Gold Cup 2021
Update: All rounds up to and including the QF will be played online. A decision will be taken on the semi final and final later on.
The draw will be national so Scottish Welsh and English teams may draw each other from Round 1
Teams may have up to eight members but no more than six may play in any match.
♥ Please note:♥
- No kibitzers are allowed
- Board by board scoring (or Barometer) must be switched off
- "Undos" are not permitted in the bidding or play
- The default is that stanzas are of 8 boards with the change of opponents regulations being the same as face-to-face matches, though this can be amended to e.g. 2 x 16-board stanzas by agreement between the 2 captains.
- The full names of those playing must be disclosed in the BBO field for such disclosure.
The Gold Cup is the most prestigious Open Teams event in Britain, and is organised by Bridge Great Britain. It is knock-out throughout, and, prior to the semi-finals, all matches are played privately. It dates back to 1932. The original trophy, still awarded today, was presented by Bridge Magazine. At the time it cost 100 guineas
Green Points are awarded for each win
Matches in Round 1 and 2 are of 32 boards (though this may be increased to 40 or 48 by prior agreement between the two Captains). This helps considerably when fixing matches, which can be played in the evening. Matches in Rounds 3-4 are of 48 boards.
8 teams are seeded and exempt from Round 1. This gives the other teams a better opportunity of winning early rounds, and a better chance of gaining Green Points.
♠ THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR THE SILVER PLATE FOR PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMPETED IN THE GOLD CUP. THE CHARGE FOR ADDITIONAL PLAYERS IN THE SILVER PLATE IS £10 PER PLAYER.
♥ Completely new teams are not permitted to enter the Silver Plate (only losing teams from the first two rounds of the Gold Cup)
♦ The Silver Plate is administered by the EBU.
♦ Scottish teams who lose in Rounds 1 and 2 are eligible to play in the Scottish Gold Plate for the Marion Hill Trophy at no extra charge. The winner of that competition will join the Silver Plate at the Quarter Final Stage.