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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

Entry can be made by entry form and cheque (send to Carolyn Page, 5 Barracks Road, Fremington, Devon EX31 3FP) or by online form and bank transfer.

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

Day Times Description
Friday 25 February 6pm Residents’ Reception - Join the hosts for a glass of wine
  6.30pm Dinner
  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


The Holders

2021 Online Pairs winners: David Arundel & Andrew Bannock.

2021 Online Swiss Teams winners: Eric Cummings & Ceri Pierce, Alan & Jette Bailey.