The following arrangements have been announced in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. No match will be awarded against a team that feels that playing it would be contrary to social distancing recommendations (whether or not anyone involved is actually ill, self-isolating or in a high-risk category). This applies whether or not opponents were still prepared to play on an agreed date.
2. All play-by dates are being extended. When social distancing recommendations are relaxed sufficiently to enable face to face bridge to resume, new deadlines will be announced. These will give captains approximately four weeks from then to arrange matches for the current round, but with more generous than usual provisions for extensions. Subsequent rounds will have play-by dates on a slightly tighter timetable than usual to allow some catching up, but again with more generous than usual provisions for extensions.
3. Do please play online if you can. It is accepted that this is not for everyone, although it seems probable that there will be quite a lot of players playing online in the current situation who have not done so previously. Please refer to the Online Match Regulations for further information. If you are concerned about security, you can always use Skype or equivalent, so that each player has a video connection to one of his opponents at the table.
4. A decision will be made at a later date as to whether there is time for the two remaining knockout rounds in both Crockfords Cup and Crockfords Plate to be completed in time for the scheduled 8-team finals on 5-6 September, or whether the finals weekend will have to be re-scheduled.
The English open teams-of-four championship.
This is England's premier teams championship. It consists of knock-out matches in the early stages, played privately, qualifying eight teams to contest an all-play-all final.
The competition is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.
The Crockford's Plate competition is open to all unseeded teams who are defeated in their first match of the main event, be this in round 1, or in round 2 following a bye. The last 8 from the Crockfords Plate will play alongside the main final (same dates, venue and format).
Cup - Tony Forrester, Ed Jones, Graham Osborne and Tom Paske (Alexander Allfrey (captain) and Andrew Robson played in earlier rounds)
Plate - Simon Cope (captain), Maruša Gold, Diana Nettleton and Marion Robertson
2019/20 Cup Timetable
To be completed by
8th December 2019
1st March 2020
10th May 2020
16th August 2020
2019/20 Plate Timetable
8th March 2020
17th May 2020
16th August 2020
2019/20 Finals Timetable
1:00pm - 2:00pm
2:10pm - 3:10pm
3:20pm - 4:20pm
4:30pm - 5:30pm
5:40pm - 6:40pm
8:05pm - 9:05pm
9:15pm - 10:15pm
10:25pm - 11:25pm
10:30am - 11:30am
11:40am - 12:40pm
1:15pm - 2:15pm
2:25pm - 3:25pm
3:35pm - 4:35pm
4:45pm - 5:45pm
Results and presentation of trophy by 6:00pm
The entry fee for 2020/21 will be announced in due course.
This is a Green Point event, with the following awards.
Final: 1 Green Point per match won (0.5 for a draw) plus ranking points to the top four teams: 1st 24; 2nd 12; 3rd 7; 4th 3.
|GPs||1||1.5||2||50% of awards for Cup|
Level 5 agreements are permitted in this event.
Venue and Tariff
2020 Final Information
Hilton Warwick/Stratford , Stratford Road, Warwick, CV34 6RE (just off M40 J15)
In order to take advantage of exclusive rates book via the EBU Accommodation Booking Service and call Bridge Overseas Freephone on: 0800 0346 246
2020 hotel rates
Double room for sole occupancy
A number of rooms are reserved for booking at this negotiated rate for a limited period of time. Any unbooked rooms are usually released for booking by the general public a few weeks before the event. Thereafter rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. Likewise if all allocated rooms are booked then rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. To ensure rooms are available at the negotiated rate please book as early as possible.
Some clubs are available for hire by teams wishing to hold a knockout match at a 'halfway venue'. A list of those known to us is available here.