The National Interclub Knockout, or NICKO as it is affectionately acronymed, is open to all fully affiliated EBU bridge clubs, and is probably the most popular of all tournaments with around 300 teams entering annually.

It is played as a knockout throughout, with the draw regionalised so as to reduce travelling. The early rounds are of just 24 boards, increasing to 32 boards for the quarter-finals and semi-finals and 48 boards for the final.

Each club can enter an unlimited number of teams, to be referred to as teams A, B, C, etc. in no particular order of preference. Each team can be four, five or six players. At least four of the players must be nominated on the entry form at the time that the entry is submitted.

Club secretaries will be sent an entry form, and it can also be downloaded from our website. Entries should be submitted by the affiliated Club Secretary, who should be satisfied of the credentials of the players. Details of the qualification requirements are available on the event webpage

The closing date for entries is 17th September. We hope you will encourage the members of your club to form a team – or a few teams.