Schapiro Spring Foursomes

30th April - 4th May 2021; RealBridge

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*, which has the advantage of making it easier for teams from other countries to play in it. The current classic format of double-elimination teams with side-events for eliminated teams will be largely followed, but this year teams will be allowed to have up to eight players, although only six may play in any one match. This is to help teams that may be playing in other conflicting online teams events. It is also likely that there will be some short round-robins in the early stages of the event to determine seeding for Round 3 onwards, depending on the number of teams entering.

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.

2019 Reports: During the 2019 event Brian Senior wrote reports on some of the boards from the competition. They are available through the results page.

2021 Entry List

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 comps@ebu.co.uk. Late entries will only be accepted if they assist the schedule.

Congress Prices

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.  

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.

Holders

2019 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.

Timetable
Day Times Description
Friday 30th April 3.15pm Session 1 - 32-board matches or initial round-robins
Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd May 10.30am and 3.15pm Sessions 2-7 - 32-board matches
Monday 3rd May 10.30am Punchbowl and Hamilton Cup (Swiss Teams)
Tuesday 4th May 10.30am and 3.15pm Schapiro Semi-Final and Final
Entry Fees
The EBU reserves the right to close entry at 48 teams
Full Event £420 per team
Hamilton Cup only £60 per team
Entries close on Friday 23rd April 2021 at noon

Master Points

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

Agreements

Level 5 agreements are permitted in all events.

Please can you email your Convention Card in the correct format (WBF and EBU cards are both allowed in this event) 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

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 to provide video and audio of the players at the table, aiming to replicate the experience of playing face to face. Please note: players without video and audio will not be able to participate in the Schapiro Spring Foursomes.

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

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 comps@ebu.co.uk