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, is open to teams eliminated before Sunday 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 Bank Holiday Monday.
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 2018 event Brian Senior wrote reports on some of the boards from the competition. They are available through the results page.
Schapiro Trophy: Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, Graham Osborne, David Gold & Mike Bell
Punchbowl: Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Thomas Charlesen, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Artur Malinowski, Dror Padon
Hamilton Cup: David Jones, Julian Pottage, Simon Richards, Peter Shelley & Trevor Ward
Friday 3rd May
Sat - Mon
10.30am and 4.00pm
Tuesday 7th May
The EBU reserves the right to close entry at 48 teams
£520 per team
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.
Venue and Tariff
2019 venue details
Crowne Plaza, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR. Telephone: 01789 279988.
This Crowne Plaza hotel was previously part of the Holiday Inn chain, and is the same venue as has been used in previous years
The hotel is located near the town centre and is in a very picturesque riverside setting which adds to the enjoyment of this excellent tournament by providing a lovely area to relax in between sessions.
B&B - £77 sharing, £103.00 (double for single use); DBB - £87.50 sharing, £112.00 single (double for single use); Price per person
Note that prices may be subject to change.
A number of rooms are reserved for booking at this negotiated rate for a limited period of time. Any unbooked rooms are usually released for booking by the general public a few weeks before the event. Thereafter rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. Likewise if all allocated rooms are booked then rooms may still be available, but at the hotel’s current rate. To ensure rooms are available at the negotiated rate please book as early as possible.