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Rubber Bridge KO (Meltzer)
Rubber Bridge Knock-out Competition 2018-2019

Oxford Bridge Club's rubber bridge knockout tournament, played between 1 October and 30 May. The winners receive the Meltzer Trophy. 

  • open to all members
  • arrange matches between yourselves, as soon as you know who your opponents are
  • play your matches by the dates shown in the draw
  • play at home, or on OBC premises** (no additional charge)
  • contact the Diary Secretary to book a room - check the room bookings calendar to see if a room is free**
  • each match consists of a maximum of 30 hands, or 6 rubbers, whichever comes first
  • don't forget that honours count! 
  • rubber bridge supplies are available in the Mary Good room (from January 2019 onwards)
  • let the Tournament Secretary know the results of your match as soon as possible, so that the draw can be kept up to date


Entry fee is £5.00 per pair.  

**from January 2019 onwards. Unfortunately there is limited availability while we are at OCFC, mainly at the weekends. Contact the Diary Secretary to check.

2018-2019 Draw

Click here to view the current draw. 

Contact the Tournament Secretary if you have any queries, and to let her know the results of your matches. 

Competition Rules

These are the rules for the competition (extracted from the Competition Bylaws)


OBC Rubber Bridge Knockout Competition


This competition shall determine the Club Rubber Bridge Champions for the year and the winners of the Meltzer Trophy


Pairs of Full Members of OBC.


Agreed by the competing pairs, within a timescale set by the Tournament Secretary before the end of September. Pairs should make every effort to arrange a suitable date; it is not permissible to offer only daytime weekdays unless agreeable to both parties: i.e. players should recognise that participants may work and require a match during the evening or weekend. In the case of failure to agree a date, the Tournament Secretary shall arbitrate, awarding the match to the pair deemed not at fault. Late matches may incur a carry-forward penalty of minus 300 points for the offending pair.


Each match will be 30 boards or 6 rubbers, whichever is the shorter.

Entry fee

£5 per pair, to be paid before playing the first round. Players may use the OBC premises free of charge to play their matches


A draw shall be made to determine the order of play. The Chief Tournament Director or Tournament Secretary shall furnish all pairs with details of the draw and closing dates for each round at least four weeks before the date by which the first round is due to be complete. Where the number of teams entering is not 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc., byes shall be introduced in the first round only. Byes shall be spread through the draw; as far as possible, the same number in each half, each quarter, each eighth, etc.


The event shall be a knockout competition with rubber bridge scoring


Level 4 conventions may be played


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