Spring Foursomes

3rd – 7th May 2024, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre


The Spring Foursomes

- One of the great events in the English bridge calendar!

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre, 3rd - 7th May 2024

The Spring Foursomes will be held over the Mayday bank holiday weekend.

Please note that although the extended closing date for hotel bookings via First for Bridge of 4th April has now passed, it may still be possible to make bookings by contacting FfB directly on 01473 357 031.

Current entrants

Event Programme

Welcome to the Spring Foursomes! 

If you will be late arriving to the venue, please call 07780673522. Please do not send a text message as this will not be forwarded. 

The Spring Fours is one of the great events in the English calendar. The principal event has become one of the toughest events in domestic bridge played for the Provost Cup. 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).

It is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship and also part of the new WBF World Bridge Tour.

World Bridge Tour logo

To enter

By entering an EBU congress or event you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set out in the Terms and Conditions document.

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 and entries may be paused at a convenient number (eg 48 teams) until there are sufficient further entries.



Schapiro Trophy (Provost Cup from 2024): Alexander Allfrey, Peter Bertheau, Peter Crouch, Espen Erichsen, Richard Plackett & Andrew Robson

Punchbowl: Linus Dahlstrom, Simon Ekenberg, Oliver Lawrence, Patrick Lawrence & Ulf Nilsson

Hamilton Cup: Barbara Hackett, Diana Hopfenheit, Sebastian Reim & Guido Hopfenheit

Day Start Time End Time Description
FRI 3 19:30 12 MIDNIGHT SESSION 1 (32-board matches or initial round-robins or triangles)
SAT 4 - MON 6 10:30 & 16:00 15:00 & 20:30 SESSIONS 2-7 (32-board matches)
MON 6 10:30 & 16:00 15:00 & 20:30 PUNCHBOWL
11:30 & 13:30 14:30 & 18:30 HAMILTON CUP (Swiss Teams)
TUE 7 10:30 & 16:30 15:30 & 21:30 PROVOST SEMI-FINAL & FINAL
Details of the timetable may be subject to change
Entry Fees
Event Price (per team)
Full Event £690
Hamilton Cup only £128
Entry fees should be made in advance to comps@ebu.co.uk. The above entry fees are for 2024
Entries close on Friday 26th April 2024 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 2024

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre

Please note: The allocation of hotel rooms via First for Bridge has now closed, but bookings may still be available by contacting them directly by phone on 01473 357 031.

Please note: For guests staying at the hotel, the overnight parking rate for EBU players/attendees is £10.00 per vehicle. All players must register their number plate with reception on arrival.

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!

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this competition, please use the Partnership forum

Previous Winners

2023 results; 2023 entry list

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 comps@ebu.co.uk