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.
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.
Bowl - Sally Brock, Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Barry Myers & Rob Sheehan
Plate - Harry Anoyrkatis, Sally Anoyrkatis, Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis
7th July 2019
15th September 2019
3rd November 2019
12th January 2020
1st March 2020
19th March 2020
By mutual agreement
22nd September 2019
10th November 2019
19th January 2020
8th March 2020
26th April 2020
By mutual agreement
The entry fee for 2020/21 TBA per team
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
MP awards for Plate
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.
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.