National Handicap Pairs Championship

4th September 2022, various locations, whether live or online

The National Handicap Pairs Championship is a new event that will take place at heats organised by host bridge clubs either in the clubhouse or online. Uniquely among national EBU events the results are based on scores handicapped by NGS grade, so anyone has the opportunity to do well on the day, regardless of their experience level. We are delighted that last year's event proved this to be the case when it was won by a pair whose NGS are 6 &7.

Format

The competition will be played as a single extended session, about 30 boards, scored by match-points (the normal pairs scoring method) across all participating venues in the country.

The time of the event will be determined by the host venue providing the start time is no earlier than 11am and no later than 2pm. Please see below for starting times for each venue.

Handicaps will be based on the average NGS of the two players in each pair, so all players will need to have their NGS visible. To do well you simply have to play better than expected based on your NGS - anyone can win this event just by having a sufficiently good day!

Information for Clubs and other Venues

The event is open to all EBU-affiliated clubs (and counties), which will be responsible for most aspects of the heat, including taking entries, running the game and submitting the scores. The entry fee is determined by each host club - £3.00 per player is remitted to the EBU and the rest is retained by club, so those taking part are supporting their local club as well as playing in a national competition.

Details of the clubs which are hosting heats will be available below.

Handicapped Scoring Information

The results from the heats are combined and matchpointed across-the-field, as if it were a Simultaneous Pairs event – and the combined scores appear on the EBU Sims webpage.

The handicap for each pair is their average of the two players’ NGS grades.  The NGS grades are the grades before the event.  The handicap is relative to 50%, so can be positive or negative.

The handicapped score is calculated by subtracting the handicap from the score from the combined results.

Handicapped-Score = Score – ((NGS_1 + NGS_2)/2 – 50)

To enter

Please enter directly with the host club. The contact details and/or the process for making an entry for each venue will be listed below.

Holders

2021

Rosanne Spurrier & Kathryn Evans - CICBA (Guernsey)

Closing date for entries is at club discretion

Master Points

Blue Points will be awarded to the top 1/3 of the overall field at National rate and prizes will be awarded based on the overall handicapped ranking list. NGS grading for this event will be based on the underlying local results.

Agreements

Level 4 agreements are permitted in this event.

2022 Venues

Details of the clubs which are hosting heats will be posted here when confirmed.

Adam Wiseberg Bridge Club - ​RealBridge, starting at 2pm. Entry fee £6 per player. ​Entry form

Cambridge Bridge Club - Face-to-Face at Townley Memorial Hall, Fulbourn Centre CB21 5BS. Starting at 2pm and end at around 6.30pm. Entry fee £8 per person (includes tea/coffee and a delicious slice of homemade cake), open to all. Entry form, entries close midnight on Thursday 1st Sept.

Cheltenham Bridge Club - Face-to-Face, starting at 2pm. Entry fee £7.00. Pre-booking required via Cheltenham Bridge Club website. The club will also be taking advanced orders for food and drink during the break. This heat will be restricted to the first 120 players who apply. Event open to non-members of Cheltenham Bridge Club.

CICBA Guernsey - Face-to-Face, starting at 11am at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre. There will be a break for refreshments at 12:30ish. Finish will be about 15:00hrs. Entry fee £8. Please enter via email to martin.j@cwgsy.net or lizandtodder@cwgsy.net

The Lymington Club Ltd - RealBridge, join by 1.30pm for 1.45pm start. Entry fee £5 per person. Enter via the The Lymington Club Ltd website.

Mid Essex Bridge Club - Face-to-Face, starting at 2pm, details to follow.

Patcham Bridge Club - on BBO starting 2pm. Entry fee $6BBO per person. Please submit your entries to patchambridgeclub@gmail.com

Richmond Bridge Club - Face-to-face starting at 13:30 at a cost of £10 for members and visitors with a break halfway through the event for a free coffee/tea and homemade cake. Entry form.

Scunthorpe Bridge Club - details to follow.

Somerset - on RealBridge, starting at 1pm. Entry fee £10 per pair. Enter via the Somerset County website.

Suffolk - online, details to follow. (for Members of Suffolk CBA)

Surrey - on BBO. Entry fee $5 per player and payment is on registration on the day.

Wimbledon Bridge Club - Face-to-Face, starting at 1pm. Entry fee £10.00 per person, for both members and visitors. Enter online via Wimbledon Bridge Club.

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club - Face-to-Face, starting at 2pm. Entry fee £5 per player. Entries by email to Steve Renold (steverenold@hotmail.com) or Allan McRitchie (allan_mcritchie@hotmail.com)

Worthing Bridge Club - Face-to-Face at Worthing Bridge Club on Byron Road, Worthing, W Sussex BN11 3HN. Starting at 1pm. Entry fee £5 per player, including a short break for refreshments with cake. Non-members should email nigelutting1@gmail.com to enter.