The 11th European Youth Pairs Championships will be held at the Vingsted Hotel, in Vejle, Denmark, on 1-6 July 2012. The chapionships comprise competitons for young players, up to 25 years old.
The European Youth Pairs Championships were launched in 1991 in Fiesch, Switzerland. Open to all EBL member countries, the competition was designed to be a massive event, addressing all levels of players except the very weak ones. Transnational combinations were allowed. The tournament was played in four sessions, all with the barometer system (whereby running results are instantly available). The EBL kept its sole auspices of the Championship also at the 2nd edition, held in Oberreifenberg, Germany, two years later.
In 1995, the EBL joined forces with the WBF and the 3rd edition was organized as World Youth Pairs competition, incorporating the corresponding European event. Now open to all WBF member countries, the event continued as such for over a decade. In 2006, a separate Schools series was added for the first time - also for transnational pairs. In all these years, the World Youth Pair Championships were conveniently held in conjunction with the World Junior Camp on consecutive dates and at the same or nearby places.
As from the 9th edition of the competition, held in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2008, the European Youth Pairs Championships have been disassociated from the corresponding world competition and again restricted to European players only. At the same time, a new series was added, for female young players, the 'Girls'. The format of the tournament was also changed, hereafter allowing national pairs only. Depending on the number of participants, the various series are played throughout or in separate stages (qualifying, semifinal, final), with barometer scoring applying to the final stage.
This year, a new series is to be added, the Junior Mixed Pairs.
• For a complete list of the previous events, their venues and winners, click here.