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In accordance with advice from the EBU & the Government & Public Health England the Council of
the MCBA have decided to suspend both Cup competitions immediately and postpone
the finals indefinitely

We recommend that no more face to face matches  should take place until further notice.

We intend that the Cup and Plate will be played to a conclusion once face to face bridge can resume.

The finals will be scheduled whenever it is practical but they will take place even if we have
to play them next year.

On the meantime, teams who still have matches to play can play them online
if all eight players agree

Click this link to see how to set up online team matches

Higson Cup and Plate


Named after Roy Higson, our late and greatly missed EBU Chief Tournament Director, and his wife Mary who added their expertise and humour to the region for many years.


The Roy Higson Cup

Roy Higson Plate

The Roy Higson Plate


The draws for the final qualifying rounds of the Cup and the Plate have been made
and are displayed below.

All rounds have been handicapped this year and there were no seeded teams.

As a result we are guaranteed a team from Div 5 or Div 6 in the final when Enigmas from Div 5
play 4 Bridgemates from Div 6.

Another Div 5 team, Stretford Sabres has reached the third round where they will play Deal or No Deal from Div 1

In the other matches four Div 1 teams have drawn four Div 2 teams

In the Plate draw four of the remaining Div 3 teams have been drawn against each other. 

The 4 Aces from Div 7a have a bye through to the final 

Ruff Diamonds will play Bombay Sapphires which means that a Div 6 team is guaranteed a place in the final.

Hopefully the Plate final could have a team representing each all eligible Divisions

Congratulations to all the teams who have reached the final stages



in Round 1

Div 1 Leaders Mutton Madras came close to losing their match against The Biddables from Division 5

Read about two of the hands here

The draw for the 3rd round of the Cup can be seen below :

Captains should note that the 3rd round of the cup should be played over 32 boards unless both captains agree to play 24 boards

Please see the Conditions of Contest for details of how to play 32 board matches

The handicaps for 32 board matches are shown in Appendix B below

The draw for the 2nd round of the Plate us below

The play by date for round 3 of the Cup and round 2 of the Plate is 31st March 2020

All winning teams from the 3rd round of the Cup and round 2 of the Plate Competition will go to the respective finals.

This season the Cup competition will be handicapped in the knock out round in an attempt to level the playing field between teams of differing abilities

The details  are all in the Conditions of Contest and are also shown below

There is a guideline document to the Cup here

email Cup Secretary