This annual event takes place on Saturday 10 November at Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Whittlesford, CB22 4NE. There are three sections: Open, Team 600 and Team 500. The event is organised by Patrick Ribbands. Teams consist of four players from the EACU but not necessarily from the same club.
The Open is for teams with any total grade.
Team 600 is for teams with an aggregate grade not exceeding 600. For the purposes of calculation, anyone with a grade under 100 will be taken as 100.
Team 500 is for teams with an aggregate grade not exceeding 500. For the purposes of calculation, anyone with a grade under 75 will be taken as 75.
There will be an inscribed digital clock or a cash prize for the team with most game points in each category but the number and value of prizes will depend on the number of entries. If ten entries have been received by 27 October the EACU will undertake to provide a trophy.
The event uses the county match format of two rounds but starting at 09.45 and 14.00. The time limit is 36 moves in 90 minutes with 20 minutes to finish the game. The exact format of the competition will depend on the number of entries.
The entry fee is £20 per team, payable on the day. Any player who is not a member of the ECF needs to pay an extra £4. The clubs that won the top division of the six EACU county leagues (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bury League) in the last season are entitled to enter a team of entirely their club players at half price into the Open.
Tea and coffee will be provided free of charge. There is a pub or two in the village as well as a village shop.
Enquiries and entries should be made to Patrick Ribbands or to 01223 842197. Entries by 28th October please.