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.

The knockout mixed teams-of-four championships of England is named after the former EBU chairman, Hubert Phillips, whose initiatives in the first part of the 1930s were instrumental in the creation of the EBU, of which he was the first Chairman, as well as being a figure of national significance outside bridge.

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

By entering an EBU congress or event you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set out in the Terms and Conditions document.

Entries for the 2023/24 event are now closed

Holders

2022/23

Bowl - Mike Bell, Sarah Bell, Ollie Burgess, Tim Leslie & Ben Norton

Plate- Croz Croswell, Aleksandar Lishkov, Sara Moran, Helen Rose, Henry Rose & James Thrower

Timetable
Timetable 2023/24
Bowl
Round Play by Date
1 16th July 2023
2 27th September 2023
3 22nd November 2023
Quarter-Final 24th January 2024
Semi-Final 18th March 2024
Final By mutual agreement
Plate
Round Play by Date
1 27th September 2023
2 22nd November 2023
Quarter-Final 24th January 2024
Semi-Final 18th March 2024
Final By mutual agreement

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

Entry Fees
The entry fee for 2023/24 is £86 per team
Entries are now closed for the 2023/24 event

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.

Agreements

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.

Downloads

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 comps@ebu.co.uk.