Schapiro Spring Foursomes

28th April – 2nd May 2023, venue TBC

Welcome to the Schapiro Spring Foursomes!

The Spring Fours is one of the great events in the English calendar. The principal event the Schapiro Trophy has become one of the toughest events in domestic bridge. It is run on double-elimination lines over nine sessions each of 32 boards. A secondary event, the Punchbowl, will be open to teams eliminated before Saturday evening. It has a round-robin qualifier followed by a mini knockout. The Hamilton Cup is a more relaxed event for teams seeking a game on Monday (bank holiday in England).

Due to the generous sponsorship arrangement in place for this event, prizes are approximately twice the normal EBU value (e.g. approx £1,600 - £2,000 for the winning team based on the typical size of the original entries). We wish to express our gratitude to Mrs Helen Schapiro in supporting this most prestigious event in this way, and in donating a trophy in the name of her husband, the late, and truly great, Boris Schapiro. It is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

To enter

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu. You can also call 01296 317203 or email Late entries will only be accepted if they assist the schedule.

Congress Prices

The prices for our face-to-face congresses and competitions remain about the same as they were before the pandemic started, which reflects the fact that major green-pointed events always attract a premium.

We have worked hard to keep bridge going since the start of the pandemic, but with it still affecting everything we need to continue to work hard to keep the EBU going financially. Although we took advantage of all government support that we were entitled to, made a number of staff redundant and cut costs everywhere we could, we still need to carry on taking care to avoid using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme having ended this has become even more difficult.

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 congresses and major competitions.



Schapiro Trophy: Jeffrey AllertonTony ForresterFrances HindenChris Jagger & Graham Osborne

Punchbowl: Mike BellFiona BrownOllie BurgessMichael Byrne, Maggie Knottenbelt & Ben Norton

Hamilton Cup: Paul BardenDavid Kendrick, Sara Moran & Claire Robinson

Day Times Description
Friday 28th April 7.30pm Session 1 - 32-board matches or initial round-robins or triangles
Saturday 29th - Monday 1st May 10.30am and 4.00pm Sessions 2-7 - 32-board matches
Monday 1st May 10.30am Punchbowl
11.30am Hamilton Cup (Swiss Teams)
Tuesday 2nd May 10.30am and 4.00pm Schapiro Semi-Final and Final
Details of the timetable may be subject to change
Entry Fees
The EBU reserves the right to close entry at a convenient number of teams
Full Event £540 per team
Hamilton Cup only £116 per team
Entry fees should be made in advance to Please note above entry fees are for 2022 and may change in 2023
Entries close on Friday 21st April 2023 at noon

Master Points

All events are fully Green Pointed. Awards in the main event reflect its prestigious nature.


Level 5 agreements are permitted in all events.


Venue and Tariff

The venue for 2023

The venue for 2023 has not yet been confirmed

Why play?

Well mainly because, in our opinion, it is the best teams event on the EBU calendar! Spanning five days, you get a lot of bridge for your money and a great experience to boot. This is what one of our members said about it: "As a life-long underperformer, I revelled in the chance of playing in this event. Seeds don't enter the Gold Cup until round 3, so I thought I would never face off against the world's best. At the Spring Foursomes, though, I had a great chance of losing to the likes of Zia Mahmood, Andrew Robson and David Burn. Maybe I'll be losing to your team this year!" -Edgar Dolittle, Tunbridge Wells

I don't have any team mates!

You do need team mates for this event, but we might be able to help. Please send us an email and we'll try to play matchmaker.

Previous Winners

2022 results; 2022 entry list

2021 results; 2021 entry list

Did not take place in 2020 due to Covid-19

2019 results; 2019 entry list

2018 results; 2018 entry list

2017 results; 2017 entry list

2016 results; 2016 entry list

2015 results; 2015 entry list

2014 results; 2014 entry list

2013 results; 2013 entry list

2012 results; 2012 entry list

2011 results; 2011 entry list

2010 results; 2010 entry list

2009 results; 2009 entry list

2008 results; 2008 entry list

2007 results; 2007 entry list

2006 results; 2006 entry list

Spring Foursomes - the history

Find a partner/team mates

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please email