Qualifier: 13th – 14th November 2021 on RealBridge* | Final: 19th – 20th February 2022, Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth
The Tollemache Cup is the inter-county championships for teams of eight.
Entry is open only to County Associations of the EBU and District Associations of the WBU please refer to the eligibility regulations for more details.
Teams are limited to 14 playing members, this applies only to the 2020 Qualifier. For the 2021 Final and subsequent years, the limit will be 12 players. The players in a team can be different in qualifying round and the final. The qualifying event, on 21st - 22nd November 2020, will be played as an all-play-all event, rather than in sections. Play will be from 11am until approximately 6.30pm on both days, with a break for lunch about half-way through. Exact match times will depend on the number of teams playing. We will aim to play 90-100 boards over the two days. The top eight teams will qualify to play in the final on 20th - 21st February 2021 hosted on RealBridge, unless face-to-face bridge has re-started.
Entry is open only to County Associations of the EBU and District Associations of the WBU please refer to the eligibility regulations for more details. County Secretaries will be provided with an entry form by EBU staff at a suitable time ahead of the event.
The prices for this congress are significantly lower than they would have been face to face, 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 over the last six months, but with no end in sight 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.
|Qualifier Timetable||**updated due to late entries**||Qualifier Weekend (27 rounds with 5 minute breaks)|
|13th - 14th November 2021||Saturday|
|11:00am - 2:45pm||Session 1, 28 boards (7x4-board rounds)|
|3:30pm - 7:15pm||Session 2. 28 boards (7x4-board rounds)|
|Sunday||A slightly delayed start to observe Remembrance Sunday|
|11:05am - 2:20pm||Session 3, 24 boards (6x4-board rounds)|
|3:00pm - 6:45pm||Session 4. 28 boards (7x4-board rounds)|
|Finals Timetable||Finals Weekend|
|19th - 20th February 2022||Saturday|
|10:30pm - 12:20pm||Match 1|
|12:30pm - 2:20pm||Match 2|
|3:30pm - 5:20pm||Match 3|
|5:30pm - 7:20pm||Match 4|
|10:30am - 12:20pm||Match 5|
|12:40pm - 2:30pm||Match 6|
|2:40pm - 4:30pm||Match 7|
|2021/22 £TBC per team, which amounts to £TBC per player for two days’ bridge|
Qualifier: Green Points per match won or drawn at standard EBU rate – eg 0.42 per 12 board match won, 0.21 for a draw . There are no bonus awards for overall ranking in the qualifier.
Final: 1 Green Point per match won (1/2 for a draw), plus bonus ranking awards to the top four teams (6, 3, 2 & 1, respectively).
Level 5 agreements are permitted in this event.
Venue and Tariff
Qualifier and Final
The Qualifier will take place online via RealBridge.
The Final is planned to take place live face to face
The final will take place in the Stratford Suite, Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February 2022.
To book hotel accommodation, contact Arena Travel on 0333 363 8100 Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm or visit Arena Travel. Rooms are available to book for the night of Friday 18th February for any pre-stays and for the one night of Saturday 19th February.
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.
The Tollemache Cup - a history