North Devon Congress
The very successful North Devon Congress is run by the North Section and is an open Congress held annually in Barnstaple, usually in late February or early March.
This event counts towards the Kevin and Ann Slee Trophy (Victor Ludorum).
Players must be members of the EBU.
Note: We hope the congress can run as normal in February. If we need to cancel all payments will be fully refunded. If we need to reduce the number of tables and/or residents to allow social distancing, bookings will be accepted in the order received and prizes will be reduced significantly. In the case of cancellation of a Face to Face congress we hope to run Online Events as in 2021.
North Devon Congress 2022
Friday 25 February to Sunday 27 February at the Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Rd, Barnstaple EX31 1LE.
This congress features a ten match Swiss Pairs on Friday and Saturday followed by a seven-match blue pointed Swiss Teams on Sunday.
The Hotel and Surroundings
The Barnstaple Hotel, home of the popular North Devon Congress since 2003, is just a short stroll from the centre of Barnstaple, yet only ten minutes from the beautiful North Devon coast.
The hotel offers all the facilities you need for a short break including heated indoor pool and sauna, fitness room and solarium. We highly recommend the Sunday night DBB available after the congress.
There is ample free parking for residents and non-residents.
How to Enter
The entry fees for 2022 are (per player): £185 pppn - DBB for the full weekend sharing a room (£225 single occupancy), £28 for the Swiss Pairs only, £24 for the Swiss Teams only.
The entry fee includes sandwiches with tea or coffee on Saturday and on Sunday.
Prize Money (2022)
The Swiss Pairs first prize is £140 and the Swiss Teams first prize is £200. There are also placing, non-experts, residential, local and risers prizes as well as wine prizes for each round of both events. The committee reserve the right to change the format or value of prizes.
The 2022 Programme
|Friday 25 February||6pm||Residents’ Reception - Join the hosts for a glass of wine|
|8pm||Swiss Pairs (3 x 7-board matches)|
|Saturday 26 February||11.30am||Swiss Pairs (3 x 7-board matches)|
|2.15pm||Break for complimentary sandwiches & coffee|
|2.45pm||Swiss Pairs (4 x 7-board matches)|
|7.30pm||Dinner followed by a Quiz in the bar|
|Sunday 27 February||11am||Swiss Teams (3 x 8-board matches)|
|2.15pm||Break for complimentary sandwiches & coffee
followed by presentation of Pairs prizes
|3pm||Swiss Teams (3 x 8-board matches)|
|6pm||Presentation of Teams prizes|
2021 Online Pairs winners: David Arundel & Andrew Bannock.
2021 Online Swiss Teams winners: Eric Cummings & Ceri Pierce, Alan & Jette Bailey.