• Format

The 1st European Winter Transnational Championships (WTC) will be hosted at Palais des Sports et des Congrès, 70 avenue de Brandes, 38750 l’Alpe d’Huez - France.

    • WTC. Will be a 7-day event, conducted under the auspices of the European Bridge League (EBL). Unless stated otherwise in these Regulations, the WTC shall be governed by the EBL General Conditions of Contest (GCoC).
    • Les Etincelles BAM Trophy. A 4/5-day Side Open Team event.

Both events will be transnational and there will be no restriction on the number of entries per NBO. Apart from the prizes, EBL Masterpoints will be awarded for both events.

 • Prize List


  • EBL Gold, Silver and Bronze  Medals will be awarded.
  • Title of European Champion for the winner of the event.
  • EBL Masterpoints


  • EBL Masterpoints

Cash Prizes
Final A

  • Winner: 6.000 Euros
  • Second: 4.000 Euros
  • Third: 2.800 Euros
  • Fourth: 2.000 Euros
  • Fifth: 1.600 Euros

Final B

  • Winner: 1.600 Euros
  • Second: 1.200 Euros
  • Third: 800 Euros


 • Programme

Date Event
Monday April 15 WTC (Swiss Qualification Rounds 1-4)
Tuesday April 16 WTC (Swiss Qualification Rounds 5-8)
Wednesday April 17 WTC (Swiss Qualification Rounds 9-12)
Thursday April 18 WTC (Round of 16)
Les Etincelles BAM Trophy (BAM Qualification)
Friday April 19 WTC (Quarterfinals)
Les Etincelles BAM Trophy (BAM Qualification - provisional)
Saturday April 20 WTC (Semifinals)
Les Etincelles BAM Trophy (BAM Semifinals A & B - provisional)
Sunday April 21 WTC (Final)
Les Etincelles BAM Trophy (Final A & B)

 • Schedule of Play

The competition will commence on Monday, April 15th, at 10:00 AM. Over the initial three days, participants will engage in 12 rounds of the Swiss system, each round consisting of 12 boards. The daily schedule is as follows:
Match 1: 10:00 – 11:45 AM
Match 2: 12:00 – 1:45 PM
Lunch Break
Match 3: 2:45 – 4:30 PM
Match 4: 4:45 – 6:30 PM 

 The top 16 teams will progress to the playoffs. All playoff matches will comprise 56 boards, divided into four segments of 14 boards each. The daily schedule for the playoffs (excluding the final day) is:
Segment 1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Segment 2: 12:15 – 2:15 PM
Lunch Break
Segment 3: 3:15 – 5:15 PM
Segment 4: 5:30 – 7:30 PM 

 The final day (Sunday, April 21st) will have a modified schedule to accommodate the prize-giving ceremony at 6:15 PM:
Segment 1: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Segment 2: 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Lunch Break
Segment 3: 1:45 – 3:45 PM
Segment 4: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Prize Giving: 6:15 PM 

 Les Étincelles BAM Trophy Schedule: 

The competition will begin on Thursday, April 18th, at 10:00 AM. The specific format will be determined based on the number of entries and announced prior to the event. 

 Reminder: Teams not participating in the EWTC are eligible to enter the BAM Trophy. 

 The final day of the BAM Trophy (Sunday, April 21st) is set to conclude at 4:15 PM, followed by the prize-giving ceremony at 4:30 PM.

 • Conditions of Contest

 • Entries - Registration

Entries to the events should be submitted electronically only via the EBL Website (not by email) latest two days prior to the starting date of the respective event. Later entries will be accepted only if technically convenient.

Bridge players from all WBF zones are entitled to participate in the Championships provided they are members in good standing of a National Bridge Organization (NBO).

To be eligible for participation in the European Winter Games a player must comply with the EBL Rules & Regulations and the EBL Eligibility Code under the control of the EBL Credentials Committee.

Entries received will be automatically forwarded to the NBO of each proposed player, and are subject to their NBO’s approval. Cancelations for reasons of force majeur shall be made at the earliest opportunity and the entry fee will be refunded. “No Shows” without valid reasons are subject to sanctions at the discretion of the EBL. Withdrawals of accepted entries are subject to the same deadline.

 • Entry Fees

Entry fees are to be paid by bank transfer only, to:

Credit Suisse AG
Rue de Lion d'Or 5-7
CH-1002 Lausanne-Switzerland
Account: EBL Winter Transnationals
IBAN: CH07 0483 5135 2558 8200 3

Event Entry fees

WTC + Les Etincelles BAM Trophy (per player) € 400
 For Amateur Teams Only (if the team consists only of players without European
(EM, EGM) or World (WM, WIM, WGM) titles): 
WTC + Les Etincelles BAM Trophy (per player)
€ 100 

European Bridge League
Maison du Sport International, 54 av. de Rhodanie, 1007 Lausanne – Switzerland

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