Entries for the National Interclub Knockout, or NICKO as it is affectionately known, are open now. Please encourage the relevant members of your club to think about the team(s) which they may be entering.
The competition is open to all fully affiliated EBU bridge clubs, and is probably the most popular of all knock out tournaments with 250-300 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 should download an entry form from our website. Entries should be submitted by the Club Secretary, who should be satisfied of the credentials of the players. Please note the important qualification requirements which are shown on the event webpage. These include that players should have been a member of the club for at least three months prior to the closing date, and this membership should have been registered with the EBU.
The closing date for entries is 25th September. We hope you will encourage the members of your club to form a team – or a few teams.