National Handicap Pairs Championship

TBC September 2022, various locations, whether live or online

The National Handicap Pairs Championship is open to all clubs.


The Handicap Championship Pairs is a new event that will take place at heats organised by host bridge clubs. These clubs are responsible for most aspects of the heat, including taking entries, running the game and submitting the scores. The entry fee is determined by each host club - a part of this is remitted to the EBU and the rest is retained by club, so by taking part you are supporting your local club as well as playing in a national competition.

Details of the clubs which are hosting heats will be available below.


The competition will be played as a single extended session, about 30 boards, scored by match-points across all participating venues. The time of the event will be determined by the host venue providing the start time is no earlier than 11am and no later than 2pm. Please see below for information. Handicaps will be based on the average NGS of the two players in each pair. Players will need to have their NGS visible.

Handicapped Scoring

The results from the heats are combined and matchpointed across-the-field, as if it were a Sims – and the combined scores appear on the EBU Sims webpage.

The handicap for each pair is their average of the two players’ NGS grades.  The NGS grades are the grades before the event.  The handicap is relative to 50%, so can be positive or negative.

The handicapped score is calculated by subtracting the handicap from the score from the combined results.

Handicapped-Score = Score – ((NGS_1 + NGS_2)/2 – 50)

To enter

Please enter directly with the host club. The contact details and/or the process for making an entry for each venue will be listed below.

Closing date for entries is at club discretion

Master Points

Blue Points will be awarded to the top 1/3 of the overall field at National rate and prizes will be awarded based on the overall ranking list. NGS grading for this event will be based on the underlying local results.


Level 4 agreements are permitted in this event.

2022 Venues

Details of the clubs which are hosting heats will be posted here when confirmed.