Gerard Faulkner Salver

The entry deadline for the 2020/21 competition is being extended indefinitely. New closing dates will be announced in due course.

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.

Introduced in 2002, the Seniors Knockout Teams for the Gerard Faulkner Salver has proved to be very popular event.

It is open to teams consisting of four to six players, all of whom are EBU members born in 1958 or earlier.

Teams losing their first round match will then be paired with another losing team from round 1 and the winner of this tie will progress to round 2.

A minimum of four and maximum of eight teams will be seeded including the finalists from the previous year, if known.
Seeds will be exempt from the first round, and will not meet before the quarter-finals. Teams defeating seeds adopt seeded status.

The event is played as a knockout throughout, with matches played privately. Matches prior to the semi-finals will be played over 32 boards, the semi-finals 40 boards, and the final 48 boards. Matches in the early stages will be arranged so as to avoid long journeys wherever possible.

Teams may agree to play matches online if they wish, but this option requires the agreement of both teams. Matches that are played online will be governed by the Supplementary Regulations for Matches Played Online.

Current results

Results of the current competition are available here:
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To enter

Entries for 2019/20 have now closed. The closing date for entries for 2020/21 will be Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu.

You can also call 01296 317203/19, email, or post the above booking form.


Brian Senior (Captain), Norman Selway, Sandra Penfold, Tony Forrester & Paul Hackett


Timetable – 2018/19 competition


12th August 2018


7th October 2018


25th November 2018


27th January 2019


17th March 2019


6th May 2019


23th June 2019


By mutual agreement

Timetable – 2019/20 competition


1st September 2019


27th October 2019


15th December 2019


16th February 2020


extended indefinitely


extended indefinitely


extended indefinitely


by mutual agreement

Entry Fees

£80 per team - 2020/21 competition rates

The entry deadline for the 2020/21 competition is being extended indefinitely. New closing dates will be announced in due course.

Master Points

Master Points will be awarded in the form of Green Points for each round won as follows:

Round I IA II III IV QF SF Final
GPs 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 6

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.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in this event.

Halfway venues

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.

Terms and Conditions