Release 2.19o
Gold Cup 2019/2020
  The closing date for Round 4 is 1 November. Revised dates for the remaining rounds and finals are shown in the calendar 9 Sep
 Revised conditions. See the Gold Cup box on the right for these   9 Jul
Gold Cup 2020/2021 Updated. Full detail now available. See entry form 

 The revised closing date is 31st December. The closing date for Round 1 will be the end of February and for Round 2 mid-April. Online matches will be the default for at least the first two rounds. The entry fee is £88 per team (of 4,5 or 6)   02 Oct


Home Internationals

Updated Home Internationals posted 09 Oct 

Teltscher Trophy Teams  13 Oct    Complete 

Lady Milne teams posted  13 Oct    Complete 
Teltscher Trophy systems posted  19 Oct    Complete 
Lady Milne systems posted 19 Oct  Complete 
Recent Updates
Bridge Great Britain
23rd Oct 2020 16:36 BST
23rd Oct 2020 09:47 BST
2021 Entry Form
21st Oct 2020 10:27 BST
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BGB Picture Gallery
BGB has a photo archive and any contributions to it would be welcome covering any of the Home Internationals or Gold Cup.  Please contact the webmaster if you can help


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The Gold Cup Finals 2020 will be held online
Gold Cup
Gold Cup

Gold Cup: Introduction  

 Entries are open for the 2021 Gold Cup.  

  • At least the first two rounds will be played online
  • An online entry form is available
  • The draw will be national so Scottish Welsh and English teams may draw each other from Round 1
  • First and second round losers from Scotland will have free entry to the Marion Hill Trophy. In England & Wales free entry to the Silver Plate
  • Teams may have up to eight members but no more than six may play in any match.

The remaining rounds of the Gold Cup 2019/2020 

This applies to all rounds up to and including the Quarter Final.

Matches may be face to face or online. In the event of a disagreement the default will be online.

For Face to Face matches the existing regulations apply save for the point below about length of matches.

For online matches

  • No kibitzers are allowed
  • Board by board scoring (or Barometer) must be switched off
  • Having a Zoom or similar camera view is not permitted
  • Undos are not permitted in the bidding or play.
  • Stanzas are of 8 boards with the change of opponents regulations being the same as for F2F matches

Any of the above conditions may be varied with the agreement of both teams.

  • Matches will be of 48 boards for Rounds 3 and 4 but if both teams agree, this can be reduced to 40 or 32.
  • Match length in the Quarter final, Semi final and final will be as shown in the existing regulations.
  • Two extra players are permitted to help with difficulties over arranging matches, provided

a. the secretary is informed in advance

b. The Extra players have not registered for any other team in the current season

c. No more than six players play in any one match.


If the match is online 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


 Round  1  2  3  4  QF SF F
 for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021  2  2  3  4 6 10  20

Matches in Round 1 (for 2020) 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 2-4 are of 48 boards.

8 teams are seeded for 2020   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. The draw for Rounds 1-3 is regionalised, as far as possible, in order to keep travelling to a minimum.


♥  Completely new teams are not permitted to enter the Silver Plate (only losing teams from 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.





Last updated : 23rd Oct 2020 16:35 BST
Welcome to Bridge Great Britain
Welcome to Bridge Great Britain

Bridge Great Britain was formed following the devolution of the British Bridge League into its individual unions at the end of 1999. At that time, the English, Scottish and Welsh Bridge Unions won the right to have teams representing them in European and World events, instead of playing as Great Britain. However, should bridge ever be represented in the Olympic Arena, it will be necessary for the countries to join together again and participate as Great Britain, since this is the body recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

How BBL became BGB

In addition to the need to have the infrastructure to select a representative team in this eventuality, there are two events which remain British rather than belonging to any one Union, notably the Gold Cup, which is the British Knock Out Teams of Four Championship and The Home International Series,comprising the Camrose, Lady Milne, Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose), Junior Camrose (U26) and Peggy Bayer (U21).

 How Wales won the Lady Milne for the first time in 1967

Bridge Great Britain is run by Committee - there is a Core Committee comprising three members, one from each of England, Scotland and Wales, and the full Committee, which meets annually, where the Core Committee members are joined by delegates from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 


The British Simultaneous Pairs are administered by the EBU on behalf of England, Wales and Scotland. 


SIMS Results available here


Last updated : 6th Sep 2020 10:57 BST
Lady Milne/Teltscher Trophy UPDATE
Lady Milne/Teltscher Trophy UPDATE

 Both the Teltscher Trophy and the Lady Milne will go ahead as online events using RealBridge on October 30 31 and November 1.

 Revised conditions of contest now available 


Updated introductory notes for RealBridge users♠ 

Last updated : 15th Oct 2020 11:15 BST
Home International Regulations 2020: System Cards

From 2020 the system cards will be subject to a review.   When the system card has been reviewed and accepted, it will be published on the BGB website prior to the event.  It is the responsibility of Captains to ensure that their players’ systems are submitted on time. 

The deadline for submission of systems is three weeks prior to the start of the event (see the calendar for exact dates), and a reminder will be sent by The Secretary seven days before the deadline. An automatic fine of 1 VP will be  imposed on any pair not submitting their system by the due date.

Last updated : 21st Oct 2020 16:48 BST

BGB's Chairman for 2020/2021 is Jeremy Dhondy

Our secretary is Sandra Claridge

Her email address is:

2020 Meeting Minutes


Last updated : 13th Jul 2020 10:10 BST
BGB Archive
BGB Archive

♠  BGB has an archive of the past results of the Home Internationals and the Gold Cup.

   Anyone who can spot any error or give information about the missing results is invited to contact the webmaster.
 The archive of past Camrose Matches and the Junior Series is now complete where detail is known and data added for 2020. Obituaries and/or Photos of players have been linked where they are known.
♣  Obituaries link added to the archive menu
Last updated : 16th May 2020 10:16 BST
Teltscher Trophy Age Restrictions
Teltscher Trophy Age Restrictions

♠ The WBF and EBL changed the regulations for Seniors events as from 1 Jan 2018.

♠ BGB has followed suit and this affects the Teltscher Trophy. The regulations have been updated to reflect this.

The schedule for change is

Senior Age Regulations 

The WBF Executive Council has decided to raise the age requirement for Senior players to 65 in accordance with the following schedule: 

No change in 2021 It remains at 62 years of age 

On 1st January 2022 it will be raised to 63 years of age 

On 1st January 2024 it will be raised to 64 years of age 

On 1st January 2026 it will be raised to 65 years of age

Last updated : 23rd Oct 2020 16:36 BST
Camrose Weekend 2
La Mon Hotel, Belfast
Junior Camrose/Peggy Bayer
Newport Campus
Camrose Weekend 1
Holiday Inn Corstophine EDINBURGH
Gold Cup Finals 2019
Young Chelsea Bridge Club
27th Oct 2020
Teltscher Trophy/LM Captain's Meeting
via Zoom 18:00
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30th Oct 2020
Lady Milne/Teltscher Trophy Online
Online 17:00
Director: Gordon Rainsford
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1st Nov 2020
Gold Cup Round 4 Closing Date *Revised*
4th Dec 2020
Gold Cup QF Closing Date *Revised closing date*
5th Dec 2020
Gold Cup Semi Finals *Revised date*
Online 10:00
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6th Dec 2020
Gold Cup Final *Revised date*
Online 10:00
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31st Dec 2020
Gold Cup 2020/21 Entry Closing Date