A revised Premier Pairs competition runs this year from February 2019. As before, it takes place on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The major changes are that there will be no relegations from the pool of Premier Pairs players, and that cross IMP scoring will always be used.
Publicity will go out to all club members of NGS rank Queen and above in January 2019. They will be asked to tell us if they are available to play in the next Premier Pairs by the deadline of 12 noon on the 2nd Tuesday in the month. The players selected, and reserves, will be published soon afterwards.
The hope is that sufficient good pairs will be available so that the best 14 pairs can be selected to give a 7 table all-play-all competition. With only 10 pairs there will be a 5 table competition which is also all-play-all. As before, players will pay a £1 supplement on top of table money, and there is a cash prize for the winning pair of £60 with 7 tables (£30 each) and £40 with 5 tables (£20 each).
To give the best chance of getting good players to support this competition, we would inform league teams that they must not play league matches on a Premier Pairs evening. To encourage regular attendance, players who play in the Premier Pairs at least 6 times in the year February 2019 to January 2020 will be eligible to play in the Premier Pairs Silver Cup competition. This will take place separately in Spring 2020.
Publicity about this new competition will also go to the county secretaries of Somerset and Gloucestershire to pass on to their strong players who can play at the Club. This competition will be open to all and rules about visitors will be waived. Participants who are not members of Bristol Bridge Club will pay £6.
1. Spielman Cup for Pairs
Members and non-members may play in the qualifying round. For the final, all players must be members and no substitute players are allowed.
2. Everett Cup for teams
Members and non-members may play in the qualifying round. For the final, all players must be members. Teams may bring in up to 2 substitute players provided these substitutes have not failed to qualify in another team in the qualifying round.
3. Hockey Cup for Mixed Pairs, the Mens Pairs and the Ladies Pairs.
These are 1 session events. Non-members may play if they are of correct gender, but only members can be awarded the trophy.
4. Bernard Shannon Trophy
All partnerships must be arranged from the random draw. Members and non-members may play but only members can be awarded the trophy.
5. Curtis Cup
Players enter in pairs. Teams are determined by putting pairs together in line with Bob Curtis’ wishes. Members and non-members may play but only members can be awarded the trophy.
6. Cyril Samuels Trophy
Members enter in teams in advance. When the sign-up list is put on the noticeboard, only members may sign up. However, non-members may play if there is space, and if they do play, they are eligible to win prizes but only members can be awarded the trophy.