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National Pairs Heat


From 2016, a regional Final (not exclusive to Essex Players) will be held at Barleylands as below.

This is a two session Pairs event held at various venues simultaneously. The event will be match pointed over the entire field via the internet. The starting times at all venues will be 13.00pm and 2 sessions of 24 boards will be played with a break between sessions. The second session will start at approximately 5.30pm. This is the first time that the EBU have run this event in Essex and we would ask interested tournament players to support Bernie Hunt in this new venture. Previously, after the local heat, players had to travel to Peterborough or Leatherhead to compete in the regional heat.

Click the header above for the EBU website page or see your EBU diary for full details.


Date: Sunday 18th March 2018; Venue: Barleylands;  Start time: 13:00 (- 20:30)

NOTE that as this is now an EBU competition, entry is via the EBU (members area / book events), not via the ECBA. 

Trophies will still be awarded to the Essex pair progressing furthest through the competition.

2017 Regional & National Finals

32 pairs contested the Billericay half of the Eastern Regional final held at Barleylands. When rolled-up with Stamford, Robert Elliott & Peter Oake came 5th (of 52).

These Regional finals are rolled up nationally and the top 50 qualify for the National Final in April. Congratulations to Robert Elliott & Peter Oake, Sandy & Martin Smith, John Sutcliffe & Richard Register and Ashley Nicklin & Fran Alexander for qualifying for the finals in 17th, 26th, 42nd and 48th place, respectively (of 212 pairs). 

In the National Final, Richard Register & John Sutcliffe came a creditable 23rd and consequently won the cups for 2017. 

2016 Regional Final

28 pairs contested the new-format Billericay half of the Eastern Regional final held at Barleylands. When rolled-up with Peterborough, Val & Paul Mollison came 5th and Richard Register & John Sutcliffe 6th (of 51 pairs). 

These Regional finals are rolled up nationally and the top 50 qualify for the National Final in April. Congratulations to Val, Paul, Richard & John for making it to the finals in 25th and 33rd place, respectively (of 244 pairs). 

National Pairs - History


Click on the year for the session results. Note that the winners of the trophy don't always equate to the winners of the heat. The further progress of Essex players can be found by following the link to the EBU website from the box atthe top of this page.

2017 Richard Register & John Sutcliffe
2016 Richard Register & John Sutcliffe
2015 Paul Mollison & Bernie Hunt
2014 Richard Register & John Sutcliffe
2013 Sandy Riach & Jacek Lapszys
2012 Graham Foster & Richard Register
2011 Margaret Curtis & David Sherman