Hubert Phillips Bowl

The Hubert Philips Bowl and Plate is by default a face-to-face competition but captains can agree to play matches online.

Please refer to the Online Match Regulations for matches agreed to be played online. If you are concerned about security, you can always use Skype or equivalent, so that each player has a video connection to one of their opponents at the table.


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.

Eight teams are seeded, and every non-seeded team is guaranteed at least one match before meeting a seed. There is a Plate competition at no extra cost, so 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 single match prior to the semi-final stage.

The draw for the early rounds is regionalised to try to help keep travelling distances small.


Current results

Results of the ongoing competitions are available here: 2022/23 Bowl, 2022/23 Plate

To enter

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, email

Entries are now closed for the 2022/23 event.



Bowl - Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Graham Osborne, Jon Cooke, Tony Forrester & Chris Jagger

Plate- Paul Hackett, Barbara Hackett, Jason Hackett, Martin Taylor

Round Play by
I 18th July 2022
II 28th September 2022
III 23rd November 2022
Quarter-Final 25th January 2023
Semi-final 20th March 2023
Final By mutual agreement
I 28th September 2022
II 23rd November 2022
QF 25th January 2023
SF 20th March 2023
F By mutual agreement

The final will be arranged by mutual agreement between the finalists.

Entry Fees
The entry fee for 2022/23 is £80 per team
Entries close on Monday 30th May at midday.

Master Points

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): MP awards for Bowl

Round I II III IV QF SF Final
GPs 2 2 3 3 4 6 8

MP awards for Plate

Round I II III QF SF Final
GPs 1 1 1.5 2 3 4

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.

Previous Winners

Event history

2022 Bowl results, 2022 Plate results

2020 Bowl results, 2020 Plate results

2019 Bowl results 2019 Plate results

2018 Bowl results 2018 Plate results

2017 Bowl results 2017 Plate results

2016 Bowl results 2016 Plate results

2015 Bowl results 2015 Plate results

2014 Bowl results 2014 Plate results

2013 Bowl results 2013 Plate results

2012 results

2011 results

2010 results

2009 results

2008 results

2007 results


Find a partner/team mates

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this competition, please email