The Hubert Phillips Bowl is an eccentric English competition. It is a knockout Team-of-Four event with matches arranged privately. This is an ideal tournament for new players coming from the environs of rubber or chicago bridge to the game of duplicate, as well as an excellent event for all tournament players.

Note: The English Bridge Union maintains a list of all winners of this prestitious tropy online.

Green Points are awarded for matches won in all rounds. But all teams must contain at least one man and one woman and it is a pivot event. Everyone must play a third of the boards (30 until the final stages) with each other team member. Most people play teams of 4, but teams of 6 are allowed, in which case the match is played in two halves with the above rules applying to each half.

There must always be at least one man and at least one woman in play. At no time may an all-male or all-female team be playing. In addition to this, aggregate rather than IMP scoring is used and honors count. Scoring is by aggregate with honors counting.

Seeding has been introduced, so that every team entering is guaranteed at least one match before meeting a seed. Matches are of 30 boards up to and including the quarter-final, except that 24-board or 27-board matches may be played in Rounds 1–3 by mutual agreement. Source. A picture of the Hubert Phillips Bowl is shown below.

     

Mr. Hubert Phillips was for sixteen years Crossword Editor of the News Chronicle, and hundreds more of his puzzles have appeared In other periodicals. He constructed about 5,000 crosswords. most of them cryptic in character, and all infused by his distinctive brand of humor. Mr. Hubert Phillips had a national reputation in many other fields. His satirical column, Dogberry, ran in the News Chronicle for over twenty years. Among his many talents is that he was a journalist, a broadcaster, a freelance author and writer, and to a high degree an organizer, who made things happen.

Note: the designation Dogberry is also the pseudonym adopted by Mr. Hubert Phillips as author. The definition is: 1. A wild gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati) of eastern North America, bearing large, prickly berries; 2. A wild mountain ash (Pyrus decora) of eastern North America; 3. The fruit of either of these plants.

Note regarding Pseudonyms: Caliban and Dogberry were his names as an eminent and creative author of the best intellectual and mathematical puzzles on an international level. Source: The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge, Third Edition, 1971.

Note: Following the end of the Great War in the year 1918 he became Head of the Department of Economics at Bristol University and Head of Extra-Mural Studies between 1919 and 1924. He was Director, Liberal Research Department in the year 1924; the Economic Advisor and Secretary, Liberal Industrial Enquiry between 1924 and 1928; Advisor to the Parliamentary Liberal Party between 1926 and 19288. He stood as a Liberal Party candidate in the year 1929 at Wallasey. He joined the News Chronicle in the year 1930.

He was the creator of innumerable puzzles, mathematical and inferential, and had republished many of them in book form. He had captained England at contract bridge, and had written a score of books, not only on bridge, but on indoor games generally. He was the theme convener of the Lion and Unicorn Pavilion at the Festival of Britain Exhibition. He had made many appearances in the field of radio broadcasting and made television appearances. Mr. Hubert Phillips was born in the year 1891, studied history and economics at Oxford, and began his career, after serving throughout World War I as a university lecturer. He was also actively interested in politics, and for four years was Secretary and Adviser to the Liberal Parliamentary Party.

Biographical Background

The complete biography of this active personality, who enjoyed greatly the game of bridge, cannot be presented on this web page. For the serious student of the historical points of the evolution of the game of bridge in the United Kingdom it would be prudent to explore the many achievements of this personality.

     
     

