Gold Cup (bridge)
The Gold Cup is the premier open British contract bridge competition for teams of four. (Teams may comprise up to six players but only four take part at any one time.) It was first contested in the 1931/32 season, making it one of the oldest contract bridge tournaments anywhere. The event was run by the British Bridge League through 1999 and subsequently by Bridge Great Britain, a newly formed not-for-profit organisation. Except for 1933/34 the format has always been single-elimination (knock-out).
The 2013 Gold Cup was the 76th. There were eight annual competitions before 1940 and 68 more have been completed since its resumption in 1946.
Boris Schapiro played on 11 winning teams, with 52 years between his first success in 1945/46 and his last in 1997/98. Tony Forrester equalled his record when he was a winner in 2012 and surpassed it when he won again in 2013; his first win was in 1983. Terence Reese had 8 wins.
- Peter Hasenson (ed), British Bridge Almanack, 77 Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-9549241-0-X, pp240–249.
- Gold Cup: Introduction. Bridge Great Britain. Retrieved 2013-12-17. —sibling pages cover 2013 administration
- Archives: 4 Gold Cup Wins. Bridge Great Britain. Retrieved 2013-12-17. —career leading players
- Archives: Gold Cup Roll of Honor. Bridge Great Britain. Retrieved 2013-12-17. —list of winning teams and members
- Past Results: 2012 Gold Cup Finals. Bridge Great Britain. Retrieved 2013-12-17. —sibling pages cover seven previous competitions
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