General Competition Details
  Michael Coda Cup

The Michael Coda Cup is the County’s principal fund raising event. It is a simultaneous pairs’ competition open to affiliated and non-affiliated clubs within the SCBA’s geographical area. It will be held on each day during a week of February. All of the entry fees and donations less costs, incurred by the SCBA, are passed on to the nominated charity.

The result on each board at a participating club will be compared with the result for all other pairs from all of the participating clubs to obtain an overall result. Nearly all the organisation required for a club to participate will be taken care of by the SCBA Committee. Your club secretary will be contacted about the event, but it would help if you could lobby your own club’s committee to hold a heat of this event.

If you or anyone else in your club should require any further details please contact Gina Howard.

  General Information

Will all players ensure that they have a completed system card, failure to do so may result in a director ruling going against them.  


1. Pairs League: The Pairs League will be run over a three weeks period from March.  

3. Competition Entry Procedure: Entries to county competitions should be made through the county website here. Entries for a weekend event will close on the Sunday evening before the event after which entries will be accepted at the discretion of the organiser.

4. Championship Pairs:  This is a one day event consisting of a qualifying round followed by a 7 table all play all final and a plate competition for the non qualifiers.

5. Start and Arrival Times: The start time for the one day weekend events is 1pm. We request that members turn up for an event no later than 15 minutes before the official start time, and register their arrival. In this way we will know exactly how many participants we have and this will help the Director to start on time.

6. Championship Teams: The number of boards to be played in the semi-final has been reduced to 40, and in the final reduced to 48.

7. Inter Club Teams Open Event: There is no limit to the number of teams each club enter.

8. Charges for Junior Members:  Junior members will be charged half the standard rate for the one day events. There will not be any concessions for our other events. We will adopt the same definition of a junior player as that used by the EBU.

9. League Fees:  A one off fee will once again be requested for each team entering the County League and for each pair entering the Pairs League. The one off fee for each team or pair will include the table money for each round of the event. This will simplify the cash administration for each of these events.

10. Victor Ludorum: The Cynthia Day trophy will be won by the player with the highest total of VL points.

11. Level 4: All county events will be Level 4.

  Events Open to Non-SCBA Members

The Michael Coda Cup and the lowest division in the County League are open to non-EBU members.


Except for the above events, entries can only be accepted from EBU members.

Entry Conditions and Fees

Oral entries cannot be accepted. Entry fees are only refunded for withdrawals before the closing date if there are exceptional circumstances. Teams may consist of up to 6 players. However, in the Championship Teams and the County League, teams may consist of up to 8 players subject to the rules of eligibility.

Inter-Club Competitions

The entry fee for the  Teams of Eight and Club Championship competitions is £4 per player payable on the day. If this entry fee is paid by the club then a cheque for the appropiate amount made out to "SCBA" should be presented to the director on the day.

Championship Teams of Four

The team captain should send the entry fee of £4 per player to Richard Feetenby. (30-98-45   03080007) Bramble Court Barn, Whitehill Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 6PR

County League

Arrangements should be made by the club secretary (or other club official) to send the entry fee to Richard Feetenby (30-98-45   03080007)  Bramble Court Barn, Whitehill Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 6PR at the time of entry. The club secretary (or other club official) must confirm that all members of each team being entered are bone fide members of the club.

The entry fee will vary according to the number of rounds to be played by the team in their respective leagues as shown below.


Entry Fee






  One Day Pairs & Team Competitions

Entries may be made directly on the SCBA Web Site.  The entry fee will be collected on the day of the competition.

Payments by Cheques

All cheques should be made payable to Somerset Contract Bridge Association.

Charges on the day of Competitions

A charge of ₤12.00 per player will be made on the day of the event to cover the entry fee, tea and all other expenses. The charge will be reduced to ₤8.00 for anyone who does not want to take tea and has advised this exception in writing at the time of booking. Where the ₤4.00 entry fee has already been paid by a club for an inter club competition, or in the qualifier for the Championship Pairs Final, the charge on the day will be ₤8.00 per player or ₤4.00 for those not taking tea.

Starting Time

Weekend events start at 1pm.

Permitted Conventions Level

All events are Level 4

Late cancellation or failure to arrive in time for an event


Master Points

Master points for all county run events will be directly credited with the EBU. In some cases it may take just over a month for your EBU master point record to be updated.

If an SCBA affiliated club is running a heat of the Michael Coda Cup simultaneous pairs, it will be subject to the UMS (universal membership subscription) rules for affiliated clubs. The UMS file created for the heat will need to be loaded on to the club section of the EBU website in the normal way. Master points for the club heat will then be directly credited to each member’s record by the EBU. Additional master points for the overall result will also be directly credited via the SCBA.

Errors in scoring and protest period

In Club Championship events or County events, where results are generally produced on the day, the period for correction of scoring errors is 30 minutes after the provisional score has been completed and made available for inspection.

If any result is subject to an Appeals Committee ruling, the 30 minutes protest time starts after the amended result is posted (Law 79C1).  However, any keying error by the Director may be corrected by Law 79C2 when scores are routinely checked and the Director and the Tournament Secretary are both satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the scoring is wrong.

Where queries are raised and double checking of results is required, the correction period is 48 hours after the official amended score has been confirmed as correct and advised to those concerned.

  Somerset Qualification for the Inter-County Competitions

Other than for the Garden Cities Trophy, a player who is invited to represent the county within a pair or team for any of the following events must have:

(a)     declared primary allegiance to Somerset at the time the invitation is made, and

(b)    for EBU events the player must also meet the EBU’s primary allegiance requirements for the season.

Corwen Trophy  

The first three pairs in our Championship Pairs, who are eligible and have scored 50% or more in the final, will be invited to represent Somerset in  May at Birmingham. If any of these pairs are unable to play, a substitute eligible pair will be invited to represent the county provided they have scored 50% or more in the final. 

Pachabo Cup

The eligible team members of the winners of our Championship Teams will be invited to represent Somerset in June at West Bromwich. If any of the winning team is unable to play in the final, some or all of the eligible team members of the losing finalists will be invited to represent Somerset, either as a complete team or playing with some of the Championship team.

Garden Cities Trophy

The winners of our Club Team of Eight competition automatically represent Somerset in the Regional Final at Bristol in May from which the teams that qualify go on to the National Finals in June at Solihull.  Different and/or extra players may be selected at both finals but not if having played in the event for another club.

Tollemache Cup

The Tollemache is a prestigious EBU event and attracts the best players from each county. The Selection Committee takes into account performance in County competitions with particular emphasis on the Championship Teams of Four, the County League for Clubs, and the Pairs League, as well as the Victor Ludorum ranking list. The Selection Committee are also attaching considerable emphasis on performance in the Western League plus regional and national performances in both teams and pairs competitions. The selected team will represent Somerset in the qualifier in Birmingham

  The Club Championship Event

The Club Championship will be decided on the combined results of the inter club pairs and teams events.

Inter Club Championship rules are here.