Previous Winners of the Hubert Phillips Bowl

Year   Winners
1937   Captain W. H. Ricardo, Mrs. W. H. Ricardo, Mrs. T. Morgan, D. McAllister
1938   Miss E. (Penguin) Corke, H. R. Evans, J.C.H. Marx, S. J. Simon
1939   B. Franks, J, Lazarus, A, Manch, Mrs, Lobe
1940   Note: From 1940 to 1946 there was no competiton owing to the world war and war efforts. The competition was resumed in 1947.
1947   L. Jacobs, Mrs. Preedy, Maurice Porter, Harman
1948   Note: In 1948 there was no competition.
1949   Note: In 1949 there was no competition.
1950   Note: In 1950 there was no competition.
1951   Lewis Ellison, Dorothy Shanahan, James (Jim) Sharples, Robert (Bob) Sharples
1952   Geoffrey Fell, Mrs. R. F. Corwen, Harold Franklin, Frank Farrington, Mrs. A. Kremer
1953   Rixi Markus, Pat Cotter, Dr. Sidney Lee, Jordanis Pavlides, Lady Doris Rhodes, Boris Schapiro
1954   Phyllis Williams, F Emmett, Pat Gardener, Nico Gardener, Joe Pearlstone
1955   Rixi Markus, Lady Doris Rhodes, Leslie Dodds, Dr. Sidney Lee, Jordanis Pavlides, Boris Schapiro
1956   Mrs. G. Durran, G. Durran, Mrs. K. Richard, Dr. K. Richard, A. Grossman, E. Rosenfelder
1957   Dorothy Shanahan, Maurice Harrison-Gray, James (Jim) Sharples, Robert (Bob) Sharples
1958   Joe Hochwald, Mrs. E. Dick, Eric Milnes, C. Vickerman
1959   Fritzi Gordon, G. Mathieson, Dr. Sidney Lee, Standish Booker
1960   Mrs. P. Forbes, Kenneth Konstam, Dr Sidney Lee, Boris Schapiro
1961   M. A. Porter, Mrs. J. M. Davies, G. C. Griffiths, E. J. Spurway, Phil Topley
1962   Rixi Markus, Harold Franklin, Tony Priday, Dr. Melvyn Rockfelt, Boris Schapiro, Michael Wolach
1963   Rita Oldroyd, A. Finlay, Irving Manning, Eric Milnes, C. Vickerman
1964   Rixi Markus, Fritzi Gordon, Boris Schapiro, Michael Wolach, Tony Priday, Harold Franklin
1965   Mrs. Swarbrick, Mrs. Lundell, Jimmy Tait, Carl Hille, Marius Wlodarczyk
1966   Mrs M Whitaker, C Goldstein, Albert Rose, Joel Tarlo
1967   Dorothy Shanahan, Maurice Harrison-Gray, James (Jim) Sharples, Robert (Bob) Sharples
1968   Rita Oldroyd, Irving Manning, Joe Bloomberg, Raymond J. Brock, A Finlay, E Newman
1969   Nina Thomas, S W Thomas, B M Clowes, J R Atkin, A Isaacson
1970   Jane Priday, Tony Priday, Martin Hoffman, Michael Wolach
1971   Dorothy Shanahan, James (Jim) Sharples, Robert (Bob) Sharples, Joe Amsbury
1972   Ann Kirch, Jeremy Flint, Irving Rose, Tony Eastgate, Bernard Teltscher, Tony Pescott-Day
1973   Dr. R. R. Allan, R. D. Bretherton, G. S. Francis, Mrs. G. S. Francis
1974   Bobby Franses, I. Franses, Mrs. V. Franses, Roger Jackson
1975   David Jones, B. G. White, Martin Wilson, Mrs. D. Hall, Mrs. S. Darby
1976   Phyllis Williams, Douglas Smerdon, J. Langiert, C. Lawson
1977   Peter Austwick, Valerie Austwick, Pat Davies, J. Mendela
1978   Brian Senior, Mrs. G. M. Boothroyd, Mrs. R. G. Prince, C. Bottomley
1979   Sally Harris, David Bretherton, Eric Crowhurst, Pete Jackson, Simon Webb
1980   Derek Rimington, Nicola Gardener, Robert (Bob) Rowlands, Raymond J. Brock
1981   Mrs. P. Bloomer, B. G. Smith, K. Sharples, P. Genney
1982   Derek C. Rimington, Nicola Gardener, Robert J. Rowlands, Ramond J. Brock, Michael E. Dilks
1983   W. John Holland , Michelle Brunner, John Armstrong, Graham T. Kirby
1984   Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield, John W. Hassett , Jeff K. Morris
1985   W. John Holland, Michelle Brunner, John Armstrong, Graham T. Kirby
1986   W. John Holland, Michelle Brunner, John Armstrong, Graham T. Kirby
1987   Derek Oram, Celia Oram, John Sadler, Tony Waterlow
1988   John Holland, Michelle Brunner, John Armstrong, Graham T. Kirby
1989   Janice Phillips, Gus Calderwood, Dick Shek, Victor Silverstone
1990   Derek Oram, Celia Oram, John Sadler, Tony Waterlow
1991   John Holland, Michelle Brunner, John Armstrong, Graham T. Kirby
1992   Steve Preston, Heather Maidment, David Huggett, John Moore
1993   Dave Roberts, Steve Ray, Georgia Ray, Ian Spoors, Liz Muir, Brian Senior
1994   T. E. Duncan Quibell, C. John Elliott, Sandra Landy, Phillip W. Poulter, Neil K. Watts
1995   Frances Hinden, Jeffrey C. Allerton, Graham C. Osborne, Tom G. Townsend
1996   Anthony (Tony) R. Forrester, Michelle Brunner, John Holland, Ian Monachan, Jason Hackett
1997   Jeremy Dhondy, Heather Dhondy, Richard J. Fleet, David L. Parry
1998   Dr. H. Tom Gisborne, Sandy L. Davies, Michael (Mike) Pomfrey, Sam Manavi, David Waxman
1999   Rhona B. Goldenfield, Bernard Goldenfield, William (Bill) Hirst, John Hassett
2000   Sally J. Brock, Raymond J. Brock, Steve J. Lodge, Robert Sheehan, Tom Townsend
2001   Sally J. Brock, Raymond J. Brock, Steve J. Lodge, Robert Sheehan, Colin Simpson
2002   Sally J. Brock, Raymond J. Brock, Steve J. Lodge, Robert Sheehan, Tom Townsend
2003   Rhona Goldenfield, Bernard Goldenfield, William (Bill) Hirst, John Hassett
2004   Sally J. Brock, Raymond J. Brock, Steve J. Lodge, Robert M. Sheehan
2005   Chris Jagger, Cath Jagger, Ian Pagan, Julian Wightwick
2006   Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Graham Osborne, Jon Cooke
2007   Janet de Botton, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Artur Malinowski, Nick Sandqvist
2008   Chris Jagger, Cath Jagger, Jonathan Mestel, Ian Pagan, Julian Wightwick
2009   Anne Rosen, Richard Bowdery, Ian Draper, Neil Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick
2010   Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Jonathan Cooke, Graham Osborne, Michael (Mike) Scoltock
2011   Anne Rosen, Richard Bowdery, Simon Cope, Ian Draper, Neil Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick
2012   Anne Rosen, Richard Bowdery, Simon Cope, Ian Draper, Neil Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick
     
Note: A Plate Competition has been added to this event beginning in the year 2012 in order to ensure that all non-seeded teams play at least two matches.
     
2013   Anne Rosen, Richard Bowdery, Simon Cope, Ian Draper, Neil Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick
2014   Sally J. Brock, Gunnar Hallberg, Barry Myers, Robert Sheehan
2015   Val Gibson, William (Bill) March, Clive Owen and John Atthey
     

 


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