Entry deadline extended to 21st April
The knockout mixed teams-of-four championships of England. Named after the former EBU chairman, Hubert Phillips.
Scoring is by aggregate with honours counting. At no time may an all male or all female team be playing. Matches are played on the full pivot principle such that one plays one-third of the match with each of one’s teammates as a partner.
This is an ideal tournament for new players to the game of duplicate from rubber or chicago bridge.
Seeding has been introduced, so that every team entering is guaranteed at least one match before meeting a seed.
A Plate competition was added to this event in 2012 in order to ensure that all non-seeded teams play at least two matches. There was no change to the entry fee.
Matches are of 30 boards up to and including the quarter-final, except that 24- or 27-board matches may be played in Rounds 1–3 by mutual agreement. The semi-final is 48-boards, and the final is 60-boards.
Teams may contain 4, 5 or 6 players, but only 4 players may play in any given match prior to the semi-final stage.
The draw for the early rounds is 'regionalised' to try to help keep travelling distances small.
Holders - 2016
Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Rob Sheehan and Phil King
11th June 2017
6th August 2017
24th September 2017
12th November 2017
7th January 2018
4th March 2018
£75 per team
Master Points will be awarded in the form of Green Points for each round won as follows (based on an entry of over 64 teams):
All awards quoted are 'per player'. To receive points, a player must have played in at least one third of the boards involved in the match in question. The precise timetable and Green Point awards are subject to change, depending on the number of entries.
Level 4 agreements are permitted in this event.
Some clubs are available for hire by teams wishing to hold a knockout match at a 'halfway venue'. A list of some of these is available here.