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 21st April 2024.

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, 21st-22nd April 2024. Entry implies that the team is available to play on these dates.

Current Results

2022/23 results

To enter

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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 2023/24 will be 13th November 2023 at noon



Cup: Cambridge University Bridge Club A Alberto Racca, Lily Kearney (captain), Theo Sinclair & Oscar Selby.

Plate: University College London Bridge Club A Jiezhen Miao, Qianhui (Ivy) Chen, Eugene Lam & Bowan Tam

Bowl Time Table Play By Date Start Time
Round 1 7th February 2024
Quarter Finals 21st March 2024
Semi-Final, 3rd & 4th Place Play Off and Final 20th - 21st April 2024 11:30
Plate Time Table Play By Date
Round 1 3rd March 2024
Semi-Final 28th March 2024
Final 21st April 2024 11:30
Entry Fees
Entry Fees for 2023-24
£82 for the first team and £52 for the second team
The closing date for entries for 2023-24 will be 13th November 2023 at noon

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.