is provided between the afternoon and evening sessions, taking the form of a hot buffet, a vegetarian option, and some salads. In view of the start-time, and for some people lengthy travelling time, we provide soup and rolls before the start.

The profit from the Congress (and often a little more), after prize money, is normally given to a local charity of the Committee’s choice. Last year £400 was donated to Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which has lifeboat stations at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Eyemouth, and Dunbar locally. 

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

 

Berwick Rugby Football Club telephone: 01289 306416

 

Congress results

   

A list of pairs winners is available here.

  A full list of teams winners is available here.
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

 

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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