Portland Bowl

A teams-of-four knock-out competition played by British Universities and Higher Education Institutions for which Green Points are awarded. The English Bridge Union administers this tournament on behalf of the world famous Portland Club in London. All players must be registered as full time students with the University or College they are to represent. Each institution may enter one or two teams. Collegiate institutions may enter at University or College level. Teams from the same institution will not be drawn against each other in the first round of the competition, nor before the quarter-finals unless the only alternative would cause unnecessary travelling for one or more teams. In order to reduce travelling, there is the option to play matches online if both teams agree. This year notes the continuation of the Portland Bowl Plate. This competition is open to teams who lose their first match in the competition, and is intended to provide newer players with more chances of playing knockout teams bridge and more opportunities to play against players of their own level. The Portland Bowl Plate finals will also take place in the Portland Club, who have generously agreed to host it. The final will take place on the 16th April 2022. Entry to Portland Bowl Plate is on an opt-in basis. The Portland Bowl semi-finals, final & 3rd/4th play-off will be played on consecutive days at the Portland Club, 16th – 17th April 2022. Entry implies that the team is available to play on these dates.

Current Results

2021/22 results

To enter

Universities on our mailing list will be contacted at the start of term, though any university team can submit an entry by email to comps@ebu.co.uk or by calling 01296 317203. The closing date for entries for 2021/22 will be November 15th 2021 at noon.


2020 Cup: Oxford A: Ewa Wieczorek, Sam Anoyrkatis, Yining Yang, Lawrence Wang

Plate: Cambridge A: (C) Nathan Galpin, Jack Lawrence, Dominic Cooke, William Clennell

Round Play by
Round I 22nd December 2021
Round II (Round I PBP) 26th January 2022
Quarter Finals (Round II PBP) 13th March 2022
Round III PBP 3rd April 2022
Semi Finals and Final & 3rd/4th play-off 23rd - 24th April 2022
Entry Fees
Entry Fees for 2021 -2022
£45 for one team, £68 for two teams.
Entries for 2021/22 should be made by the end of October if possible, but will be accepted until Monday 15th November.

Master Points

Round I II Quarter-final Semi-final 3rd/4th play-off Final
GPs 0.75 0.75 1.0 1.50 0.75 2

Masterpoints for the Portland Bowl Plate will be 50% of the equivalent round of the Portland Bowl.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in this event.