Please note: While we had hoped to run this event face-to-face, due to Covid, this year the Spring Fours will be held online via RealBridge*. The current classic format will not be changed.
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 Sunday.
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.
During the 2019 event Brian Senior wrote reports on some of the boards from the competition. They are available through the results page.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Schapiro Trophy: Tom Paske, David Mossop, Justin Hackett, Jason Hackett, Alex Hydes and Ed Jones
Punchbowl: Duncan Happer, Ben Green, Ankush Khandelwal and Ben Norton
Hamilton Cup: Sally Brock, Catherine Curtis, Paul Fegarty & Barry Myers
Please note this event did not take place in 2020 due to Covid.
Friday 30th April
Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd May
10.30am and 4.00pm
Tuesday 4th May
The EBU reserves the right to close entry at 48 teams
Hamilton Cup only
All events are fully Green Pointed. Awards in the main event reflect its prestigious nature.
Level 5 agreements are permitted in all events.
Please can you email your Convention Card in the correct format (WBF for Trials and EBU card for EBU Congresses) to EBUConventionCards@gmail.com. We will send you a link to a pdf version which you can then provide at the table for your opponents.
Venue and Tariff
Due to Covid-19, this event will be held via online bridge platform RealBridge
RealBridge is a new online bridge platform currently undergoing extensive testing among clubs and national organisations across the world. Its most distinctive feature is that it uses your computer's camera and microphone (if it has them) to provide video and audio of the players at the table, aiming to replicate the experience of playing face to face. However, players without that capacity will still be able to play by typing comments in the traditional manner.