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Blue Point Bridge Holidays

WE ARE pleased to be offering five EBU Blue Point Bridge Blue Points

Holiday events in 2014. This is in response to the demand from

members for a more social and friendly play environment with Blue Points were introduced by the EBU at the start of 2013, for

national ranking point awards. The national Green Point those members who don’t go to the larger EBU events where Green

tournaments are serious bridge events which can be a little intim- Points are awarded, to help them get on the master-point ladder and

idating at first. We hope that these Blue Point holidays can either start progressing through the master-point ranks. The way they

be a stepping stone towards those competitions or simply a fun work is that they have the same value as Local Points and Green

bridge holiday. As such, they are not intended for seasoned bridge Points, but they can be used in place of Green Points for ranks that

congress-goers: they are aimed primarily at those who are below require them, in the ratio of 3 Blue Points = 1 Green Point, up to a

a Jack in the NGS and below the rank of Regional Master – but maximum of 50 Green Points. For example, you would be able to

these are just guidelines, not absolute limits. There is no lower reach Premier Regional Master rank entirely with Blue Points, or

limit but you will need to be comfortable with your ability to play with a combination of Blues and Greens, but will require some

at a respectable pace and without referring to notes. If you are Greens as well as Blues for higher ranks.

unsure, do not hesitate to contact us for more guidance. These EBU Blue Point Bridge Holidays are the only bridge

Bridge Overseas has been assisting the EBU with venue selection holidays that will be able to issue Blue Points.

and accommodation successfully for some time, and will be the

booking agents for these holidays. You will be able to use the Bridge Programme & Venues

Accommodation Booking Service (ABS) already in place. A free

phone number (0800 0346 246) is available and you will be able There will be seven sessions of duplicate bridge starting on the first

to discuss your bookings with advisers who have been to the evening after your welcome drink and evening meal. Bridge will be

hotels in question and will help you with your travel require- played each morning and evening leaving the afternoon free to

ments. The locations on offer also boast golf, spa and bowling, as enjoy the hotel’s facilities or the local area. Afternoon seminars will

well as interesting local excursions. The bridge will be directed by be offered and details of these will be available nearer the time.

Tournament Directors approved by the EBU. Our venues (illustrated) are:

All bridge fees are included in the total price of the holiday, but (1) Redworth Hall Hotel & Spa, County Durham,

you must be a member of the EBU. You may join the EBU in order 17 March 2014

to book one of these holidays, either by joining an affiliated bridge (2) Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa, Kent, 19 May 2014

club, or on payment of the direct annual membership fee of £26. (3) Albrighton Hall & Spa, Shrewsbury, 7 July 2014

(4) Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, Clayton-le-Moors,

Lancashire, 1 September 2014

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(5) Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel, Hellidon,

Northants, 3 November 2014.

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