Pachabo Cup

12th – 13th June 2021; Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes (TBC)

Please note: We intend this event to go ahead, whether online or live, and we will allow all counties to enter teams of up to eight players, to give them more flexibility to include the winners of last year’s qualifier if they wish.


Due to the event not taking place last year (2019/20) due to covid, this year (2020/21), we will allow counties to have teams-of-eight, rather than the usual teams-of-four. Entry is open to the 2019/20 holders of the teams-of-four Championship of each County Association of EBU or, if they are unavailable, and subject to the relevant county’s approval, a combination of winners and runners up from 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Please note that all team members must be properly registered and eligible in accordance with the regulations laid down by the County Association. In the absence of such regulations, the latest time at which additional players may be registered is prior to the County final. No team may originally ever have more than six registered players.

The regulations below are designed to widen the possibility of substitutions, where a County finds that the team which won its Championship cannot be fully represented in the Pachabo. These regulations are best expressed in order of preference, as follows:

  1. The County is represented by its champion team, comprising four, five or six players properly registered in accordance with County regulations or, in the absence of such, prior to the County Championship final.
  2. Alternatively, additional players from the runners-up team may be added to the champion team subject to the approval of the relevant County Association so as to make a new team of four, five or six players to participate in the Pachabo.
  3. Failing that, the County may be represented by its runners-up team, comprising four, five or six players registered as above.
  4. Please note that new/additional players may not be introduced after the County final has taken place, except as may be provided for above.
  5. County Associations may stipulate an earlier time by which eligible players must declare their availability to the County Association for the Pachabo final.

New scoring method from 2015

The Pachabo Cup has for many years, uniquely in this country, been scored by a combination of Point a Board and ‘Aggregate Quotient’. The scoring method was modified in 2015. The hybrid scoring principle remains in this new scoring method, but has been adapted so that it is more 'transparent', allowing for a better consideration of the tactics needed, and making it easier for those who wish to calculate their own score.

The new scoring format is explained in this document.

If you have any questions about the new scoring method please contact Robin Barker – robin@ebu.co.uk, 01296 317223.

To enter

Due to the event not taking place last year (2019/20) due to covid, this year (2020/21), we will allow counties to have teams-of-eight, rather than the usual teams-of-four. Entry is open to the 2019/20 holders of the teams-of-four Championship of each County Association of EBU or, if they are unavailable, and subject to the relevant county’s approval, a combination of winners and runners up from 2019/20 and 2020/21.

County Secretaries will be provided with an entry form by EBU staff at a suitable time ahead of the event.

Congress Prices

The prices for our online congresses and competitions are significantly lower than they would have been face to face (about 20% less), but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium. Players are also saving a significant amount of money in travel and accommodation costs.

We have been working hard to keep bridge going since last March, but with no end to the pandemic expected soon, we also need to work hard to keep the EBU going. Despite taking advantage of all government support that has been available, making a number of staff redundant and cutting costs everywhere we can, we are still using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme coming to an end this will only get worse.

Competitions are one way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival and we will be following this pricing strategy for all our online congresses and major competitions.

Holders

2019
Manchester: John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Newman and Michael Byrne

THis event did not take place in 2020 due to covid.

Timetable

Saturday : 11.30am to 8.45pm finish approx

Sunday 10.45am to 5.00pm approx - finish time will depend upon overall numbers

Entry Fees

Please note reduction in entry fees due to prize money being discontinued. Winners will be awarded medals as in the Tollemache trophy

TBC

Closing date for entries is entry is 28th May 2021

Master Points

Green Points to the top half of the field.

Agreements

Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.

Venue and Tariff

2021 Venue Details

It is hoped that this event will take place face-to-face. If so, the event will be held at:
Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes

In order to register your interest to take advantage of the following rates visit Arena Travel.

Rates for 2021

2 days from £72pp

Terms and Conditions