Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Schapiro Spring Foursomes!
The Spring Fours is one of the great events in the English calendar. Held in Stratford-upon-Avon, the principal event the Schapiro Trophy has become one of the toughest events in domestic bridge. It is run on double-elimination lines over nine sessions each of 32 boards.
A secondary event, the Punchbowl, is open to teams eliminated before Sunday evening. It has a round-robin qualifier followed by a mini knockout. The Hamilton Cup is a more relaxed event for teams seeking a game on Bank Holiday Monday.
Due to the generous sponsorship arrangement in place for this event, prizes are approximately twice the normal EBU value (e.g. approx £1,600 - £2,000 for the winning team based on the typical size of the original entries). We wish to express our gratitude to Mrs Helen Schapiro in supporting this most prestigious event in this way, and in donating a trophy in the name of her husband, the late, and truly great, Boris Schapiro.
It is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.
During the 2016 event Brian Senior wrote reports on some of the boards from the competition. They are available through the results page.
Schapiro Trophy: Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Bakhshi, David Gold & Mike Bell
Punchbowl: Ankush Khandelwal, Toby Nonnenmacher, Ben Norton & Alex Roberts
Hamilton Cup: Kalin Karaivanov, Sandra Penfold, Brian Senior, Nevena Senior & Rumen Trendafilov
Friday 28th April
Sat - Mon
10.30am and 4.00pm
Tuesday 2nd May
The EBU reserves the right to close entry at 48 teams
£480 per team
Hamilton Cup only
All events are fully Green Pointed. Awards in the main event reflect its prestigious nature.
Level 5 agreements are permitted in all events.
Venue and Tariff
The beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon is the setting for this event and the venue itself is the Crowne Plaza, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR. Telephone: 01789 279988.
This Crowne Plaza hotel was previously part of the Holiday Inn chain, and is the same venue as has been used in previous years
The hotel is located near the town centre and is in a very picturesque riverside setting which adds to the enjoyment of this excellent tournament by providing a lovely area to relax in between sessions.
2017 rates: B&B - £71.50 sharing, £96 single; DBB - £81 sharing, £104 single; Price per person
We understand that rooms at the venue may currently be limited, however we hope that more may be available after 31st March. Bookings can currently be made directly with the hotel. Secondary booking sites (e.g. Expedia) are showing no availabilty on the Saturday night so please book directly (correct as of 10th March 2017).