The entry deadline for the 2020/21 competition is midday Saturday 21st November. The following arrangements have been announced in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- For the 2020-21 competition please note that all matches must be played online.
- The default online bridge platform is BBO. However, with agreement from both teams, any online bridge platform may be used.
The NICKO, as it is affectionately named, is probably the most popular of all tournaments. The NICKO is open to all affiliated EBU bridge clubs. The early rounds are of 24 boards, increasing to 32 boards for the quarter-finals and semi-finals and 48 boards for the final.
Why not get together with your regular partner and a couple of teammates from your club and ask your club secretary to enter your team for the NICKO? An unlimited number of teams can be entered by a club. Seeding for top teams (usually 16) will be based on Gold Points, except that the previous year's finalists will be seeded if known in time. Seeded teams will be exempt from at least the first round and will not be eligible for the Plate competition. The Plate competition will be open to all unseeded teams defeated in their first match of the main event, either in round 1, or in round 2 following a bye.
Important: Player Eligibility Criteria
It has been necessary to disqualify teams from past competitions for fielding players who were not registered members of their club. Please help us to ensure that this course of action is not necessary in future competitions by including in your team only players who are registered members. For help on ensuring your club's membership list is up to date please contact us. Please ensure that your team complies with the criteria given below.
The entry deadline for the 2020/21 competition is midday Saturday 21st November.
1. Entries are open to all clubs affiliated to the EBU, who may enter an unlimited number of teams, to be referred to as A, B, C etc. in no particular order of preference. Entries should be submitted by an authorised official of the club, who should be satisfied of the credentials of the players.
2. Players must: (a) be registered members of the club they are to represent continuously throughout the period commencing with the date three months before the published closing date for entries to the competition, and finishing with the last match which they play in the competition; and (b) play regularly at the club or for the club, or contribute to the club regularly in some other way (or have done so in previous years, yet be unable currently to do so through some personal circumstance, e.g. illness, work, childcare, etc.). “Registered member” means a member of the club who is at all relevant times included on the list of members of the club registered with the EBU for the purposes of the Universal Membership Scheme.
3. Clubs are required to ensure that their representatives meet these criteria and are thus eligible to represent them. If any complaints are received that any members of a team do not meet these criteria, the club will be required to explain why it believes the players to be eligible. If that explanation is not regarded as convincing, disqualification may follow.
4. At least four players must be nominated for each team when the entry form is submitted. EBU numbers must be provided for all players. If, exceptionally, that is not possible, then it is essential that their postcodes are provided instead to enable easy identification of players. Entry forms which are deficient in this respect may be returned for the missing information to be provided.
5. Extra players may be added, up to a maximum of six players per team, at any time during the competition provided that: (a) they satisfy the entry conditions (see 2 above); (b) they have not represented another team in the competition in the same season; (c) they are nominated to the EBU Competitions Department before they play.
6. For the purposes of Conditions 2(a) and 5(b), “the competition” includes the NICKO Plate. Please note that although no player may represent more than one team in the competition in any one season, players representing a club in the NICKO may represent a different club in the Garden Cities or any other inter-club event.
The prices for this congress are significantly lower than they would have been face to face, but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium.
We have been working hard to keep bridge going over the last six months, but with no end in sight we also need to work hard to keep the EBU going. Despite taking advantage of all government support that has been available, making a number of staff redundant and cutting costs everywhere we can, we are still using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. When the furlough scheme comes to an end this will only get worse.
Competitions are one way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival and we will be following this pricing strategy for all our online congresses and major competitions.
2019 Cup - Young Chelsea L: Ali Ahmed, Joe Fawcett, Andrew McIntosh, Neil Rosen, Szczepan Smoczynski & James Thrower Plate - Leeds C: Tom Cohen, Tom Copeland, Alan Hayward, Alan Jarvis & Philip Morrison
|Main Event 2020/2021||To be completed|
|R1||November 24th - January 18th|
|R2||January 19th - March 1st|
|Plate Event 2020/2021|
|R1||from March 8th|
|2019/20 Main Event|
|R1||by 15th December 2019|
|R2||by 16th February 2019|
|F||by mutual agreement|
|2019/20 Plate Event|
|R1||by 23rd February 2020|
|2020/21 entry fees are £72 per team|
The deadline for 2020/21 entries is 11am on Monday 28 September 2020
Level 4 agreements are permitted in this event.
Some clubs are available for hire by teams wishing to hold a knockout match at a 'halfway venue'. A list of some of these is available here.
Venue and Tariff
Due to Covid, this year the event will be held entirely online.