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 addition 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 19th April 2020. 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, 18th – 19th April 2020. Entry implies that the team is available to play on these dates.

Current Results

2018/19 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 nick@ebu.co.uk, charlie@ebu.co.uk, or by calling 01296 317203. The closing date for entries for 2019/20 is the end of October 2019.


2019 Durham A: Charles Bucknell, Dominic Price, Edmund Lea & Euan Sarson

Round Play by
Round I 22nd December 2019
Round II (Round I PBP) 26th January 2020
Quarter Finals (Round II PBP) extended indefinitely
Round III PBP extended indefinitely
Semi Finals and Final & 3rd/4th play-off extended indefinitely
Entry Fees
Note pricing for 2019/20 may be subject to change.
£49 for one team, £74 for two teams.
Entries for 2019/2020 should be made by the end of October if possible, but will be accepted until Monday 11th 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.