Tollemache Cup

Qualifier: 12th – 13th November 2022 venue TBC | Final: 18th – 19th February 2023, venue TBC

The Tollemache Cup is the inter-county championships for teams of eight.

Entry is open only to County Associations of the EBU and District Associations of the WBU please refer to the eligibility regulations for more details.

For the 2023 Final and subsequent years, you may only have 12 players per team. The players in a team can be different in qualifying round and the final. The qualifying event, on 12th - 13th November 2022, is likely to be played in two sections, one consisting of 15 teams and the other of 16 teams. Play will be from 11am until approximately 6.30pm on both days, with a break for lunch about half-way through. Exact match times will depend on the number of teams playing. We will aim to play 90-100 boards over the two days. The top eight teams will qualify to play in the final on 18th - 19th February 2023.


Last year there was one group, playing 27 x 4-board rounds.  This will be the format if there are 27 or 28 teams this year.   It would also be possible to have one group playing 33 x 3-board rounds if there are 33 or 34 teams.

The alternative format would be to have two groups, qualifying 4 teams from each: 13 x 8-board rounds, 15 x 7-board rounds, 17 x 6-board rounds. 

If there are an odd number of teams in a group, each team in that group will sit out.

There are 31 entered teams so it will be 15 x 7 board rounds.


Timing and Schedule

There will be one more match on Saturday than Sunday.  Play on Saturday will start at 11:00 and on Sunday (Remembrance Sunday) will start at 11:05.  There will be a break of 45 minutes in the middle of each day.

There will be 7.5 minutes allowed for each board in a round, and 5 minutes between rounds for changes of line-up.  In principle, it will be possible to change line-up after each round.  (If there is one group playing 3-board rounds, there may be different arrangements for change of line-up.)

To enter

Entry is open only to County Associations of the EBU and District Associations of the WBU please refer to the eligibility regulations for more details. County Secretaries will be provided with an entry form by EBU staff at a suitable time ahead of the event.

Congress Prices

The prices for our online congresses and competitions are significantly lower than they would have been face to face (about 20% less), but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium.

We have been working hard to keep bridge going over the last 18 months, but with the pandemic still affecting everything, we also need to work hard to keep the EBU going financially. Despite taking advantage of all government support that has been available, making a number of staff redundant and cutting costs everywhere we can, we will still be using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme coming to an end shortly 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.



Gloucestershire: Richard Butland, Richard Chamberlain, Paul Denning, Dan McIntosh,  Andrew Kambites, Richard Mark Plackett, Patrick Shields, Robert Stevens & Garry Watson

Day Times Description
Qualifier Timetable Qualifier Weekend (15 7-board rounds, with 5 minutes between rounds)
12th - 13th November 2021 Saturday
11:00am Match 1
12:00 noon Match 2
1:00pm Match 3
2:00pm Match 4
2:55pm Break
3:40pm Match 5
4:40pm Match 6
5:40pm Match 7
6:40pm Match 8
7:35pm Close
Sunday A slightly delayed start to observe Remembrance Sunday
11:05am Match 9
12:05pm Match 10
1:05pm Match 11
2:00pm Break
2:45pm Match 12
3:45pm Match 13
4:45pm Match 14
5:45pm Match 15
6:40pm Close
Final Timetable Final Weekend
18th - 18th February 2022
Session 1 10:30 AM 12:20 PM Match 1 (14 boards)
12:30 PM 2:20 PM Match 2 (14 boards)
Session 2 3:10 PM 5:00 PM Match 3 (14 boards)
5:10 PM 7:00 PM Match 4 (14 boards)
Session 3 10:30 AM 12:20 PM Match 5 (14 boards)
12:40 PM 2:30 PM Match 6 (14 boards)
2:40 PM 4:30 PM Match 7 (14 boards)
Entry Fees
2021/22 £352 per team, which amounts to £29.33 per player for two days’ bridge
Entries should be submitted only by County Associations of the EBU or District Associations of the WBU, on entry forms that will be supplied to all County Secretaries. Closing date for entries is midday 5th November 2021.

Master Points

Qualifier: Green Points per match won or drawn at standard EBU rate – eg 0.42 per 12 board match won, 0.21 for a draw . There are no bonus awards for overall ranking in the qualifier.
Final: 1 Green Point per match won (1/2 for a draw), plus bonus ranking awards to the top four teams (6, 3, 2 & 1, respectively).

Level 5 agreements are permitted in this event.

Venue and Tariff

Qualifier and Final

The venue for the qualifier and final are to be confirmed. Details will be updated as soon as possible for 2022/23