National Inter Club Knock Out (NICKO)

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.

Later rounds of this event will be face-to-face but teams are invited to indicate willingness to play online, which would be applied to the early stages to reduce travelling. Currently, the vast majority of our entrants have indicated a preference to play online which will reduce the need for teams entering to play face to face until a considerably later stage if they so wish. They must be willing to play later stages face-to-face though should they eventually draw a team that has indicated a preference for face to face. Prices for the NICKO entries are based on the previous face to face iteration.

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.

Current results

2020/21 Main Event

2020/21 Plate Event

2019/20 Main Event

2019/20 Plate Event

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To enter

Entry Form (word) (pdf)

The entry deadline for the 2021/22 competition is midday Monday 11th October at midday

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.

7. Please can entrants who wish to play online contact so that those wishing to play online can be drawn against one another in the first few rounds (depending on number of online applicants). Note that the competition will default to face to face and we won't be able to guarantee online opposition after a couple of rounds.


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
R3 extended indefinitely
R4 extended indefinitely
R5 extended indefinitely
Q-F extended indefinitely
S-F extended indefinitely
F by mutual agreement
2019/20 Plate Event
R1 by 23rd February 2020
R2 extended indefinitely
Entry Fees
2021/22 entry fees are £81 per team

The deadline for 2021/22 entries is Monday 11th October at midday

Master Points

Main Event

Round I II III IV V Quarter final Semi Final
Green Points 1 2 2 3 3 4 6 8


Round I II III IV Quarter Final Semi Final
Green Points 1 1 1.5 1.5 2 3 4


Level 4 agreements are permitted in this event.

Halfway venues

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.