The Championships will be played in three series - for 'Under 26' open, 'Under 26' girls and 'Under 21' players. All three series are for National Pairs only (i.e. both players must come from the same NBO; transnational pairs are not permitted).
In all three series, the Qualifying rounds will consist of 6x10 board-sessions (2 boards per table, using a Mitchell movement).
At the end of the qualifying rounds, in all series, the leading 50% of the field will qualify to the semifinal A and the remaining 50% to the semifinal B. Both semifinals will consist of 6x10 board-sessions (2 boards per table, using a Mitchell movement).
At the end of the semifinals, the highest-ranked pairs from semifinal A (25 in the 'Under 26' open and 16 in the 'Under 26' girls & 'Under 21') and the highest ranked pairs from the semifinal B (5 in the 'Under 26' open and 4 in the 'Under 26' girls & 'Under 21') will qualify for the final A; the remaining pairs will play in the final B.
In all series, final A will be played using the barometer system (58 boards - two per table - in 'Under 26' open and 57 - three per table - in 'Under 26' girls & 'Under 21'); in the final B, 30 boards (3x10 board sessions) will be played using a Mitchell movement.
In final A, screens will be used.
• Right of Entry
The Championships are open to bridge players (registered members of EBL NBOs), in good standing with their Federation and born:
Each member NBO, being up to date with the payment of its dues (including the 2008 dues) to the EBL is authorized to enter pairs. Countries must have paid the entry fee and be up to date with the payment of the dues to the EBL before they can participate in the Championships.
In any case participants must be nominated by their NBO and all such nominations are subject to authorization by the EBL Credentials Committee.
The EBL supports a dress code at its Championships. NBOs are required to provide their players with appropriate uniforms carrying a badge or emblem which identifies the country represented.
In addition, everyone entering the playing rooms is obliged to wear the official identification badge provided by the organization. In case of loss, the organization will provide a duplicate badge at a cost of €5,00.