Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club Cuppers 2023 is a tiddlywinks tournament for teams of four, consisting of an all-play-all stage, from which the top two teams will be placed into a final match for the title. This competition is open to anyone who is a current undergraduate or postgraduate at either the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University.
As usual, no prior experience is required; training will be available. The winner will receive the Cuppers Trophy and a spirits-based prize (or substitute if desired).
In other terms, CUTwC has played the Nick Ashley ladder tournament.
For the 2022 Cuppers competition, see the 2022 Cuppers tournament.
See also the 2020 Cuppers and 2018 Cuppers tournaments — the 2019 tournament, while theoretically happening, seems to have been hypothetical.
|Chilli's Red Hot Peppers||1¾+½||0/0/1||23½||215⁄16|
|You Wink Some, You lose some||1¾||0/0/1||16½||25⁄14|
|Naughty Society of Feral Winkers||1||0/0/1||12½||31⁄8|
|March 8th 2023|
|Chilli's Red Hot Peppers||5→11||-||9→17||Carnovsky Cats|
|March 1st 2023|
|Chilli's Red Hot Peppers||6||-||8||Carnovsky Cats|
|February 22nd 2023|
|Carnovsky Cats||22||-||6||You Wink Some, You lose some|
|QWXCL||5||-||2||Chilli's Red Hot Peppers|
|February 15th 2023|
|You Wink Some, You lose some||10½||-||10½||Chilli's Red Hot Peppers|
|Naughty Society of Feral Winkers||12½||-||15½||Carnovsky Cats|
The following teams have registered for Cuppers:
|Naughty Society of Feral Winkers||Caius||Sam Dernie|
|You Wink Some, You Lose Some||Corpus Christi||Lexi Galsworthy|
|The Carnovsky Cats||Pembroke|
|Chilli's Red Hot Peppers||Trinity|
Please note that the deadline for signing up has now passed.
There is a sign-up fee of £10 per team. This fee covers tournament entry and provides all members of the team with a nominal membership to CUTwC for the entirety of Lent term (this allows members to turn up to CUTwC sessions throughout the term including Cuppers but does not entitle these members to vote on any Club issues unless they are also full members of CUTwC).
In order to form a team, all members of the team must be part of some common group, traditionally Cambridge colleges or departments. This group can be linked by something other than college/department, however it must be a reasonable link and what is considered reasonable is at the discretion of the tournament organisers. Collaborations are permitted (e.g. St John's and Trinity Colleges could form an unlikely partnership) but this should be acknowledged in the team's name where possible.
In order to enter the team the team captain must email the tournament organisers (Bertie Politi and Megan Vaughan) with:
This must be done by the entry deadline, which is 11:59pm on Thursday 26th January 2023.
Participants cannot change teams midway through the tournaments; however, substitutes for absent players are permitted at the tournament organisers' discretion. The tournament organiser must be informed of the name and college/department of all team members prior to their first involvement in a Cuppers match.
By entering the tournament, you acknowledge that you will have to pay the £10 entry fee for your team. This can be paid by either:
In the event that the tournament is cancelled due to COVID-related issues, then each team is entitled to a £5 refund.
Each team member will be provided with a personalised squidger for participation, and mats and winks will be provided at Wednesday CUTwC meetings. If you need to rearrange matches then it is your responsibility to ensure that you a have a mat and a set of winks to use; these can be bought from the club or borrowed from other players.
If you have any specific requests for your team's squidgers, please contact the tournament organiser by Wednesday 1st of February — this relates to colour, team name, logo design if not a college crest, etc. The Club squidger smith may be able to accommodate requests where possible, but all squidgers made for the team must be identical.
A "Cuppers' Committee" consisting of Bertie Politi and Meghan Vaughan has been nominated to oversee the tournament. Either of these may be considered "the tournament organiser" for the purposes of the below rulings, but any significant decisions will be discussed by both.
The games themselves will be played using the standard ETwA rule set. A link to the simplified version of the rules (covering most aspects of play and being vaguely understandable for beginners!) as well as a link to the full rules are included below.
The rules and format of the tournament are to be as follows:
Any rule disputes should be brought to the attention of the tournament organiser immediately. The Cuppers' Committee's decision regarding any rule dispute is final.
The Cuppers' Committee reserves the right to alter or add rules to the tournament in order to prevent rule abuse.
For further information, please email the tournament organiser or see the CUTwC web site, https://cutwc.org.