Masters Pairs

27th February 2022

 

The Masters Pairs is a national competition hosted in club heats to compete for the Ann Staveley trophy. it is aimed at players with fewer Masterpoints. Please note format changed in 2019 - the heats are hosted by individual clubs, rather than run by the EBU. This means cheaper prices, a chance to support your local club, and hopefully more participants.

Venues

The Masters Pairs will take place as two-session event heats organised by host bridge clubs. These clubs are 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 - a part of this is remitted to the EBU and the rest is retained by club, so by taking part you are supporting your local club. If your club wishes to host a heat please contact comps@ebu.co.uk for information.

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

Rankings

This event is open to players below the rank of Regional Master. This includes: Local Masters, Club Masters, Area Masters, District Masters, County Masters, Masters, Advanced Masters, Star Masters, Tournament Masters or Premier Masters. Players above this rank should enter the Ranked Masters Pairs. Your ranking is taken as of 1st January 2021, and will include any Master Points which have been earned prior to that date, but not yet registered.

We may reserve the right to restrict entry only to those members with less than 25 Green Points in instances where the member in question has not yet accumulated enough Master Points in total to reach the level of Regional Master or higher.

Format

The competition is played as a 2-session, 1-day event scored by match-points simultaneously across several centres. The start and finish time will be dependent on the host venue. Please see below for information.

Stratification

In a recent change, stratification will be based on NGS grades (the average of the individual grades for both members of each pair). Details will not be announced in advance, but will be determined once the strength of the field is known, and arranged so that approximately 50% of the National field qualifies for the B stratification and 25% for the C stratification. No players with hidden NGS will be able to be in the B or C strat group.

To enter

Please enter directly with the host club. The contact details and/or the process for making an entry for each venue is listed below. Free entry for landmark promotion: Players who receive a landmark promotion to the rank of Master qualify for a free entry for the Masters Pairs or Ranked Master Pairs. They can play with any partner of their choice and will therefore play at the level of the highest player in the partnership. This would mean that in order to play in the Masters Pairs both players need to be a Premier Master or below. The free entry can be claimed for the competition immediately following notification of their promotion, or deferred for one year (i.e. those notified in April 2019 can reclaim their free entry in the event in spring 2020 or spring 2021). In order to claim your free entry: enter with the host club as normal, and then contact the EBU to notify us that you will be taking part - comps@ebu.co.uk or 01296 317203. Assuming you are entitled to a free entry, the cost of your entry will be refunded to your EBU account following the event. This can then be withdrawn or used to enter another competition. Please note that the refunds will be done through a manual process so is therefore dependent on you making us aware that you believe you are eligible, and that you have taken part in the competition.

Holders

2021 Amanda Bowden & Michael Bowden

Timetable
Day Times
Sunday 27th February The start time will be between 10.30am and 1pm, chosen by the host venue.

Each session will be around 24 boards (the movement used will depend on the number of entrants), with a break between sessions.

Entry Fees
The entry fee will be determined by the host club - see below for specific prices for each venue
Members who have attained a landmark promotion to the rank of Master are entitled to free entry in the Masters Pairs. See above

Please make entries directly to the host club

Master Points

Green Points are awarded throughout, both for session results and for final ranking. Session awards go to the top 1/4 of the overall field based on the session scores alone. In addition, ranking points go to the top 1/2 of the overall field based on the two-session total score. Session awards and final ranking awards are cumulative. The results will be stratified - see above.

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. If your club wishes to host a heat please contact comps@ebu.co.uk for information.

 

Previous Results

2021 results

2020 results

2019 results

2018 results

2017 results

2016 results

2015 results

2014 results

2013 results

2012 results

2011 results

2010 results

2009 results

2008 results

2007 results

The Masters Pairs for the Anne Staveley Trophy - a history

Find a partner/team mates

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please email comps@ebu.co.uk